Narragansett Indian Tribe Protests Invenergy Water Deal

Oct 15, 2017

Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe protested Saturday against their tribal water being sold to Invenergy, the developer of a natural gas power plant that still needs approval from state officials. 

Invenergy recently announced the tribe as the back-up water supplier to cool its proposed plant. However, tribal members claim the water deal was made illegally without a vote from the tribal body, which violates the their constitution.  

Member of grassroots organization, No New Power Plant, marches in solidarity with the Narragansett Indian Tribe.
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About 30 tribal members and power plant opponents from the grassroots organization, No New Power Plant, marched in solidarity down Broad Street in Providence to the Statehouse downtown. 

They chanted "Power plant go home!" and "What do we say? No!" 

Protesters make their way to the Statehouse.
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“We don’t support something that harms the environment, such as that power plant would do, the fracking of the natural resources, the water that it’s going to need to operate, the pollution and pollutants that it’s going to put in the air," Randy Noka, tribal councilman, said. 

Darlene Monroe, tribal elder and march organizer, said the next step is to file a court order that would put a stop to the water agreement.

Protesters join hands for a closing prayer after the march at the Statehouse.
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