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Native American Tribes of Rhode Island

Welcome to our Rhode Island State Facts section, part of an educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Rhode Island tribe, or scroll below the map for Rhode Island Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages of Rhode Island. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

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American Indians in Rhode Island

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Rhode Island included:


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*The Narragansett tribe
*The Niantic tribe
*The Wampanoag tribe

There is one federally recognized Indian tribe in Rhode Island today.

Here are the addresses of Rhode Island's Indian reservations:

1 Narragansett Indian Tribe:
PO Box 268
Charlestown, RI 02813
http://www.narragansett-tribe.org/

Other Indian tribes, bands and communities remaining in Rhode Island today include:

*Pokanoket Tribe:
500 Wood Street
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
http://pokanoket.us/

Teaching and learning activities about Rhode Island Native American Indians:

Feel free to print these out for classroom use!

*Rhode Island Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Rhode Island's Indian tribes.
*Rhode Island Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Rhode Island languages.
*Rhode Island Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Rhode Island animals.
*Rhode Island Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Rhode Island.
    We currently have pages for the Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Niantic tribes.

Recommended books about Rhode Island Native Americans:

*Rhode Island Indians: Simple book introducing Rhode Island's Native American history and culture to kids.
*New England Indians: More in-depth book for kids about the tribes of Rhode Island and New England.
*Encyclopedia of Rhode Island Indians: Thorough compilation of information about Rhode Island Indian tribes.
*A Key into the Language of America: 1643 book about the Narragansetts by Roger Williams himself.
*Native American Place Names of Rhode Island: The native etymology of present-day place-names in Rhode Island.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Rhode Island state:

*American Indian Place Names in Rhode Island:
     List of Rhode Island place names and their original meanings, and an old map of Indian New England.

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