NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has turned down an attempt by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to get surplus land on Aquidneck Island for the Narragansett Indian tribe.

The Newport Daily News reports that Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Joseph Ludovici sent a letter Tuesday explaining the Navy made the decision because the bureau was unwilling to accept the land in "as is" condition, and wouldn't take on the environmental and legal risks of owning it.

A representative of tribe did not return calls for comment.

The bureau asked for the land when it first became available several years ago, but the request failed.

Ludovici wrote that the Navy would move forward with plans to dispose of the land to the three communities where it is located: Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown.


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