Most people don't associate Long Island, New York with Native-American culture. Did you know that Long Island has a fully self-governing Indian tribe and an Indian reservation? The tribe is called the Shinnecock Nation, and it’s a branch of the Algonquins. The Shinnecocks are truly native Long Islanders, because they’ve been Island residents for thousands of years.
The Shinnecock reservation and tribal offices are located on the South Shore of the eastern end of Suffolk County, in the Town of Southampton. The tribe has self-run educational, health care and environmental departments.
The Shinnecocks also run a shellfish hatchery that was reseeded in 20004 after clams, oysters and other shellfish were wiped out by a devastating disease called Brown Tide. The restored fish hatchery will have an economic benefit for the tribe, as it will enable them to market their shellfish products as locally grown to area restaurants. The redeveloped hatchery will also help educate Shinnecocks and non-Natives about aquaculture and fish cultivation.
For the past several years, the Shinnecock Nation has hosted a pow-wow on the reservation in Southampton, New York. Four days of tribal dances, crafts, storytelling and a traditional drum and dance competition are planned, rain or shine. The event dates are August 29, 2014 to September 1, 2014, and admission is $12 for adults; reduced prices for children aged six to 11 and seniors. Children aged five and under are admitted free.