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Sep 22, 2010 12:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Feds side with Shinnecocks in federal recognition

Sep 22, 2010 12:13 PM

A brief filed recently in federal court by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs questions the status and standing of the two objectors to federal recognition for the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

At the same time, Shinnecock Tribal Trustee Lance Gumbs said the tribe has recently revived a suit in court against the federal government for unreasonably delaying its federal recognition. “We filed because this could go on for quite some time,” Mr. Gumbs said of the current delay after the objection was filed. “And 32 years was too long to wait.”

In a September 13 court document, attorney Barbara Coen states that the Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs, a group that challenged the nation’s application earlier this summer, does not provide “any specificity in defining its membership, or the number of members, or the number, if any, of its casino contractor members.” The group has previously stated in documents that it is challenging the tribe’s recognition in order to protect its state’s taxpayers and casino employees financial interests.

Ms. Coen also notes that the economic stake of a group has never before been the grounds for interested party status in challenging the federal recognition of a tribe.

The second challenger—the Montauk Tribe of Long Island—is a faction of the Montaukett Indian Nation, which does not represent the feelings of that tribe’s majority, according to its website. Ms. Coen states the group’s claims to be considered alongside the Shinnecock Indian Nation does not specify a legal, factual or property interest related to the final determination of the Shinnecock recognition.

Shared ancestry is one of the arguments by the Montauk Tribe of Long Island to be considered alongside the Shinnecocks, but the court document also includes a letter from federal genealogical researcher Alyson T. Pierce suggesting that the tribes’ membership lists do not align.

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The Ct indians have always been agressive...which is one of the reasons the English and Shinnecocks got along so well... We protected each other
By kseal (37), southampton on Sep 23, 10 5:54 PM
The indians who beheaded Mrs Halsey were from CT
By kseal (37), southampton on Sep 23, 10 5:58 PM
My poor gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, grandmother.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Sep 24, 10 12:34 AM
Wasn't she actually your gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr, gr aunt?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 24, 10 10:31 PM
She was married to Thomas Halsey, she would have been grandmother as he was a grandfather to me.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Sep 25, 10 1:57 PM
These are the same Feds who would alow a muslim mosque in the footprint of the twin towers. This is the same federal government that makes friends with terrorists countries. This is the same socialistist federal government that has given us more welfare and Obama care! Enough said. As long as things get tied up until Obama is dumped in the next election, this country will come to its senses. The Shnnecocks may deserve federal recognition, that doesn't mean that they deserve a casino!
By Walt (292), Southampton on Sep 27, 10 6:41 PM
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If you could, check out ''Johnny Rockets''. They are a west coast burger/diner place and would be great to have in the casino. Also, a little folder in each of the telephone booths with the escort services would be helpful. Thank you.
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 28, 10 7:18 AM