New York county welcomes Shinnecock Nation federal recognition
The Suffolk County, New York, Legislature issued a proclamation to celebrate the federal recognition of the Shinnecock Nation.

The tribe filed its federal recognition petition with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1978. After years of delays, the tribe's status became final in October.

"It has been a long struggle. We give thanks for those [tribal members] not here today," Randy King, the chairman of the tribe's board of trustees, said at the county ceremony, Newsday reported.

The tribe's flag will fly in the county legislature.

Get the Story:
Shinnecock flag flies in Suffolk legislature (Newsday 12/8)

IBIA Decision:
In Re: Federal Acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation (October 1, 2010)

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

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