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Jun 16, 2010 9:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Shinnecocks expect final word on recognition Tuesday

Jun 16, 2010 9:05 AM

Leaders of the Shinnecock Indian Nation expect to receive a telephone call on Tuesday morning from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, officially confirming that the tribe has been granted federal recognition—the critical step leading to a host of benefits and opportunities for the tribe, foremost among them the chance to operate a gaming facility.

Tribal leaders informed members of the tribe on Monday night of the impending decision and called on them to gather at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in anticipation of a call from R. Lee Flemming, director of the Office of Federal Recognition for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

A federal court had ordered the department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs last year to issue a final determination before Monday, June 21. The tribe had been expecting the call to come on Friday but learned on Monday afternoon that the call would be coming early Tuesday instead.

Tribal leaders could not be reached for comment on Monday evening.

The tribe’s federal recognition will not be finalized until after a 30-day period following the announcement, during which objections to the ruling can be filed. No objections were issued during a 60-day comment period after the BIA issued preliminary findings on the Shinnecock application in December 2009, which affirmed that the tribe met the criteria for federal recognition.

When the tribe is officially granted federal recognition, it will be immediately eligible to open a small-stakes gaming facility on its property. Tribal leaders have refused to rule out the possibility that the tribe could start some sort of gaming on its 800-acre reservation in Southampton but have said it is not an option they want to pursue.

Rather, they have made clear that they wish to identify a suitable site to begin development of what would be a much larger high-stakes casino operation, with accompanying hotel and entertainment facilities. Just last week, Shinnecock officials met with members of a task force formed by the Suffolk County Legislature to explore possible locations in the county for a sprawling casino development. The developers of the Enterprise Park at Calverton, on 95 acres of the former Grumman fighter plane testing facility, pitched the property as an ideal location. At least one member of the Tribal Trustees said the site carried many positives for a future Shinnecock casino.

A report prepared by a consultant to one of the tribe’s early investors in the 2001 claimed that a Shinnecock-operated casino on Long Island, because of its proximity to New York City, could be expected to grow to be one of the biggest in the world within 10 years.

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Hopefully they can get something opened by the weekend-show the world they are serious.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 14, 10 9:10 PM
Two points:

1. I hope this recognition will finally be confirmed as promised. It is long, long overdue. In fact, the very notion of "granting recognition" to people who were here before anyone else is faintly absurd; it is probably they who should be "recognizing" the rest of us. Nevertheless, I extend warmest best wishes to the Shinnecock.

2. EastEnd68, why don't you just hope the oil slick will hurry up and get here from the Gulf of Mexico? That would be a disaster about ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Jun 14, 10 10:26 PM
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Just re read the article-can't have gambling until Aug. Soon enough.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 15, 10 7:58 AM
"The weekend" was your term, not mine. Either way, a disaster.
By Turkey Bridge (1861), Quiogue on Jun 15, 10 9:52 AM
Good for them we've oppressed them far too long.....
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Jun 15, 10 8:13 AM
speak for yourself...I have never "oppressed" anyone.
By squeaky (288), hampton bays on Jun 16, 10 9:23 AM
The Shinnecocks have prevailed and a casino will be theirs. I hope that they can steer clear of all of the problems that some of their tribal brothers to the north have encountered - tinkering on the brink of insolvency, over-built and deeply in debt. Build something manageable, something that will expand or contract with the changing economics of gambling. Don't get into an arms race with competing gambling jurisdictions. I wish the Shinnecocks all the luck in the world and hope that they succeed ...more
By henrythepoet (4), brookhaven on Jun 15, 10 9:37 AM
ENOUGH WITH THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR CASINOS AND CIGARETTES. NOBODY CARES. GET A JOB AND STOP ANNOYING EVERYONE WITH THIS NONSENSE!
By it never ends... (25), SMITHTOWN on Jun 15, 10 9:45 AM
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Wire you be the first to provide that job?
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Jun 15, 10 10:11 AM
"these people"? It is the history of the way "these people" have been treated for so long that has led them to their inevitable need for a casino and tax-free cigarette sales.

