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Tribe, Brown University Agree to Meet on Disputed Land

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The leader of a tribe that has set up an encampment on Brown University over land that they claim as their own says he and university officials have agreed to meet.

Winds of Thunder, the tribe's sagamore, or chief of chiefs, tells The Providence Journal he met with representatives of the Ivy League school Tuesday and they agreed to meet on the disputed land.

University spokeswoman Cass Cliatt called it "the beginning of a conversation."

The Pokanoket Nation and their supporters set up a long-term encampment Sunday to reclaim their ancestral home in Bristol that they say was illegally taken from them hundreds of years ago.

University officials say the land was donated decades ago and they have owned the legal title for more than 60 years.

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