Shinneock Nation surprised by favorable ruling for recognition
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Shinnecock Nation of New York celebrated after the Interior Board of Indian Appeals on Friday rejected challenges to its federal recognition.
The IBIA said two groups could not show how they are affected by the tribe's status. The decision was as "a complete surprise" to the tribe because it came so soon in the process, trustee Lance Gumbs said.
"We knew that the Department of Interior had sent over a very, very strong brief to the IBIA in our favor, basically saying that neither one of the two interested parties had any status or merit. And I guess the IBIA took heed to that and finalized their decision today, "Gumbs told The Southampton Press.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a final determination in favor of the tribe in June. The tribe's recognition was due to become effective a month later until the challenges were filed.
STORY TAKEN FROM www.indianz.com
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: This is a twist of fate, the indians are getting surrounded, like the old western days with the covered wagons forming circles. Over the last few years, casinos in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and now Long Island. What is the Mohegan Sun going to do to keeps its market share? What is the Mohegan Tribal Council going to do? What do you think?