What never ends is the constant complaining from those like yourself who could care less about anything beyond your own front porch. What do you know about their plight? Seems like nothing.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 12:31 PM
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There going to be a blue moon tonight, I am in complete agreement with you peoplefirst!

Being that you hail from SMITHTOWN why do you care and even read this paper?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 15, 10 1:13 PM
THESE PEOPLE DONT BRING NOTHING TO THE TABLE, CASINOS, CIGARETTES, DRUGS, GUNS. I DONT THINK THEY DESERVE RECONITION AT ALL.
By HaMpToNzSukS (12), east quogue on Jun 15, 10 10:22 AM
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Firstly, I clearly did not mean to hit the "like" link because I think this post is vile. This poster and the one from Smithtown sound more like Southern bigots of old then residents of the Northeast. "These people"?! Really?!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 12:33 PM
Anyone who starts a sentence "THESE PEOPLE DONT BRING NOTHING" in all caps, isn't even worthy of an intelligent response.
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Jun 15, 10 12:51 PM
If we could get rid of the last of those pesky Indians, I am sure there would be no cigarettes, drugs or guns on the east end.

Fortunately what you think doesn't matter! Their recognition was so long overdue it was sickening!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 15, 10 1:35 PM
"Southern bigots," peoplefirst? Don't you have it in your tiny brain to comment without slamming people who have absolutely nothing at all to do with the current discussion?
By SusieD (109), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 5:28 PM
Seeing that you commented on my suggestion, I guess you'd better ask yourself the same question.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 5:36 PM
Hey, Susie D, I cannot remember how many times I have seen you leave comments on this board asking the moderator to remove postings that you find offensive - speaking of tiny brains! By the way, who gave you the right to decide who gets to play?
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 15, 10 5:40 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhh, all the "progressive" bunny-hugging liberals from swank Hampton are so pleased that another "tribe" of Native Americans is going to be launching their wonderful contribution to humankind - casino gambling and tax free tobacco! And all the Obama supporters from chic Hampton are just tickled that the Shinnecock American Indians are now an official tax free special interest group.
So tell me ...when you're sitting stopped on the L.I.E. in your limo/jaguar/ferrari/mercedes becuase of ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 5:48 PM
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Wow,if only you did know "right from wrong". Such hatred and resentment can only be the result of complete ignorance of this country's past.
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 10 6:37 PM
Peoplefirst is the exceptionally noxious type of liberal who wraps their own bigotry in the cloak of simple minded political correctness. There are some nuances to the rules below (i.e. If you are on the far left your 'whiteness' may be forgiven...if your wealth arises from an overpaid civil service position your success may be forgiven, etc.).

White = BAD
Brown and Black = GOOD
South = BAD
Northeast = GOOD
Successful = BAD
Poor=GOOD
United States = BAD
Everyone ...more
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 15, 10 8:50 PM
Hah! We have to find a new classification of right wing looniness for you realitylast! In the meantime, Ive made a liitle list for you as well!

intelligence = bad
humanity = bad
science = bad
sanity = bad
corporate greed = good


By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 9:55 PM
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Let's see how this list applies to your posts:

intelligence = None to be found. When anyone challenges your assertions with facts and reason, your responses are devoid of intellect. Ad hominem attacks and name calling are all you can muster.

humanity = Your "concern" for humanity goes no further than defining who is a victim, and who is an oppressor. By extension, you want to decide who is rewarded and who is punished. Again, this goes to your simple minded, feel-good politically ...more
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 16, 10 9:41 AM
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By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 20, 10 12:30 PM
why dont they try to do something that ppl would want like open some tax free gas stations instead of a sleazy casino and ghetto cigarette trailer stores.... It makes the "Indians" look terrible the way things are....
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 15, 10 11:21 AM
YOU SirHampton Get it...
, all the "progressive" bunny-hugging liberals from swank Hampton are so pleased that another "tribe" of Native Americans is going to be launching their wonderful contribution to humankind - casino gambling and tax free tobacco! And all the Obama supporters from chic Hampton are just tickled that the Shinnecock American Indians are now an official tax free special interest group.
So tell me ...when you're sitting stopped on the L.I.E. in your limo/jaguar/ferrari/mercedes ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 5:49 PM
oh....... lets make money off of ppl's bad habits............... Lets kill them with cheap cigarrettes and suck them dry at our casino.........
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 15, 10 11:22 AM
....plus the drug dealing going on at the rez and the crime associated with casinos........
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 15, 10 11:23 AM
As I expected....mostly ignorant comments. I bet most of you criticizing Shinnecock have never stepped foot on the reservation. Ever been to pow wow? Ever stopped in at Thunder Island Coffee Shoppe for a great cup of coffee and a snack? Ever buy a plant from Stepping Stones? These are two businesses that do not sell cigarettes that you could patronize if you are so against the smoke shops.

