Committee

Honoring Indigenous Veterans of Turtle Island Committee



Committee Co-Chairs:


Charles B. Smith Jr., Seaconke Wampanoag Tribal Nation


Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Committee:


Darlene Bruce-Spencer, Treasurer, Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation


Maija Hill, Narragansett Tribal Nation*


Silvermoon LaRose, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Maryann Mathews, Manissean Tribal Council


John Pompey, Narragansett Tribal Nation*


Ilana Rose, South County Sunrise


Angel Beth Smith, Secretary, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Robin Spears Jr., Narragansett Tribal Nation*


Deborah Spears-Moorehead, Seaconke Wampanoag Tribal Nation


Candyce Testa, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation*


Bella Noka, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Randy Noka, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Bobby Jones, Narragansett Tribal Nation


Chrystal Mars Baker, Narragansett Tribal Nation


*Veteran


Maryann Gobern Mathews


Manissean Tribal Council President



"Pleased to work in an effort to show appreciation for and memorialize our tribal veterans who served proudly and honorably to protect our home lands and nations".


Maija Hill

Narragansett Tribal Nation


Universal Services Advocate

Veterans Inc.



"Hello, my name is Maija Hill, I am a member of The Narragansett Tribe, a veteran of the US Army, and proud mother of 3. The daughter of a US Air Force Korean War veteran, mother to a daughter who is currently serving in the US Air Force and mother of a son, who is also a veteran of the US Army. I am honored to serve on this advisory, which is a long overdue tribute to our ancestors who have gone before us".

“Deeds Not Words.”


Darlene Bruce-Spencer,

Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation

"I am passionate about being on the Honoring Indigenous Veterans community because many of my family both male and female have put their lives on the line so we can live in freedom. My earliest memories are of my family and community show respect and honor to our veterans".


Candyce Testa

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation


"The Indigenous Veteran’s Memorial is a reminder to the world that not only are we still here, but so are the spirits of our warrior ancestors who serve and protect us regardless of genocidal efforts against them. And so in this way, we honor them, uyách!"


Deborah Spears-Moorehead

Seaconke Wampanoag Tribal Nation


"Native Americans, men and woman, have fought in every war to protect our nation. They should always be honored with the highest honor and respect. If it wasn't for their sacrifice we would not have the freedom and quality of life that we experience every day."

Charles B. Smith Jr.

Seaconke Wampanoag Tribal Nation

Cemetery Specialist, RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Every nationality in the Rhode Island Veteran Cemetery has a memorial marker stone to commemorate their service that they gave their all for this country. Native Americans are the only group that does not have a memorial marker stone. This is the reason why I founded The Intertribal Monument Project. I believe Native American Veterans should be honored with a memorial at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery because of all nationalities, they have fought in every war this country has ever been in. My father Charles B Smith Sr. fought in three wars -World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.”


Lorén M. Spears

Narragansett Tribal Nation

Exc. Director, Tomaquag Museum


"My father, grandfathers, and many other relatives are veterans or serving in the military today. It is important for us to honor the sacrifice of Indigenous people who even to this day have the highest number per capita of service in the US armed forces."

Silvermoon LaRose

Narragansett Tribal Nation

Asst Director, Tomaquag Museum

"Ayeuteaen is the word for warrior in the Narragansett language. In our community, our warriors are those who give themselves to the service and care for others. This monument project will recognize those who have given of themselves to serve this country and represent our tribal communities, to protect Turtle Island, our home and our people. Native people have the highest per-capita involvement in all branches of the armed forces than any population serving at five times the national average and have served in every war since the Revolutionary war. Native people are more represented in the military than the general population! They serve and they do so proudly and we want to recognize them for their service and honor their contributions through this Veterans Monument Project.”



Robin Spears Jr.,

Narragansett Tribal Nation

Lt. Environmental Police, Narragansett Tribal Nation


"As a veteran, it is nice that Native Americans are being recognized for their service in the armed forces".

Angel Beth Smith

Narragansett Tribal Nation


"This project is important to me because my dad is buried there and I am delighted that our people are being honored for their service to this country."

John Pompey

Tribal Council, Narragansett Tribal Nation


"I’m tribal councilman John Great Wolf Pompey of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. I’m a 21 year retired veteran of the army. All veterans are honored every year, it’s about time we recognize and honor Indigenous veterans. This Monument will be a great start."

Ilana Rose

South County Sunrise

"Building a memorial to honor Indigenous veterans of Turtle Island is a Native-led and historical endeavor that I am excited to support!"

Bobby "Thunderhawk" Jones

Narragansett Tribal Nation

"It's an honor to be part of this committee to give tribute to our Native American veterans. I am a Narragansett Indian tribal elder who also has family who are veterans that include my grandfather, uncle's and many other relatives. I also feel that it's so important to remember our Native veterans who sacrificed and gave so much to this country. So, it's my hope to bring to light our honored Native veterans who have passed on and also with us today. Their honorable service should always be remembered."



Bella Noka

Narragansett Tribal Nation

"Our warriors would prefer peace over war however they never hesitate to defend the people, land, and their beliefs. The honor doesn't come from man, it comes from the Creator. Our warriors must be recognized and never forgotten. Aho!"




Randy Noka

Narragansett Tribal Nation

"Native Americans per capita serve in the armed forces more than any other ethnicity. I am honored to be part of this project. My father and brother were both in the Army, specifically the 82nd Airborne Division. This monument is long overdue, our veterans must be recognized!"


Chrystal Mars Baker

Narragansett Tribal Nation


PRC Administrator for Narragansett Indian Tribe Health Center

"I am one daughter of the late Rev. Roland C. Mars, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam Wartime Veteran who is now laid to rest in the Veterans Cemetery, Exeter RI. It is my honor to serve on a committee whose mission is to pay homage to Indigenous men and women who have given and continue to give their lives in service to Turtle Island for generations past, present, and into the future."