Indigenous Empowerment Network

Educators Sherenté Harris and Lynsea Montanari playing and teaching traditional games in the summer longhouse with youth.

Educators Sherenté Harris and Lynsea Montanari playing and teaching traditional games in the summer longhouse with youth.

Indigenous Empowerment Network

The Indigenous Empowerment Network (IEN) has grown from a conceptual idea into a functioning and impactful tool for our Indigenous community. When IEN was first conceived, it was thought to be a bridge from our Indigenous community to the outlying community here in Rhode Island. Often times that outlying community can feel a world away for many of our people.  As IEN has grown, we have found this to be true, but also feel that we are more than just the bridge.  We have developed different levels of relationships with partners and developed new relationships with organizations/businesses on a continual basis. IEN is ever changing its function and ability to fit the needs of the community it serves.  It is based in mutual learning, with shared goals and with a long term goal of being a model for other culturally specific/tribal museums on how they can effect change in their community through empowerment utilizing education, job training and jobs as a catalyst.  


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.  


The Indigenous Empowerment Network envisions its future as a viable program, that helps Tomaquag Museum continue its future as an Indigenous Cultural Education destination that engages visitors in thoughtful dialogue that promotes understanding and strives to create experiences that experiences that transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and then interrelationship with the wider world, by executing the mission of the Indigenous Empowerment Network.  


Indigenous artist Nayana Glazier creating live art at Cranberry Thanksgiving 2018 -


Meet Our Partners

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Brown University

Brown University - Center for Slavery & Justice

Chariho Youth Task Force

College Unbound

Columbus Theatre

Common Cause

Community College of Rhode Island

Congressman Jim Langevin Arts & Culture Committee

Connecticut Indian Council

Exeter Job Corp - US DOL

Fruitlands Musuem

Haffenreffer Museum

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Hera Galley

Jonnycake Center - Peace Dale

Mystic Aquarium

Narragansett Indian Tribe

Narragansett Indian Tribe Language

Narragansett Indian Tribe Youth Ambassadors

Narragansett Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Narragansett Silver Clouds

Brown University's Native American at Brown (NAB)

New England Museum Association (NEMA)

Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance

Raytheon Industries

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island Indian Council 

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Rhythm & Roots Festival 

RI Department of Administration - Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity

RI Department of Labor & Training

Roger Williams National Memorial - National Park Service

Roger Williams University

Salve Regina University - Pell Center

Secretary of State Office of Rhode Island

South County Center of Art & Culture

Standing Up For Racial Justice - South County

The Center for Women and Enterprise

The MET School

The Steel Yard

The Woman's Project - South County & Providence Chapter

Trinity Repertory Company

United Universalist Church of South County

University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island SNAP Outreach

UPP Arts

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Warwick Center for the Arts

Witness For Peace

Year Up