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Federal Recognition
BIA calls Shinnecock decision 'out of the ordinary'


A federal judge's decision to declare the Shinnecock Nation of New York an Indian tribe is "out of the ordinary," a Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson said.

Other attorneys and observers also called the decision unusual. They say the tribe still has to overcome other hurdles before being gaining full federal recognition.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt said "a great deal of evidence" confirms the tribe's status as an Indian tribe under the law. But he will call a trial to determine whether the tribe has sovereign rights, free of state interference, on its reservation.

The tribe has applied for federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has been on the "ready" list. An answer won't come for several years due to the BIA's current workload.

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Court Decision:
New York v. Shinnecock Nation (November 7, 2005)

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Relevant Links:
Shinnecock Nation - http://www.shinnecocknation.com

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