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Shinnecock Nation revives oyster hatchery

The Shinnecock Nation of New York has revived its oyster hatchery, carrying on a long tribal tradition.

The tribe started oystering in the 1970s and 1980s but the effort ended due to management conflicts and environmental woes, The New York Times reported. But with the help of a $300,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans the tribe reopened the hatchery in 2004.

Six tribal members now spend their days looking for oysters during the spring season. Many are sold to restaurants, though some stay on the reservation.

The tribe's reservation is on the far eastern end of Long Island.

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