I live on the reservation....I've never been sold drugs or heck, even asked to buy. I've never had ...more
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Jun 15, 10 12:48 PM
Well isn't it just WONDERFUL that you live on the rez...
So tell me, will you now get a penthouse at the Casino for all your (and your husband's) suffering?

The point is that with the Casinos and FedRecognition will come the sleazy criminal element that will exploit this long deserved honor and make ALL of our lives miserable, whether a native or anglo, it's gonna make the East End a crowded, sleazy, BAD place!
Instead of a Casino, why not build an energy generation plant? or a ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 5:57 PM
You are truly a troubled person
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 10 6:55 PM
It was and is wonderful to live on the reservation....before and after federal recognition. I, unlike you, know the difference between the importance of federal recognition versus the possibility of a casino. I don't care about the casino. My husband's tribe and the recognition they deserve has always been a top priority for me.

It is everyone else who keeps bringing up a casino, not me. Federal recognition brings a lot more possibilities for the tribe, so who says the ideas you mentioned ...more
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Jun 15, 10 7:58 PM
The Shinnecocks are a proud people. I hope they get their casino !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jun 15, 10 12:56 PM
Congrats to The Shinnecocks for FINALLY getting the recognition they so richly deserve. For everyone else who believes they should not get it.....take your redneck attitudes elsewhere. The Shinnecocks were on Long Island way before any of us and therefore should be recognized. Half the land in Southampton where those "wonderful" mini mansions are built was stolen from them. Congrats again to Shinnecock....Well deserved.
By NYLIGIRL (2), southampton on Jun 15, 10 12:56 PM
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I think the Shinnecocks should put a casino-resort at Belmont race track. They would need a tractor-trailor to take out the money every day in that location RIP, Atlantic City.
By Mets fan (1186), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 1:15 PM
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Today is a good day for my people! From a cousin in Philadelphia, but whose heart and spirit are right there with you!!!
By unelana (29), North Wales on Jun 15, 10 1:36 PM
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Maybe they could get land in Mastic Shirley
By Bandguy (23), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 10 1:48 PM
Congratulations on recognition is has been a long time coming. Hopefully the shady shell game of 1859 can be looked into a little more closely, to reveal the great injustice that was done.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 15, 10 1:57 PM
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I've never posted a comment before, but I have to congratulate the Shinnecocks on federal recognition. It is long overdue, and I agree with the reader who remarked that they were here first, and should not have had to beg the feds for recognition. I've lived here for over 50 yrs and people have been trying to get their land away from them for most of that time. The tables are turned - good for the Shinnecocks.
By Begee (2), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 2:23 PM
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It is ABOUT time. ONLY a few hundred years late. CONGRATS...................
By KAZ (26), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 15, 10 2:47 PM
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PEACE TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES and congratulations to all of the SHINNECOCK PEOPLE may the GREAT SPIRIT always be with you all
By KenBrownEagle (6), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 3:43 PM
Our sincere Congratulations to the Shinnecock Nation upon receiving their Federal recognition.

