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  • Petitioned Narragansett Town Council

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Narragansett Town Council

Preserve RI 110. Protect Native American and Rhode Island History!

    1. Petition by

      Rebecca Mears

Simply put, the Salt Pond Archaeological Site RI 110 is a historical treasure.

This site has been referenced as the most significant find on the
east coast due to its age. Artifacts from this site date back to
1300-1400 AD presenting a rare view into Native American life before
European settlement. According to the Narragansett Indian Tribal
Historic Preservation Office, this site is an ancient medicine
compound of the Turtle Clan of the Clan of the Narragansett Tribe.
Thousands of artifacts ranging from “projectile points, scrapers, a
quartz drill and a quartz perforator, fragments of ceramic and stone
vessels, stone pestles, a digging tool, grinding stones, stone
pendants, a pipe fragment, bone needles and a bone harpoon” have
already been found at this site. Furthermore, there is evidence of at
least three human burials at this site (RI, Historical Preservation &
Heritage Commission).

Unfortunately, Churchill & Banks has been given the green light by the
Coastal Resources Management Council to continue developing housing
and commercial businesses on this historical site. Once this land is
paved over and developed, we will forever lose a piece of our history.
Please sign this online petition to show your support for preserving
this monumental discovery and help us save history!

To:
Narragansett Town Council
We respectfully ask the Narragansett Town Council to support whatever steps are necessary to preserve the prehistoric site located at the head of Point Judith Pond designated RI 110.
It is a nationally important Native American site from 1300-1500 AD that the residents of Narragansett care about. It is the only Native American coastal village which remains intact in New England.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Gail Tefft FRANKLIN, PA
      • 5 months ago

      I'm signed this petition for dozens of reasons. First of all this should be preserved. It would be a great spot for tourist to visit. Rather than another building to house Chinas handiwork. Why not preserve AMÉRICAS handiwork and history of our forefathers! I am Married to a Tefft who is related to the oldest grave of a Tefft. My ansester lead the army down to the great swamp to kill the Indians, General James Cudworths. My father side also goes as far back to the knights and castles in Europe. Signed the Declaration of Independence. But who cares its history but a Spot to go to like that would be so Interesting and great. Please let's preserve it.

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    • melvin james CRANSTON, RI
      • 5 months ago

      all native land should protected as rare tribal land an never touched asa place of historic Preservation of the Narraganett tribe history.

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    • Charles Devine WARWICK, RI
      • 10 months ago

      This cannot be replaced. As an interpretive archaeological preserve, it would be something all Rhode Islander's would be proud of. It is the very heart of our history, a time capsule gifted to us. Narragansett. Rhode Island. On the cusp of contact. A time capsule. Please preserve it.

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    • Gillian Bell SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI
      • 10 months ago

      As a graduate of the University of Rhode Island's Anthropology department I whole-heartedly support this petition.

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    • Robert D Madison LOWELL, AR
      • 11 months ago

      As a native Rhode Islander of the Yankee breed, I recognize that much of my cultural heritage comes directly from those who were here before my European ancestors. In preserving their landscape, we preserve much that is all of us.

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