Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shinnecock Finally Receive Federal Recognition

It took more than 30 years, but the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Long Island, N.Y., has finally received its federal recognition, according to a piece published by the New York Times on June 15.

The 1,292-member Shinnecock, which has an 800-acre reservation in posh Southampton, plans to build a casino. With the federal recognition, it can build a Class II (video slot machines) facility.

However, the tribe and state and local officials would rather have the casino located off-reservation, maybe in the Big Apple or its suburbs, and the tribe also wants a Class III facility (Vegas-style), which requires a deal with the state. According to the Times story, negotiations between the state and Shinnecock have already begun.

1 comment:

  1. How sweet. They want a casino in the Big Apple. I wonder how many of their members are less than 1/8th Shinnecock. I'm guessing about 85% of their population.