A Montaukett cemetery in East Hampton, New York. Photo: Americasroof
Opinion | Federal Recognition

Editorial: Montaukett Indian Nation deserves to be recognized in New York

Will the Montaukett Indian Nation regain recognition in the state of New York after more than century? A bill to restore the tribe's status has the support of the largest newspaper on Long Island:
One hundred seven years ago, a judge in a state courtroom in Riverhead ruled that the Montaukett Indian Nation was extinct — putting pen to paper in front of a dozen or so stunned Montauk Indians who were very much alive.

For more than a century, members of the tribe have yearned to get their identity back. It’s time to give it to them.

A bill to grant official state recognition to the Montauketts, introduced by Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) and Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), passed unanimously last month in both houses. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should sign it.

Read More on the Story:
Editorial: State should reverse error and recognize Montauketts (Newsday 7/23)

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Montauketts move to create new governing structure (Newsday 7/19)
Assemblyman Thiele And Senator Lavalle Urge The Governor To Sign Montaukett Recognition Bill (LongIsland.Com 7/19)

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