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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1269321

Show Of Support

Show Of SupportThe recent media coverage by The Press regarding the Shinnecock Nation’s economic self-determination projects have not gone unnoticed by other Native American communities in and around New York State [“First Of Two Shinnecock Billboards Nears Completion,” 27east.com, May 23]. The Shinnecock Nation, as well as the Sovereign Unkechaug Nation, are our brothers and sisters.

For that reason, we stand in support of their efforts to live in peace with their neighbors amid their respective ancestral homeland(s).

It would not be out of the ordinary for our combined peoples to come together and visit your communities in a show of support for the Shinnecock, on the long Fourth of July weekend, 2019. Possibly, so many supporters might arrive there that the local highways may become difficult to navigate safely—but that is only my own stated speculation for the importance of this anticipated show of solidarity. This is based on what I have heard in feedback to the ongoing Shinnecock Nation efforts.

Some New York citizens may recall the Mohawk Warrior Society as attracting a lot of media attention in the 1990s. The current clan members active on our reservations still know how to organize politically. This might be the case to be seen in Suffolk County in 2019.

C.J. KaderMohawk Nation at AkwesasneMr. Kader is news curator at Akwesasne Today. The Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne is based on territory along the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York and Canada—Ed.

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