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Shinnecock Indian Nation camping out to protest tribe's treatment by New York, town of Southhampton

Posted at 5:58 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:58:44-05

LONG ISLAND — Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation began an encampment to raise awareness of the economic blight on the reservation.

The protest was spurred, in part, by a 2019 lawsuit brought by New York against the construction of two electronic billboards operated by the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The lawsuit brought the project to a halt.

The protesters plan to camp out until Thanksgiving.

A state spokesperson said they'd continue to work with Shinnecock Indian Nation "on a host of issues they have raised with the Governor's office."