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#1 Feb-10-2015 08:50:am

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URI, tribe work to locate offshore lands

Full Article: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/0 … story.html

PROVIDENCE ó University of Rhode Island researchers are working with Native Americans to ensure that energy companies hoping to erect massive wind turbines off New England do not inadvertently disturb the tribesí ceremonial sites and burial grounds, now submerged under hundreds of feet of water.

Providence-based Deepwater Wind is planning what could be the nationís first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. But federal regulators and Native Americans worry that wind turbines could inadvertently be parked on top of the sunken lands where Native Americans lived thousands of years ago.

Narragansett Indian Tribe oral history holds that they lived on land that is now off Rhode Islandís shore more than 15,000 years ago until their villages were inundated by water and they had to evacuate. Sea level was about 400 feet lower globally during the last Ice Age and what is now covered by water was once dry land.



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