October 01, 2010
After decades of legal battles the Shinnecock Indian Nation has received federal recognition today. This is a huge milestone for the tribe. The recognition now allows for the tribe to obtain federal benefits for education, health care, and housing. They may also continue with their plans for a future casino.
Originally the tribe was denied recognition over 30 years ago. It has been an ongoing battle ever since. Recently a decision that was made previously by George Skabine, the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, reconfirmed that the Shinnecock tribe qualified for recognition. Today the board ruled in the tribes favor deciding that the original challenges to tribal recognition were not legally accurate.
The tribe is now a step closer to continuing with their casino plans. Partners in Gateway Casino Resorts have been working with the tribe on their plans. However there may still be more opposition on location of the new casino.
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