‘Fierce Urgency of Now’ on Graves Protection Laws Embraced at Southampton Town Board Meeting

REBECCA GENIA, WHO HAS LONG FOUGHT FOR A GRAVES PROTECTION ACT, WAS AMONG THE PROTESTORS IN FRONT OF SOUTHAMPTON TOWN HALL ON TUESDAY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FROM SUPERVISOR JAY SCHNEIDERMAN. INDYEASTEND.COM/TAYLOR K. VECSEY
REBECCA GENIA, WHO HAS LONG FOUGHT FOR A GRAVES PROTECTION ACT, WAS AMONG THE PROTESTORS IN FRONT OF SOUTHAMPTON TOWN HALL ON TUESDAY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FROM SUPERVISOR JAY SCHNEIDERMAN. INDYEASTEND.COM/TAYLOR K. VECSEY

In an unexpected move following a protest in front of Southampton Town Hall on Tuesday, the Southampton Town Board decided that night to forge ahead with the process and close public hearings on three proposals that will help protect unmarked Shinnecock graves after five months.

“Every delay now is a potential desecration,” said Bryan Polite, the chairman of the Shinnecock tribal council, who attended Tuesday’s town board meeting. Six-month moratoriums in the Sugar Loaf and Fort Hill areas, as well as additional areas nearby where remains have been found, would mean property owners would have to go through certain archaeological review before certain projects.

‘Fierce Urgency of Now’ on Graves Protection Laws Embraced at Southampton Town Board Meeting

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