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Jun 24, 2009 12:30 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tribal members want greater protection for sacred sites

Jun 24, 2009 12:30 PM

Shinnecock member Ruben Valdez said there should be a procedure in place that identifies for a prospective buyer or developer which lands contain possible burial sites. “Many are innocent and unaware that there are graves on the land,” Mr. Valdez said.

“We all have to make a commitment to move forward with the sanctity of our heritage and history in mind,” Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst said. “We have to put our frustration behind us and meet on a regular basis with the town attorney and everyone involved and hash out this legislation.”

With more sites and remains likely to be discovered, Ms. Throne-Holst said, the clock is ticking.

“We’ve always been progressive when it comes to protecting our wetlands and our wildlife,” Ms. Kabot said. “We now need to be progressive on protecting our dead.”

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I'd like to read just one news story where Supervisor Kabot does not blame the previous administration for all the town's ills. If I recall, the previous administration paid millions to preserve property just up the street from me once it was announced that there were Shinnecock graves there. Ms. Kabot? Just once get your facts straight? That would be a nice change of pace.
By hillstationrd (6), Southampton on Jun 23, 09 3:24 PM
So true hillstationrd.

By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 24, 09 10:54 AM
Where is this? Just curious.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jun 26, 09 11:47 AM
Dig up the remains and bury them on the reservation.
By Walt (292), Southampton on Jun 27, 09 8:26 PM
I am totally in favor of grave preservation
By deKooning (106), southampton on Jun 30, 09 12:22 PM