Shinnecock Nation receives federal recognition

Long Island's Shinnecock Nation received recognition from the federal government today.

The tribe has been waiting more than three decades for the recognition. It will be officially added to the list of federally recognized tribes on July 20.

It has been a 32-year battle for the tribe.

?It's probably the most historic and significant day in Shinnecock history to be able to say that we're on the list as the 565th federally recognized tribe in the United States of America,? Shinnecock Nation Trustee Lance Gumbs says.

The move clears the way to build a casino on Long Island. The plan?s opponents say they?ll continue to fight against the casino.

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