Here is the IBIA decision: 38553324-Shinnecock-Decision
Here is the news article:
The Shinnecock Indian Nation received word Friday afternoon from its tribal attorneys that it is now officially the 565th Native American tribe to earn recognition from the U.S. government, according to Shinnecock Tribal Trustee Lance Gumbs.
Though neither the Interior Board of Indian Appeals or the Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to formally announce the news, the Shinnecock Nation has cleared all the hurdles to federal recognition, the trustee said.
“The first day of October will live forever in the hearts and minds of the Shinnecock people,” Mr. Gumbs said in an phone interview Friday. “Everyone is just relieved and shedding tears for not only us who are here, but those who just missed it,” he said. He explained that some Shinnecock elders have died since July 19, when the tribe’s recognition application was originally expected to be finalized.
The tribe’s application was stalled over two objections, one filed by a Connecticut gaming group, and the other filed by members of the Montaukett Tribe, a splinter group of the Montauk Indian Nation, who wanted to be included in the Shinnecock application. But Mr. Gumbs said the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or IBIA, dismissed both objections today.
“We knew that the Department of Interior had sent over a very, very strong brief to the IBIA in our favor, basically saying that neither one of the two interested parties had any status or merit. And I guess the IBIA took heed to that and finalized their decision today,” Mr. Gumbs said, calling the fact that the decision was made Friday “a complete surprise.”
Mr. Gumbs said the tribe will hold a meeting tonight at its community center to discuss the news with tribal members.