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Shinnecock Indians And Property Rights

Shinnecock Indian Nation

The Shinnecock Indian Nation wants the town of Southampton to cease the development of property in an area the tribe has identified as sacred burial grounds. The trouble is: there is much confusion and few rules when it comes to the discovery of Native American remains. Our guests:

  • Bryan Polite, chairman; Tela Troge, attorney; Shane Weeks, co-chair, Graves Protection Warrior Society; Rebecca Genia, representative, Inter-tribal Historic Preservation Task Force; Meesha Johnson, representative, Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board; all members, Shinnecock Indian Nation
  • Jay Schneiderman, town supervisor, Southampton
  • Shannon O'Loughlin, executive director, Association on American Indian Affairs