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Column: Shinnecock Nation took too long to sue

"Tragic victims, casino operators or somehow both? That question came to mind last week when the Shinnecock Indian tribe filed a lawsuit to reclaim some 3,600 acres of land in the Town of Southampton.

Perhaps the same audacity is needed to peddle claims of continued group victimization for an event occurring nearly a century-and-a-half ago as it would be to separate people from their money by running a gambling operation.

This game has been played in other parts of the state and the nation, and now it has arrived on Long Island. Among the large swaths of land targeted by the Shinnecocks are Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the National Golf Links of America, Long Island University's Southampton campus, and portions of the Long Island Rail Road and Sunrise Highway. (And you thought it was tough heading to the Hamptons in the summer now!)"

Get the Story:
Raymond J. Keating: Shinnecocks sure took their time to sue town (Newsday 6/20)

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