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Feds slated to decide Tuesday if L.I. tribe will be recognized
Written by Frank Eltman, AP on Dec 15th, 2009 and filed under Featured, Long Island News, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
A small tribe of Indians based in Long Island’s Hamptons region is awaiting word on whether the federal government will give it formal recognition.
An Indian casino (AP)
A favorable decision could lead the Shinnecock Indians to eventually open an Indian-run casino.
Their leaders tried to open a casino on tribal land in Southampton in 2003. They were told they first need the Bureau of Indian Affairs to formally recognize the Shinnecock as a tribe before any discussions about a casino can begin.
BIA officials have been reviewing ancestral records and other historical documents.
The agency said last spring it expected a preliminary decision by Tuesday.
If they win that round, final approval could come next spring.
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