“Long Island Indians Set to Gain U.S. Recognition”

by Walter Olson on December 16, 2009

Following thirty years of battles, the Obama Administration signaled that it would extend federal recognition to the Shinnecock tribe. Of particular interest: “The tribe is also hoping to resolve more than $1 billion worth of land disputes in the Hamptons, including its claim to the site of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which has played host to the U.S. Open several times.” [NYT] Backed by casino promoters, the tribe filed a massive land claim in 2005 which I wrote about at the time in the NYT; a federal judge rejected the case the next year, following a turn against Indian land claims at the Second Circuit level.

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1 Le Mur 12.16.09 at 10:44 am

If the Shinnecocks are Indians, then so is Ward Churchill:
http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=230514

2 A.W. 12.16.09 at 12:42 pm

Shinnecock translates in their language to roughly: “what are you looking at?”

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