Saving the Seventh Generation: The Shinnecock Casino

July 14th, 2010 by BC ISLEMAN Leave a reply »
[UPDATE: A Connecticut-based group--possibly representing Foxwoods Resorts--has filed a motion to prevent the federal recognition for the Shinnecock being granted. Thanks to NYI Fan Central for providing the link to the Newsday article. The article is worth reading and has some interesting comments--including a Shinnecock leader threatening to go to war. As I note in my comments to NYI, I suspect that this is a desperation ploy and that it will be quickly set aside. Time will tell.]

Save the seventh generation. That philosophy has ennobled the Shinnecock people throughout thousands of years of existence. The idea is that there might be three, four, five, or even six generations of a family living at once, but not seven. The entire community must dedicate itself to that seventh generation.

The strength of that ideal has been tested time and again in the 370 years of European-American domination of their ancient homeland on Long Island's South Fork.

For thousands of years, the Shinnecock sustained their culture through the harvesting of the ocean's bounty, especially the now-endangered right whale pictured above.

The English came ...

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