Tension grows over control of Narragansett Indian headquarters
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The dispute over who has the right to control the Narragansett Indian purse strings and occupy the administration building continued with one side saying they are “conducting the tribe’s business,” while opponents went to court for help and insisted the other faction “broke in” to the building.
Chastity Machado, elected to the tribal council in July, is one of about 12 tribe members who slept in the offices after what was called a “transition of power” on Tuesday.
“We are taking care of payroll, and doing some internal processing to determine where we should go next,” Machado said. “We want to conduct a forensic audit to determine where our finances are.”