Best Wishes for Prosperity to you all.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on Jun 15, 10 4:01 PM
Its about time the feds made good on their promises to the Shinnecocks!
By Thunder (1), New York on Jun 15, 10 4:04 PM
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By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 15, 10 4:04 PM
Regretably the reservation is fraught with drug dealers and associated crime. It would be impossible to open a casino and draw people with money. Who wants to be in a casino in the middle of such a mess? Although, I don't doubt that Atlantic City is the same.
By Dodger (144), Southampton Village on Jun 15, 10 4:15 PM
You have obviously never been to "Atlantic City," the city not the casino. It is a lot better than it used to be, but years ago you could drive one block from the boardwalk casinos, with millions of dollars being gambled daily, and see poverty and crime that was unbelievable. There is also a place called Las Vegas.. take a walk a couple of blocks from the "strip" and tell me what you see. The only places I have seen that don't have the vice problems associated with casinos are Foxwoods and Mohegan ...more
By deelove (128), Bridgehampton on Jun 15, 10 5:34 PM
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correction.. I misread your comment about Atlantic City.
By deelove (128), Bridgehampton on Jun 15, 10 5:37 PM
Congrats to the Shinnecock Nation!!!
By YEAROUNDER (81), East Hampton on Jun 15, 10 4:46 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhh, all the "progressive" bunny-hugging liberals from swank Hampton are so pleased that another "tribe" of Native Americans is going to be launching their wonderful contribution to humankind - casino gambling and tax free tobacco! And all the Obama supporters from chic Hampton are just tickled that the Shinnecock American Indians are now an official tax free special interest group.
So tell me ...when you're sitting stopped on the L.I.E. in your limo/jaguar/ferrari/mercedes becuase of ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 5:21 PM
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Those posting the negative comments are probably too ignorant to even know what "Federal Recognition" means. Yes, it does mean that Shinnecock is entiltled to open a casino, but it goes way beyond that. The federal government is certifying that we have always known who we are. To sum it up, "THESE PEOPLE" are the ones that "YOU PEOPLE" encountered when you came in 1640 so maybe you need to "RECOGNIZE"
By lbeeti (6), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 5:54 PM
Ahhhhhhhh the poor downtrodden masses...are officially recognized. Now how will you REPRESENT?
You can get back at all of us evil white people (4 centuries later) by sucking up all the old ladies' $2 slots and $50 blackjack from the Bridgeport trailer trash right?
OR,
maybe you might build a tax free native american University, or a tax free vocational shelter community, or maybe a tax free alternative energy study center...but wait...yup it's all gotta be paid for by investors right? ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 7:01 PM
I can break it down even more. If we all had to pick up and move back to our origins, guess who would have to go first and have the furthest to go??!!! "YOU PEOPLE", who have been belly-aching and making your predictions and thinking you know everything, need to stop and think about how you got to where you are today and at whose expense. You came in slick and easy. Why don’t you just be thankful and shut-up!!! Don’t get it twisted, The Shinnecock Nation is comprised of very intelligent people ...more
By unelana (29), North Wales on Jun 16, 10 1:17 PM
I must correct you on your assertion that the Europeans have father to go if we were all packing up to go back to our lands prior to arriving in North America. Native Americans can here across the Bering Strait land bridge, last time I checked Asia was father from here than England.

If we really want everyone to go all the way back to our origins, I suspect we would all be going to the same place according to the research compiled by the National Geographic Genome Project.

Anyway, ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 16, 10 2:33 PM
Thanks, ICE. Love the history lesson. Guess I should have been a little more precise with my hypothetical scenerio. Good advice. I'm done with Mr. RightfromWrong. Issues!!!
By unelana (29), North Wales on Jun 16, 10 4:23 PM
So much anger directed at the keepers of the east end of the land which we now call Long Island, whose ancestors have been here for thousands of years.

Can you imagine what this area was like in Earth Year 001,215 when the Magna Carta was signed? (way before Columbus "discovered" North America!)

Peace on Earth begins with a soul and heart free of anger.

The Great Spirit has spoken.

Wake up to your own anger and biases.

Thank you to the original rooted ...more
By MJP (13), On Quiogue on Jun 15, 10 6:11 PM
Let us all sing Kumbayah and hold hands around te campfire worshipping the Great Spirit...but in the meantime, back at the bank....

The Tribal elders and their attorney(ies) are designing the $Billion Lounges and hotels and how they grease the palms in Albany & Hartford to build that bridge over LI Sound.

