Shinnecock Tribe of New York (state recognized)
For the first time in more than 300 years, a tribal ceremonial drum sounded in protest in late March in Southampton Town Hall. Tribal members demanded the town board end a real estate development they see as threatening sacred land. :The Shinnecock people have lived in peace with the English settlers for 350 years. We will no longer tolerate the desecration and rape of our lands,? tribal spokesman Lance Grumbs told the board. The protest rose over a 38-house development underway on a 62-acre site across from the 800-acre Shinnecock reservation on the south fork of eastern Long Island, the last, major undeveloped parcel in the area. Tribal oral tradition holds that land was used both as a burial site and a place to make wampum, seashells used as currency and jewelry. Five individuals have been arrested protesting construction and a temporary restraining order bars further development until a court hearing on claims archaeological research prior to issuing the building permit was inadequate.