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November 1, 2010, Volume 1

Shinnecock Indian Nation Wins Federal Recognition
Press release: Native American Rights Fund
Condensed by Native Village

New York: On October 1, 2010, the Shinnecock Indian Nation became the 565th federally recognized Indian nation in the U.S. The decision ends a 32-year saga initiated by the Nation and the Native American Rights Fund.

"After 32 years, the Shinnecock Indian Nation has finally obtained formal federal acknowledgment, thus closing a long chapter on the Nation's epic struggle," said Randy King, Chairman of the Shinnecock Board of Trustees.  "The Native American Rights Fund was part of this effort, and the Nation is grateful that it crossed the finish line with NARF by its side.”

John Echohawk, NARF Executive Director, reflected on the long fight. “It took forever to achieve federal acknowledgment for Shinnecock, but with the persistence of the Nation and the expertise of former NARF attorney Mark Tilden and NARF attorney Kim Gottschalk, we finally got it done,” he said.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is located on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation near Southampton, New York.

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