Seriously, Yes, the beauty of the Shinnecock tribe has sparkled with the Ponquogue sunrise for centiuries...and now it has been officially seen by the white man's Supreme Court. ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 7:10 PM
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You can debate a casino all you want....but there really is no debating whether a tribe that has been here for thousands of years deserves federal recognition.

BTW - It seems to be you who is preoccupied with money. Everyone here I've spoken to is just happy and full of pride right now.
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Jun 15, 10 8:10 PM
And so much anger is being directed at this group, because they are just another "special interest" group ready to "share the wealth" earned by OTHER hard working people who built a nation based in freedom and decency. NOT built on gambling, NOT betting, NOT welfare, NOT government handouts, NOT being told that our children couldn't pray to the Great Spirit in school...

And hopefully soon the Shinnecock tribe will be hiring becuase thanks to taxes, unions, bankers and lawyers...we, the ...more
By RIGHTfromWrong (7), Quogue on Jun 15, 10 7:21 PM
Whew... let me catch my breath here, Quogue.

Your cynicism is only matched by your anger.

You stereotyped the entire community of the east end.
Perhaps you should move to an area with like minded individuals.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on Jun 16, 10 12:13 AM
There will always be shinnecock indians, drugs and guns. All three are going to get a lot more powerful. Cannot stop this change. Just hope it all works out.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Jun 15, 10 7:25 PM
And there will always be ignorance
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 10:01 PM
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What are you trying to say, tuckahoetrip? Sounds to me that you are implying that the Shinnecock are synonymous with drugs and guns and that because they have received federal recognition they are going to have more drugs and more guns? The other poster is right, there will always be ignorance. What do you really know of the lives of these people beyond what you imagine in your head or pick up from local crazies?
By lablover (104), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 12:21 PM
For everyone on here professing to know so many drug and gun dealers on the rez, I'm going to say you must have first -hand knowledge. I live here and wouldn't know who to talk to if I so desired one or the other. So either you're patronizing someone or you are believing and perpetuating a stereo-type. But hey, if it's keeping ignorant people like you away, I couldn't be happier :)
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Jun 15, 10 8:07 PM
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Lets not sugar coat it. It's all about the moola. Additional jobs and tax revenue for a broke NY state. Keeping money in NY and not shipping it to CT. The shiny's can sit back smoke their piece pipe and collect their royalty checks. It's a nice loophole they can take advantage of.
By razza5350 (1901), East Hampton on Jun 15, 10 8:12 PM
Congratulations to all the Shinnecock Nation,It's been a long hard fight with a long way still to go.We are all in this together and I wish you the best of luck.
By vag (12), southampton on Jun 15, 10 8:47 PM
OK GUYS LET US TRY TO BE MATURE LIKE THE FORCE THAT PUT US HERE THOUGHT WE WOULD WHEN THEY SET OUT TO CREATE US, CMON NOW BEFORE IT'S ALL OVER TRY TO BEHAVE LIKE HAPPY APPRECIATIVE ADULTS. BE ON WITH THE WORK AHEAD. STOP THE NAME CALLING AND MATURE, WE ALL HAVE ARE TEMPTATIONS TRY TO CONTAIN THEM BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Jun 15, 10 10:03 PM
One thing I have learned is that people have a choice, they can choose to speak ignorance or thaycan take time and do more than surface research. I am not going to make this an education forum, because it would take all day to try open the eyes to so much that people don't know. if I'm going to debate, I'm not going to waste it on someone that didn't take time prepare, too easy. Anyway I am grateful that my great aunts that are here, in their late 80's and 90's, they were able to see this day. ...more
By adczeta (68), southampton on Jun 15, 10 10:12 PM
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This situation is absurd & pathetic. The question is not whether the Feds should recognize the Shinnecocks, but whether the Shinnecocks should recognize the Feds. It's like the so-called "immigrants" said to be "invading" Long Island who supposedly have have no right to be on American soil; has anyone noticed that their faces are almost all Native American rather than Spanish? Who are the immigrant invaders who should seek permission to be there?
By chelydra99 (4), London on Jun 16, 10 4:40 AM
Peoplefirst, you're absolutely correct. Like always. Do you want to meet me for coffee and a butt and thunderbird? I bet you would really like me. And that's very important. Thanks for all the entertainment. I am playing you like a fiddle! Hahahaha
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Jun 16, 10 5:41 AM
I quit smoking years ago. As for a drink, I think you've had enough already.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 16, 10 7:59 AM
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Thank you, fcm!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 8:01 AM
No problem. Could not resist. Tuckahoetrip is one of the must juvenile whiners on these boards!
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 16, 10 9:16 AM
You think your being funny, tuckahoetrip, but the statement you made earlier re: the Shinnecock is no joke.
By lablover (104), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 12:22 PM
Congrats. I agree giving recognition to the people that were here before us really absurd. But thats the government way. I hope that they can leverage this into a new and more prosperus life and provide for themselves and others, To much Long Island money goes into the state of Connecticut tax coffers. Now it can stay here and help our schools, provide jobs, pave roads hospitals etc and lower our taxes a good thing. Push for the Calveton Site its the best option and close to home. Just think of ...more
By North Sea Citizen (499), North Sea on Jun 16, 10 6:35 AM
Yes, yes, yes!!!
By unelana (29), North Wales on Jun 17, 10 11:09 AM
Profiting from vice.

