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.  


We are excited to present new updates about the Honoring Indigenous Veterans monument!


The stone mark-ups for the monument have been finalized, and the committee is in the process of choosing the Military Emblems to use on the stone. Keep a look out for updated drawings, coming soon! Stay tuned for information regarding the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony. Please feel free to email us at honoringindigenousvets@gmail.com if you have any feedback or ideas, or if you would like to join our mailing list regarding any updates.


Thank you again for helping us to make this project a reality.

Kutaputush, Thank you to all who have supported the t-shirt sales, raffle sales, donated and sponsored so far! We are currently at $56,000! We are hoping to raise a total of $65,000 for the monument and an additional four benches. Only $9,000 to go! 

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

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.