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Jul 27, 2010 3:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Challenges may not cause much delay

Jul 27, 2010 3:57 PM

Federal recognition has been an emotional quest that has spanned generations in the Shinnecock Indian Nation, as some members highlighted before entering the federal courthouse last week. It’s an issue that puzzles Shinnecock member Robert Smith, who said when the process first began in 1978, his grandparents were alive.

“Just the other day, my parents said they won’t live to see the process done,” he said. “I just think a policy that spans generations is really flawed.”

In the meantime, while the nation addresses the latest challenges to its recognition, the search for a potential site to construct a casino has been put on the back burner. Mr. Gumbs met with the Suffolk County Gaming Task Force last week to hear pitches of two new Calverton sites—but on Wednesday he wanted to stay focused on the bigger picture.

“We’re not even thinking about that,” Mr. Gumbs said angrily, referring to a potential gaming facility, before entering the courtroom last week. “That’s an irrelevant fact. Right now, this is about our federal recognition.”

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By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 26, 10 5:54 PM
Broken record?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 27, 10 10:00 PM
Measure twice, cut once.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 5, 10 6:51 PM
what does that mean?
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 6, 10 5:44 AM
Can someone tell me how many Shinnecocks are actually on the reservation? I mean pure if not first/second generation indians?????
By longislander40 (37), hampton bays on Aug 6, 10 11:23 AM