Let's see where this goes.

Still, congratulations are in order.
By Mr. Z (10417), North Sea on Jun 16, 10 7:23 AM
Sadly, environmental catastrophe is the most likely outcome, along with even deeper entrenchment of organized crime (if that's possible). Neither is necessary, and there are certainly plenty of Shinnecocks who would love to avoid both, probably a large majority. However, the movers-and-shakers on the rez won't want to be distracted by wimpy, effete concerns. They'll think it's ballsy to pollute and pave as much as any white scumbags, and to play Junior Godfather with the shady power brokers (and ...more
By chelydra99 (4), London on Jun 16, 10 1:46 PM
Congratulations to my Shinnecock friends and family. How sad that so many people are filled with such bitterness towards you. How sad that the actions of a few members of the tribe taint the whole. You are educators, law enforcement officers, business owners, professionals, members of your tribe are out in the world making positive contributions to our communities and communities all around the country.. Unfortunately all most of the people posting on this board know about you is what they read ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jun 17, 10 2:03 PM
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Nuff said. You are right on point with your comment. Nice!
By unelana (29), North Wales on Jun 17, 10 8:12 PM
Shinnecock Powwow returns for 63rd year
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=231101

Shinnecocks are pushing to protect sacred sites
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=152822

New exhibition at Shinnecock Museum unveiled at Winter Festival
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=185912

Miss Shinnecock Pageant returns to the reservation
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=205860

Official seal of the Shinnecock Indian Nation unveiled ...more
By BOReilly (133), 27east Web Editor on Jun 18, 10 9:38 AM
Good show, Brendan, that's nailing it. Hey, pstevens and unelana in Wilmington and North Wales -- wherever they are -- how about a nice forthright reply, like "I stand corrected" or something like that, huh?
By Turkey Bridge (1861), Quiogue on Jun 21, 10 11:25 AM
Were these front page stories? I've read them all of them. What I've noticed is that negative press about the Rez gets more attention then positive press. I mean a drug bust gets a banner headline...same goes for the Casino... Your headline regarding Federal Recognition leads to an article that focuses mainly on the increased possiblity of a casino. What about the other benefits that come with Federal recognition. Lets see a few paragraphs about that, but I guess thats not sensational enough. Oh ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jun 26, 10 3:34 PM
!!!!!What a Travesty!!!!!!! Bad decision! We are going to see sooooooo many problems ahead. All these officials will be regretfull soon enough. We better get our law enforcements tight! Its going to be needed!! Oh, No... not looking forward to any casino. Now they can Legally break the law! Looks like some of us are going to be pushed out, not only by the wealthly but now the "Indians" too!
By et6678 (12), southampton on Jun 22, 10 8:51 AM
I challenge the editorial staff of the Southampton Press to produce a front page article about the nation that mentions nothing about the Casino...but explores all the other benefits that federal recogniton will bring to the first people.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jun 26, 10 3:38 PM
harbor hot tubs,