The governors office said “The state cannot consider a casino until the question of federal recognition of the tribe is resolved.” A federal judge recognized the Shinnecocks in 2005, however, they have not been formally recognized by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau’s recognition is needed for casino development and a decision could be five years away. The Shinnecocks are hopeful this will be resolved sooner and reference recently discovered congressional reports up through the 1950s showing them on a federal list of tribes.
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