Southampton Town Proposes Making October 1 Shinnecock Heritage Day

A Town of Southampton councilman has proposed creating Shinnecock Heritage Day on October 1 to commemorate the day that the tribe earned long-sought federal recognition 14 years ago.

Councilmember Michael Iasilli introduced the resolution during the latest town board meeting on Thursday, February 15, to further recognize the contributions of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to the town that the indigenous people called home for eons before Colonial settlers arrived four centuries ago.

“This has been a long time coming,” Iasilli said. “This legislation will also make it a possibility for the town to hold annual events celebrating their contributions and underscoring our shared history, which will enhance our relationship.”