Shinnecock Reservation

Shinnecock Reservation is an Indian reservation for members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in the town of Southampton in Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is the furthermost east of the two Native American reservations in Suffolk County; the other being Poospatuck Reservation in the town of Brookhaven. It lies on the east side of Shinnecock Bay on southeastern Long Island, near Tuckahoe, Shinnecock Hills, and the village of Southampton. The population was 662 as of the 2010 census. Roughly that many tribal members additionally live off the reservation.

Shinnecock Reservation, New York
U.S. Census Map
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°52′28″N 72°25′54″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
  Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
  Land1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
203 ft (62 m)
  Density506.4/sq mi (195.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)631

In 2010, the Nation received federal recognition as a tribe, a status which it pursued for 32 years. This will enable the tribe to move forward with its plans for a casino; it has already been discussing this with the state and local governments. Opposition to additional casinos in the New York market is based in part on dilution of demand: both the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut and those in Atlantic City, New Jersey attract thousands of New Yorkers, and Aqueduct Racetrack opened a casino in 2011,[1] and its proximity to the wealthy and powerful located in the neighboring Hamptons communities of the South Fork.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the Indian reservation has a total area of 1.3073 mi² (3.3859 km²), all land.


Historical population
Est. 2014677[2]2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 662 people and 256 households in the Indian reservation. The population density was 506.4/mi² (195.5/km²). There were 204 housing units at an average density of 156.0/mi² (60.2/km²). The racial makeup of the Indian reservation was 6.04% White, 4.53% Black or African American, 76.59% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 12.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.34% of the population.

There were 256 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 11.7% are vacant, 8.6% are for rent.

In the Indian reservation, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 20, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 11.3% from 25 to 34, 18.7% from 35 to 49, 21.3% from 50 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males.

According to the 2000 Census, the median income for a household in the Indian reservation was $14,055, and the median income for a family was $14,143. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the Indian reservation was $8,843. About 61.3% of families and 50.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 66.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Tribal recognition and gambling prospects

The Shinnecock Nation formally requested federal recognition from the United States government in 1978 and received it in 2010. Recognition was supported by New York Governor David Paterson.

The Nation has been in discussion with state and local officials on plans to build a Class III casino, as it wants to generate revenues for economic development and welfare for the tribe. It would share revenues with the state for such an enterprise off the reservation. The tribe and other parties prefer a location out of the Hamptons area, which is already bogged down with heavy traffic during the summer season, when the population of the Town of Southampton doubles.[5] In addition, they would face heavy competition on eastern Long Island, as New Yorkers make up 30% of the customers of the highly successful Mohegan Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.[5]

The Shinnecock Indian Nation and their partners (Gateway Casino Resorts, LLC and Michael J Malik Sr. dba MJM Enterprises and MJM Enterprises & Development) paid D.C. lobbyists $1,140,000 from 2005 to 2009 to support their effort to gain recognition and approved gaming.[5][6]


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