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Feb 21, 2012 4:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Shinnecock Nation Community Notes, February 23

Feb 21, 2012 4:05 PM

Hakamé! Greetings from Shinnecock!


ust when we thought our Shinnecock winter social season was over, the Youth Council has stepped up to host another potluck Social Gathering this coming Saturday, February 25, at 6 p.m., at the Shinnecock Community Center to celebrate life and honor who we are: Shinnecock Family. So on that note, we might want to cancel our plans to travel up to Massachusetts for the Wampanoag Youth Council’s Plimoth Plantation Winter Social, which will be held the same day.

The Shinnecock Youth Council has secured our own Youngblood Singers as host drum for the many dances expected to take place at Saturday’s social. However, let us not forget this time: if you expect to eat, please bring some dishes to share! The evening will include a 50/50 raffle and other fun.

Congratulations to Shinnecock’s fabulous four Lady Mariners basketball stars Kesi Goree, Paris and Noel Hodges, and Sunceri Cofield for helping to lead the high school girls’ team in an undefeated season. Kesi is the daughter of Lisa and Chris Goree, sisters Paris and Noel are the daughters of Paris and Tonya Hodges, and Sunceri is the daughter of Evolution Fitness owner Jason Cofield. The girls played their second playoff game on Tuesday after winning their first playoff game on Friday. We salute the entire Lady Mariner basketball team for making it this far and wish them the best of luck in the rest of the playoff series.

We hope some of you most brilliant and talented young Shinnecock ladies plan on participating in this year’s Miss Shinnecock Teen Pageant. All eligible junior high and high school age girls must return their pageant applications to the Tribal Office by tomorrow, Friday, February 24; or they may bring their applications with them to orientation this Saturday, at noon, at Indian Education in the Family Preservation building.

Speaking of fun and athletics, Evolution Fitness, the preferred fitness facility of the Hamptons, has added “Dance Dance Evolution,” to its roster of weekly classes. No dance experience is necessary to enjoy this new lineup of ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and salsa dance instruction led by Anita Boyer each Wednesday night from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $15 per class for ages 14 and older, and includes a CD of music to practice with at home. Membership in Evolution Fitness is not mandatory.

Yours truly cannot wait to enroll—we miss ballet and modern dance and would love to learn some salsa—but that must wait until we return from the upcoming Reservation Economic Summit 2012 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week.

On The Calendar

“Dance Dance Evolution,” Wednesdays, starting February 22, from 8 to 9 p.m., Evolution Fitness, 33 Hill Street, Southampton, 631-488-4252.

Miss Shinnecock Pageant: Applications Due, Friday, February 24; Orientation, Saturday, March 3, noon, Indian Education Building, 631-745-7162, MissShinnecockPageant@gmail.com

Shinnecock Youth Council hosts Social Gathering, Saturday, February 25, 6 to 9 p.m., Shinnecock Community Center, bring a potluck dish.

Plimoth Plantation Winter Social, Saturday, February 25, 2 to 7 p.m., The Plimoth Plantation Visitor Center, Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, 02360, (508) 746-1622 ext. 8368

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