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Tomaquag Museum

C/O Indigenous Vets

390 A Summit Road

Exeter, RI 02822

Dear Friend,

Join us by supporting the creation of a Native American Veteran’s Monument at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island. This project is led by the Honoring Indigenous Veterans Committee and is a project of the Tomaquag Museum’s Indigenous Empowerment Network. Tomaquag Museum, a 2016 Institute of Museum & Library Services National Medal winner, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a GuideStar platinum rating, and ensures fiscal responsibility and transparency. Our goal is $50,000.

Over the last year, we created a committee named Honoring Indigenous Veterans of Turtle Island which includes Indigenous veterans, educators, artists, advocates and allies who are committed to the integrity of this project to ensure Indigenous Veterans are honored.“We are requesting donations for an intertribal Native American monument. Our goal is $50,000. It will be located at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, in Exeter, Rhode Island. Its purpose is to honor Native American Military Warriors, men and woman, who fought for our freedom in the wars for the United States of America.


“My father served in the United States Navy and also is buried in the R.I Veterans Cemetery where I am employed as a Cemetery Specialist. My father fought in three wars including: World War II, the Korean War, and in the Vietnam War. Presently, there is no monument to recognize or acknowledge or honor my father nor any other Native American veterans”.


Charles B. Smith Jr., "Snow Bear", Seaconke Wampanoag, Co-Chair


Purpose of Request: To build a Native American Monument honoring all Indigenous Warriors within the US Armed Services within the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. We intend to honor those who served-past, present and future.


All proceeds will support the creation of the monument.

Kutaputush! Thank you for your support!

Lorén Spears,

Co-Chair on behalf of the Honoring Indigenous Vets committee



Kutaputush, Thank you to all who have supported the t-shirt sales, raffle sales, donated and sponsored so far! We have raised over $20,000 to date!

The raffle winners are: Irene Perrealt, Travis Partington, Beth Deschene and Joan Gillies! Congratulations! Check out the Tomaquag Museum Facebook page for the live stream of the drawings.

Kutaputush, Aquené kah Noonantam-Thanks, Peace & Blessing!

Testimonials:

"This is such an important memorial! Thank you for fundraising for it!"

-Colleen Crotteau


"This monument will be in the cemetery where my father is buried. It will be a beautiful memorial for him and others from our tribal communities to be honored for their service."

-Silvermoon LaRose


"To honor indigenous veterans."

-Dan Johnsen


"To recognize the contribution of Native Americans who live on the land currently known as Rhode Island."

-Michael G Henry


"Truth-telling of Indigenous experiences through monuments, textbooks, and storytelling removes the possibility of more paper genocide and white-facing narratives where Indigenous Peoples are often ignored or erased."

-Jacklyn Janeksela