Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Long Awaited Federal Recognition Decision For Shinnecock Indian Nation In Long Island To Be Announced By Year-End

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The Shinnecock Indian Nation in Long Island, N.Y., will recieve its preliminary federal recognition decision by December 15, according to a settlement reached between the Tribe and the U.S. Interior Department.

The settlement was filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Central Islip, N.Y., as part of a court case in which the Shinnecocks claimed that their application for federal recognition was not reviewed in a reasonable amount of time.

The Shinnecocks filed their federal recogntion petition in 1978, the same year that the Mohegan Tribe began their petition process. The Mohegans were federally recognized in 1994.

The Shinnecocks have been recognized by the state of New York for over 200 years and are aiming to build the first Indian casino in southern part of the state if they get federal recognition.

The Tribe has over 1,300 members. About 600 of their tribal members live on their Long Island reservation.