Narragansett

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The Narragansett tribe, or more accurately Nanigansek Sovereign Nation, controlled the area surrounding Narragansett Bay in present-day Rhode Island, and also portions of Connecticut, and eastern Massachusetts. The Nanigansek culture has existed in the region for thousands of years, trading extensively. Some members still speak the original Algonquian language, although it had died out and was only partially reclaimed from books in the early 20th century; the town of Narragansett, Rhode Island is named after them. According to tribal rolls there are approximately 2,400 members of the Narragansett Tribe today.

The word "Narragansett" means, literally, "at the small, narrow point," or "the people of the small, narrow point."

Many members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe reside on the tribal reservation located in the Town of Charlestown, Rhode Island.

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