Friday, December 19, 2008

Long Island's Shinnecock Indian Nation On "Active" Review List For Federal Recognition

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The Shinnecock Indian Nation, located on Long Island, N.Y., is now under active consideration for federal recognition by the Office of Federal Acknowledgment of the United States Department of the Interior.

A federal judge ordered the Department of the Interior in September to consider placing the Shinnecocks under active review and last month the Interior Department acted on that order.

The tribe, recognized by the state of New York for over 200 years, filed an application for federal recognition in 1978. Now that the Shinnecocks are being actively reviewed, a preliminary determination could be made in 18 months.

The Tribe is comprised of about 1,300 tribal members, 600 of whom live on the reservation. The Tribe's reservation lands are adjacent to the Town of Southampton, located on the East end of Long Island.

The Tribe has made public its interest in gaming should it receive federal recognition.