To improve disaster preparedness within the Narragansett Tribe, the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Community Engagement Core distributed emergency planning information to Narragansett Tribal members at the Tribe's annual powwow.
The Narragansett Tribe is the only federally recognized tribe in Rhode Island. As a sovereign Nation, the Narragansett Tribe has its own governing body comprised of Chief Sachem, Medicine Man, Tribal Secretary, Tribal Treasurer, a nine-member Council, and a Tribal Elders’ Council.
As part of the powwow, the Brown SRP information tent displayed photographs of recent local disasters: mishita'shin (wind), mishittommo'ckon (water), no'te (fire), aukeesaei'u (earth), woskehuwaaonk (terror). Information for each family was tailored to their community's evacuation plan and emergency shelters.
The Community Engagement Core continues to collaborate with the Tribal Government to assist the Tribe with planning for all kinds of emergencies and natural disasters. The Community Engagement Core promotes environmental health and justice outreach and education across Rhode Island, a small, densely populated state with a long history of industrial activity. Its program complements the SRP's focus on a state-based approach by working on multiple levels with a variety of constituencies, including community-based organizations, state and federal government agencies, and other universities. For more information about the Brown SRP Community Engagement Core, visit the Brown SRP website .