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Portraits of Mashantucket Pequot women
A new and very notable exhibition opened at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in October. “The Indigenous People’s Project: The Mashantucket (Western) Pe...
Elders treasured, respected as tribal wisdom-keepers
Native American elders are treasured as the people who pass on traditions, culture and information forward to younger people. We spoke with four elders who shared their...
Eastern Pequot elder Wilson: Answering the call to help his people
Lawrence E. (Larry) Wilson III had gone out into the world and established himself professionally, when he was first called home to help his tribe. Now, as an elder, Wil...
Keeping tribal youth connected to their culture
Honey Carter is proud of who she is as a young member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and she wants others her age to feel the same way. Wanting her voice to be heard, ...
Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel: ʽStanding in love’ for the Mohegan tribe
Mohegan — From the time she was a little girl, Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel gave tours of the Tantaquidgeon Museum, the oldest Native American owned and operated museum in...
Mohegan’s Maynard: a role model for younger generations
When Mohegan Tribal Elder Sharon Maynard talks to tribal youths, she shares with them her “one thing rule.” She tells them to learn one skill, one word, one story, or on...
Native American history, voices to be heard in schools
Chris Newell, former education supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, said during his six years at the museum it was not uncommon for a student ...
Reels: Helping tribal members identify with their heritage
As the director of cultural resources for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Wayne Reels helps people identify with their Native American heritage. He describes it as a “rebi...
Nehantic descendants unearth buried past
East Lyme – Buried beneath the crests and valleys of McCook Point overlooking the Long Island Sound is the history of a forgotten people. David Brule, a descendant of th...
Missing and murdered Indigenous woman, a disturbing and enduring issue
In August of 2021, social media was abuzz and cable news spent hours covering the case of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old white woman from New York who went missing while on...
Welcome to More Than a Month: Native Americans
When we embarked earlier this year in creating the More Than a Month special section, we made it clear that the intention of the section would be to cover communities tha...
Keeping Native American culture alive in Connecticut
As Connecticut and America emerged from colonial governments to independence, members of local Native American tribes saw the opposite happening to their governance, cult...
Centuries later, understanding of the Pequot War continues to evolve
When Kevin McBride looks at stories about the Pequot War ― something with which he has a lot of experience ― he sees two narratives: colonist support or “lo the poor Ind...
For tribes, federal recognition opens doors, confers respect
Federal recognition. In the context of Indian tribes, the term connotes acknowledgment, acceptance and, above all else, leaders of southeastern Connecticut’s tribes say, ...
Mashantucket Pequot’s re-envisioning museum
Last November, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council asked Joshua Carter to be the interim director at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Carter said he w...
Living examples of Native American contributions to national defense
From the Revolutionary War to the beaches of Normandy and beyond, Native Americans have long had a presence in the American military. It’s no different in Connecticut. M...
Amid gaming success, tribes seek to counter misconceptions, educate
After more than a quarter-century operating businesses that serve as economic engines for the region and the state, employing thousands of people and providing millions o...
Showcasing ‘A Portrait of Complexities’
The walls of La Grua Center in Stonington are adorned with a vibrant array of art. A canvas shimmers with a deep shade of purple — like a darker twilight — and what look ...
Unassuming Mystic Realtor recognized by national trade association
Mystic ― Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Luis Rodriguez joined his American mother in Windham at the age of 16. He remembers touring Windham High School and being amazed ...
Peruvian couple has weathered changes in business climate
New London ― Since arriving in the city in 1990, they’ve survived the Great Recession and the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, despite some reservations about New Lo...
From Pfizer to military service to local police and business, Hispanic role models share stories
In southeastern Connecticut, people of Hispanic heritage stand as role models for youths in many professional and civic positions. The Day interviewed six role models in ...
Taino Productions: Preserving cultures, one event at a time
New London ― Near the end of a recent interview, Liz Quinones, who along with her husband Willie founded Taino Productions in 2018, hit on an apt description of exactly ...
For New Londoners with Latino and Black heritage, there is pride in nuanced ancestry
When Yanitza Cubilette returned to the Dominican Republic in 2018, for the first time in seven or eight years, one of the first things she did was visit her old Catholic...
Mi Familia meets needs of growing Hispanic population in New London
New London ― In just three short years, the Santiago family of New London has made a major impact on the food scene in New London. The owners of Mi Familia Restaurant at...
Local support group for Latin American women promotes well-being and leadership
New London‒ Two local Latinas and immigrants have created a safe space for women like them to find community and build the skills to become leaders in the greater communi...
Pfizer director played role in development of Paxlovid
Groton ― Barbara Rodríguez, a director of Drug Product Manufacturing at Pfizer, was interested in pharmacy from a young age, and her high school teachers nurtured that pa...
Candy’s Chapina offers a taste of Guatemala in New London
New London ― From her humble roots as a street vendor making tortillas from scratch on the streets of Santa Cruz del Quiche in Guatemala, Candy Simaj said she’s somewhat...
Hispanic and Latino people wield influence in Connecticut politics
Hispanic and Latino political power in Connecticut has never been more potent, although the question of how to mobilize that power remains. Political leaders from the His...
Hispanic Alliance Scholarship recipient Danni Cruz shows age is just a number
New London ― Danni Cruz was 13 years old when he was introduced to the world of politics. Cruz said he remembers attending a state representative debate between two Democ...
CGA Cadet Renae Sanchez went from Idaho farm to service at sea
New London ― U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Renae Sanchez’s family roots date to when the original Spanish explorers to Mexico ventured north to settle in wh...
Sgt. Celia Crespo thrives in nontraditional career
Groton ― Even as a small child in New London, Celia Crespo wanted to join the Army, and she wouldn’t let anyone talk her out of it. Now 36, Connecticut Air National Guar...
