NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – A spot in eastern Connecticut that marked the apex of fighting between two Native American tribes is now under municipal protection.

The city of Norwich took ownership Friday of the Miantonomo Monument, a granite marker that had become overgrown with weeds under state ownership.

Local history accounts say Mohegan Sachem Uncas captured Narragansett Sachem Miantonomoh – as it once was spelled – on that site in 1643 after routing his invading army.

Narragansetts placed loose stones on the pile for decades until white settlers dismantled the makeshift monument and used the stones for a barn foundation.

Almost 200 years later, a square granite marker was erected at the site that reads simply, “Miantonomo 1643,” accompanied by a modern plaque nearby.

Descendants of the early Mohegan and Narragansett tribal members still live throughout southern New England. The Mohegans run a casino, Mohegan Sun, in nearby Uncasville and the Narragansetts are based largely in neighboring Rhode Island.

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