Shinnecock Sign Sends Message To Halt Ancient Grave Desecration

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“Silent no more.” The Shinnecock tribe is standing strong in their fight to protect ancient burial grounds from development in the Hamptons.

By Lisa Finn, Patch Staff
Jan 7, 2020 7:52 pm ET | Updated Jan 7, 2020 8:15 pm ET

SOUTHAMPTON, NY — A large electronic billboard erected by the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Sunrise Highway that has sparked outcry from some elected officials and residents is now illuminated as a symbol of the tribe’s fight to protect its ancient ancestral burial grounds from development.

On Monday the sign read: “Stop Desecration of Shinnecock Hills,” along with a photo of an ongoing protest that been ongoing since December, with members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation speaking out to halt the desecration of their ancestors’ sacred burial site by a development given the green light by Southampton Town.

“We are able to get our message out there in a big way now on our tribal monument sign!” said Shinnecock Nation Vice President Lance Gumbs on Facebook. “Silent no more!”

For years, members of the Shinnecock Nation have cried out against development on their ancestral burial grounds; in 2018, at a site on Hawthorne Road in Shinnecock Hills, tribe members said

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