Shinnecock Tribe federal recognition stalled?

The Bureau of Indian Affairs decided in June to finally recognize the Shinnecock Tribe of Long Island New York as a federally recognized tribe. 75 Federal Register 34,760, 2010 WL 2423412. I believe that the Tribe had been working through this process for over 30 years!!

The decision was to become effective on July 19, 2010 unless objections were filed.

Yesterday, a group representing Connecticut gaming interests, the Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs, states that it had filed an “appeal” with the Interior Board of Indian Appeals. This group claims that if the Shinnecocks are allowed federal recognition and build a casino on Long Island that it will injure casinos in Connecticut.

The IBIA process could take a year or more and then either party can proceed to challenge that decision in federal court. The federal litigation could easily take several more years.

Newsday filed an article on this issue.

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