At Dropseed Native Landscapes, we acknowledge that we are on occupied land whose ancestral rights belong with the Merrick and Munsee Lenape people.
Out of the original 13 Indigenous Tribes existing on Long Island, only one - The Shinnecock Nation - is recognized federally. After a 30-year struggle for recognition, including a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, the Shinnecock People finally received Federal Status in June of 2010.
Additionally, the State of New York only recognizes the Shinnecock and Unkechaug Tribes, who are based at the Shinnecock Reservation (Southampton) and Poospatuck Reservation (Mastic), respectively.
Since the mid-1900's the Montaukett, Setalcott, and Matinnecock peoples have organized and established governments while they continue to seek state and federal recognition.
For more information on the Indigenous Native American Peoples of Long Island, their Culture, and their continued Struggle for Recognition, please visit On This Site: Indigenous Long Island.