By Tiffany Choquette
Today marks 10 years since the State police raid on the
Narragansett Indian Tribe's smoke shop. The tribe is holding a remebrance ceremony this afternoon at the smoke shop location on Route 2 in Charlestown.
On July 14, 2003, more than two dozen troopers stormed the shop on then–Governor Donald Carcieri's orders after the tribe started selling tax–free cigarettes. Tribes people were manhandled during the raid; seven of them were arrested. Troopers confiscated all the cigarettes and nearly a thousand dollars in cash that day.
A federal appeals court judge eventually ruled the tribe had been operating the smoke shop illegally.
Three tribe members were found guilty of either assault or disorderly conduct in connection to the infamous raid, but none spent any time in jail.
Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and Randy Noka were given community service. Hiawatha Brown was sentenced to probation and ordered to take anger management courses.