Groton City Police Officer loves interacting with the community
Groton ― City of Groton Police Officer Alejandro Rosa said his father was the first Hispanic police officer in Southbridge, Mass. and inspired many Hispanic individuals,...
L+M nurse motivated to make a difference
Growing up, Jorge Perez translated for his parents, who spoke Spanish and minimal English, if they needed help understanding what was going during medical appointments. ...
Jannette Velez promotes culture, youth involvement
Norwich ― Community activist Jannette Velez, was setting up a paint night fundraiser one night, when a 7-year-old girl started following her around, eager to help. Velez...
Family, fútbol remain the focus of NFA head coach
Norwich ― From living under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile to coaching the Norwich Free Academy Wildcats, Robert Briones has never been far away from a so...
Welcome to More than a Month: Hispanic Heritage
¡Hola amigos! Hi friends! Welcome to The Day’s quarterly special section, More than a Month: Hispanic Heritage . I decided to become a journalist more than 20 years a...
OutCT: Nonprofit serving region's LGBTQIA+ community is here to stay
New London — In its nine years of existence, OutCT has established itself as a leading voice for the LGBTQIA+ community in eastern Connecticut and beyond, its influence g...
New London Pride Festival 2022 promises week of welcoming events
New London — The theme for this year's New London Pride Festival, scheduled for Aug. 21-28, is "Come out, come out, whoever you are," a twist on the Wicked Witch scene fr...
The changing representation of LGBTQIA+ characters on stage
For a long time, LGBTQIA+ characters in plays and musicals tended to be ancillary characters, if they existed at all. And how often would LGBTQIA+ performers be cast in t...
A short glossary of some gender and sexuality terms
By this point, the acronym LGBT is well-known — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. But many people may not be familiar with some other terms around gender and sexual...
Where Connecticut stands on LGBTQIA+ rights
While state legislatures in conservative states are moving to limit discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation, Connecticut remains one of the more progressive ...
Coming out: Two transgender men from Norwich and New London share their stories
Benjamin Crowley says with a laugh that he has "a bad habit of doing things that stress me out for the long-term goal." Right now, that means the busyness of working full...
We may be entering a new era of activism for gay rights
I remember when, some ten years ago, New London's gay mayor attended an ecumenical service in his city marking Martin Luther King Day. As the keynote speaker, addressing ...
The LGBTQIA+ community and welcoming churches
Mystic — Lexy Leuszler recalls walking down the street with her partner about five years ago and seeing the sign outside of Mystic Congregational Church saying, "All are ...
New London therapist hopes public education will raise acceptance, understanding
Colorful butterflies decorate the walls, windows and logo of Chevelle Moss-Savage’s HEAL Consulting therapy office in New London not just because they are cheery for clie...
Waterford barber celebrates 25 years of acceptance in shop and community
Waterford — When Michelle Ramos first opened her own barbershop in 1997, she opted to go against the barbershop naming norms. "I didn't want to put my name on it," she sa...
Documentary to examine history of gay political and social life in New London
New London has a long, vibrant, political, artistic, multi-varied history of gay life. OutCT founder Constance Kristofik sought to memorialize it in a documentary coming ...
A destination where all identifies can intersect
New London — From dishwasher to owner of an enduring company, the charismatic Robb Bartolomeo, through self-reliance and tenacity, has changed the world around him. On a ...
What it means to be an ally
In 1976, when she started teaching and was living in Willimantic, retired Ledyard High School teacher Barbara Althen recalls losing her roommate at the same time her neig...
Colchester couple celebrates 46 years
Colchester — When Janet Peck sat down next to Carol Conklin at their mutual friends’ dinner party more than four decades ago, it was as if everybody else in the room disa...
More than a Month: Pride
Welcome to The Day's special section, More than a Month: Pride. The More than the Month quarterly editions are designed to take a deeper look at historically marginalized...
"To me, pride means being comfortable with who I am. A lot of members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including myself, have spent a lot of time trying to fit into a mold that...
From the streets of New York to a beach in New London: How Stonewall led to Gay Pride events in NYC and worldwide
How Stonewall led to Pride events in NYC and around the world
Black Heritage Trail uncovers little known stories of Black resilience
New London — Years of research by a dedicated group is providing a glimpse of Black life and resilience in New London across three centuries. The Black Heritage Trail was...
2010 MLK scholar helps people through medical manufacturing career, scholarship program
Rachelle Aekins remembers attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund awards dinner as a middle school student and being inspired by how accomplished ...
Gun dealer favors personal touch, views customers as 'clients'
Ledyard — When gun purchases soared during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among Blacks, Will Rose knew it was time to get in on the action. Clearl...
Where are they now? 1997 MLK scholarship winner Phylicia Powers shares her life as a lawyer
When Phylicia Powers received the Martin Luther King Jr. Trust Fund Scholarship in 1997, she knew it was a big deal. "Growing up everyone knew about the MLK scholarship a...
Norwich mothers plant seeds to help Norwich youth bloom
Norwich mothers and mentors LaShawn Cunningham and Tania Broggins noticed a need in their city: Kids didn't have a space where they could feel safe, be creative and build...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund recipients 1968 – present
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund recipients 1968 – present HERBERT ROSS LAWRENCE LEWIS LAWRENCE WILSON BRENDA PERRY MCKINLEY WINSTON, JR RITA DUNN MARION...
Finding love in photography, family, and photographing families
This article is part of a special section focusing on Black history. The More than a Month special section will come out quarterly, followed by Pride, Hispanic Herita...
More than a Month: Black History
Welcome to The Day’s More than a Month special section. The Day has been trying to do a better job at covering the entire community we serve by including voices we don’t ...
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