BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — Seaside communities in New England are providing free beach access to Native Americans as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend.
Officials in Narragansett, Rhode Island, are offering free seasonal beach passes to anyone with a valid identification card from the Narragansett Indian tribe.
The Massachusetts town of Truro is also extending a similar benefit to any Native American with proof of tribal affiliation.
Eastham, another Massachusetts town on Cape Cod, extended beach rights to indigenous people in 2020.
The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Cape Cod says the “symbolic steps” recognize the importance of the ocean to tribal heritage.