Cambridge, Mass. Adding Signs To Recognize Indigenous People's History

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cambridge, Mass. will soon be adding street signs to pay homage to the Native Americans who once lived in the region.

80 streets in Cambridge will have translations in the Massachusett language. The project was approved as part of the city’s 2021 participatory budget.

Member of the Northern Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island Sage Carbone led the years-long effort.

“This isn’t a new idea to have direct translations into indigenous languages. This is something that is frequently found on reservations,” said Carbone. “I’m really excited. I think that where I live has the opportunity to lead the way in identifying that this is native land in Cambridge.”

The new signs are still being designed to match the current signs in the city, but they expect all to be added by next summer.

“My hope is that when people are traveling through, or coming to visit, they see that East Cambridge and Kendall Square are making those efforts to reconcile with their histories,” said Carbone.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.

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