BIA wants Shinnecocks to wait a decade for status
Thursday, December 18, 2003

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it could take up a decade before deciding on federal recognition for the Shinnecock Nation of New York.

The BIA says there are nine other groups ahead of the Shinnecock's petition. But a federal judge handling the tribe's casino case wants the agency to decide within 18 months.

In other recognition-related cases, the BIA has been forced to abide by a timeline. But government lawyers successfully challenged court-ordered deadlines in the Mashpee Wampanoag case.

The Shinnecock Nation is recognized by the state of New York.

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Shinnecock Nation To Receive Federal Recognition? (The Hampton Independent 12/18)

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