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Feb 14, 2012 12:25 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Shinnecock Nation To Receive Federal Funding

Feb 14, 2012 1:41 PM

The Shinnecock Nation will have access to $160,000 in federal funding, beginning October 1, in response, in part, to a letter sent by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop to President Barack Obama’s top budget official.

The letter was sent to address concerns about possible cuts to funding to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mr. Bishop asked for a $160,000 line item—support that is traditionally extended to newly recognized Indian tribes. Funding is used to establish tribal self-government, basic operations and to help new tribes meet immediate needs such as infrastructure, administration and organizational support. Training in federal policy and procedures, judicial systems and community policing is also made possible through the offered support.

“The Shinnecock Nation has fought long and hard for their proper recognition under federal law as well as access to the economic benefits available to duly recognized tribes,” Mr. Bishop said in a press release sent out this week. “Despite the tough budget environment, America must honor our commitment to help newly recognized tribes, and I am pleased that federal resources will help the tribal government meet the needs of the Shinnecock community.”

Mr. Bishop said he will fight for the inclusion of the full $160,000 in “new tribe” funding in the legislation to appropriate funds for the Department of Interior, which houses the BIA.

“Congressman Bishop has been a steadfast advocate for the rights and respect the Shinnecock Nation deserves,” Shinnecock Tribal Chairman Randy King was quoted as saying in the release. “We thank him once again for his help in securing the same type of funding for our community that other newly-recognized Tribal Nations have received.”

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