NEWPORT, R.I.—The Bureau of Indian Affairs has abandoned its bid to acquire excess Navy property on Aquidneck Island on behalf of the Narragansett Indian tribe.
The bureau said in a letter made public Monday that it was no longer pursuing an application for the property. It did not say why.
The tribe had sought 260 acres that became available as part of the Base Closure and Realignment process.
Tina Dolen, executive director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, said the property offered major economic benefits, access to Narragansett Bay and marine trade development.
Dolen said the federal BRAC program will now publish a formal notice and description of the available property in the Federal Register.