Shinnecock Nation interested in first tribal college in the East
The Shinnecock Nation of New York is interested in starting the first tribal college in the East.

The tribe has had preliminary discussions to operate a college on the satellite campus of Stony Brook University in Southampton, near the reservation. The tribe's presence, along with federal funding, could help resolve financial concerns about the campus.

"Having a tribal college would be extremely beneficial to our tribal members, and we would absolutely want it accredited," trustee Lance Gumbs told The East Hampton Press.

The college is years away, a spokesperson said, but it could be a first for tribes in the region. The United South and Eastern Tribes has discussed a tribal college.

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Shinnecock Nation explores opening tribal college at Stony Brook Southampton site (The East Hampton Press 6/23)

Federal Register Notice:
Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation (June 18, 2010)

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