Honoring Indigenous Veterans

Join us in supporting the creation of a Native American Veteran’s Monument at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island. This project is carried out by the members of the Honoring Indigenous Veterans Committee, including Charles B. Smith Jr. (Seaconke Wampanoag). This is a project of Tomaquag Museum's Indigenous Empowerment Network, founded by Lorén Spears (Narragansett). Tomaquag Museum, is a 2016 Institute of Museum & Library Services National Medal winner and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a GuideStar platinum rating, that ensures fiscal responsibility and transparency.

The Honoring Indigenous Veterans of Turtle Island Committee includes Indigenous veterans, educators, artists, advocates and allies who are committed to ensuring Indigenous Veterans are honored. The project furthers Tomaquag Museum’s mission to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth. Tomaquag's Indigenous Empowerment Network (IEN), established in 2016, strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community of Rhode Island through education, cultural competency, job training, employment, small business incubation, addressing social justice and building equity through Tomaquag Museum and our ever expanding network of partners.

Kutaputush, Thank you to all who have supported the t-shirt sales, raffle sales, donated and sponsored so far! We have raised over $28,000 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!


"Because we have to support our own people and I have family in the cause"

-Toni Weeden

"Doing this on behalf of my son Josh: ‘It is important for people around me to know about Indigenous People. They were here before anyone else and lived through the wars.’"

-Elena Koulidobrova and Josh Santana Gonzalez

"Honoring our Native Heroes "

-Pearl Brown

"I am indigenous and a veteran."

-Ramona Mcneal

"Beautiful Tshirt design and an important project to honor Indigenous veterans!"

-Matthew Castaldi

"Long overdue honor for these veterans."

-Cynthia T.

Thank you to Travis Partington host of Oscar Mike Radio. To watch the show click link below:

Below video version of interview:

A state legislative grant was awarded to the Honoring Indigenous Veterans project. Delivered to the museum this past Saturday by state representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson , the $25,000 check was presented to Charles Smith and Lorén Spears. This award has helped us reach our goal and we are now ready to move forward with the Honoring Indigenous Veterans Monument project! This monument will honor all Indigenous Veterans within the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. We plan to utilize local Native American masons to create the arch and plinth (base) that surrounds the engraved stone marker. The goal is to include all represented tribal nations.