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American Indigenous Studies Resources

Local Indigenous Cultural Centers

This section highlights Indigenous Cultural centers within the New England area. Please continue to the sites in order to find information regarding exhibitions, visiting, and hours. For a larger list of Tribal Cultural Centers across North America, please look at ATALM’s map here.

The author of this guide would like to remind users that while they highly encourage users to speak to Indigenous cultural centers for more direct knowledge about tribal communities, they would also like to remind users that they should respect these organizations’ time and willingness to work with outside researchers.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Museum is housed in a historic Wampanoag family homestead and has been open to the public since 2006. The museum is operated by the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Inc., an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to “preserve, interpret and document the Aquinnah Wampanoag self-defined history, culture and contributions, past, present, and future.”

Tribally owned and operated since it opened on Aug. 11, 1998, the Museum brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. It serves as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast and on the region's rich natural history.

Housed in a fine example of an old half Cape Cod house, the Museum contains displays of ancient artifacts and other Native American heirlooms that form a chronological commentary on life among the Wampanoag for thousands of years.

Originally established in 1969 as the Boston Indian Council and is the oldest urban Indian center in Massachusetts, NAICOB has provided cultural, social, educational, and professional related services to the New England Native American community for 50 years. 

The oldest Native operated museum in the US, the Tantaquidgeon Museum is the Mohegan Tribe’s cultural center. Collection highlights include the Uncas Wampus Collar that is the only known New England wampum that has continuously been in Native care since the 1600s.

Founded in 1958, the Tomaquag Museum educates the public and promotes thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connects to Native issues of today.