- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - The occupation of a tribal government building by a faction of the Rhode Island Narragansett tribe that is demanding a change in leadership is now in its sixth day.

One of the occupiers, Councilwoman Chastity Machado, says family members and other supporters came to the building Sunday to help the group celebrate Christmas.

The occupiers include elected tribal council members who impeached Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and want him to step down.

Thomas and his supporters say they don’t recognize the results of a July election or the impeachment.

A federal judge and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo have both said they have no jurisdiction over the sovereign tribe. The governor is urging a peaceful resolution.

Machado says a generator is supplying power to the building after someone cut power on Friday.


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