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Tribe, Brown U. dispute over ownership of land plot


HASN’T POSTED BAIL. (MM) A LAND DISPUTE IN BRISTOL TONIGHT THE POKANOKET TRIBE HAS BEEN CAMPED OUT FOR DAYS ON BROWN UNIVERSITY LAND.. THEY CLAIM IS THEIRS. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH MORE.. NEW AT FIVE THIRTY- (SN) I WENT TO CAMP PO METACOM TODAY… THEY’RE TAKING THE ENTRY WAY TO IT VERY SERIOUSLY… THEY HAVE GUIDELINES AND RULES FOR EVERY GUEST TO READ IF THEY’RE ALLOWED ON THE CAMP… AND THE LEADERS CLEAR… THIS ISN’T TEMPORARY… THIS IS THEIR LAND. THIS SPOT ON BRISTOL’S COAST …. SAYS NO TRESPASSING… PROPERTY OF BROWN UNIVERSITY…. BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE ORANGE CONES…. AND CHAIN IN THE ROAD… NEW SIGNS CLAIM POKANOKET LAND… WE ARE NOT TRESPASSING. Its not a matter of me proving that this land belogns to me its a matter of you disproving. THE TRIBE SAYS THIS PLOT ON THE COAST … IS SACRED AND THEY HAVE OWNERSHIP OF IT…. BUT BROWN UNIVERSITY HAS A MUSEUM HERE AND SAYS IT WAS DONATED TO THEM YEARS AGO… AFTER YEARS OF FRUSTRATION… SUNDAY THE TRIBE STARTED LIVING HERE IN DOZENS OF TENTS… AND FLEW THEIR FLAG… BROWN UNIVERSITY SAYS THEY MET WITH TRIBE LEADERS TUESDAY MORNING… SAYING IN A STATMENT…. Our focus was to listen and become knowledgeable about their position. We also discussed Brown’s access to the land for our academic activities. THE TRIBE ALLOWS BROWN EMPLOYEES ON THE LAND BUT SAYS THERE WILL BE NO OTHER CONCESSIONS… THEY SAY THIS ISN’T ABOUT MONEY… THIS IS ABOUT HERITAGE. this land is not for sale or negotiation this is our ancestral village this is our spiritual high ground. BROWN SAYS… We are open to engaging in sustained conversations about ensuring the best long-term solution for access for all the Indigenous Nations in this area. BUT THE TRIBES SAGAMORE OR CHIEF OF CHIEFS… TELLS ME THEY DON’T WANT JUST ACCESS. THEY HAVE CLAIMED THEIR HOME BACK. im not worried about what brown has to say ive already legally transferred that land back into my trust. (SN) I ASKED THE SAGAMORE HOW LONG HE PLANNED TO STAY THERE… HE SAID HE’S PREPARED FOR ANYTHING.

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