Native Americans

Courtesy of the Montaukett Indian Nation

A Long Island Native American Tribe could soon be officially recognized.

The New York State Legislature voted almost unanimously to acknowledge the Montaukett Indians.

The State Assembly voted 137-1, while the Senate approved the measure 61-0.

Once Governor Cuomo signs the legislation, the tribe’s recognition will be immediate.

In 2017, Cuomo vetoed recognition of the Montauketts, but the tribe has been working with the governor’s office since then to address his concerns.

The Montaukett Tribe was declared extinct in a 1910 court decision.

Elaine Thompson / AP

The Southampton School Board has voted to adopt a school calendar that acknowledges Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

Peconic Land Trust Works To Preserve Indian Rock

Nov 6, 2017
Courtesy of Rocky Point Historical Society

When Noah Hallock built his farmstead in the 1700s, he did so near a massive boulder that stood over 30 feet high and less than a quarter of a mile from Long Island Sound. It was a rock that Native Americans would gather around by, so the English settlers called it Indian Rock.

Yale University via AP

Yale University said Tuesday it will remove a "problematic" doorway stone carving that depicts a Puritan settler aiming a musket at a Native American, a decision that follows criticism for initially covering up the musket with removable stonework.

Jessica Opatich / WSHU

The Shinnecock Native Americans can trace their ancestry back more than 10,000 years to the very first people on Long Island. There are now about 1,500 tribal members, and many of them live on an 800-acre reservation in Southampton.