Politics Cited as Backstory to R.I. Indian Smoke Shop Raid

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http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20030716_raid16.c2a8f.html Political brinksmanship was at the root of a wild melee that broke out between Narragansett Indians and law enforcers at an Indian-operated smoke shop Monday in Rhode Island, according to the Providence Journal. Matthew Thomas, leader of the Narragansett Indians, sent an e-mail on Saturday to Governor Carcieri informing him that the smoke shop was going to open that day. The tribe's leader said they were opening the shop due to the failure of Carcieri . . .

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