We Are Still Here! The Montaukett Indians
We welcome Sandi Brewster-walker as she shares her research on the history of the Montaukett Indians and strategies employed to encourage them to relinquish their tribal lands.
In 1910, Judge Blackmar ruled that the Montauketts had lost their “Indianness” and no longer had legal standing as an entity before the court. Ms. Brewster-walker will share her insight on the subsequent appeals, and the current status of the Montaukett Indians effort to seek reinstatement of their New York State recognition based on the judicial overreach of Judge Abel Blackmar.
Sandi Brewster-walker is an independent historian, genealogist, freelance writer, and business owner. She is the chair of the Board of Trustees and acting executive director of the Indigenous People Museum & Research Institute. Recently, she was appointed (Acting) Executive Director & Government Affairs Officer for the Montaukett Indians. She has served in President Bill Clinton’s Administration as deputy director of the Office of Communications at USDA. Winner of the Press Club of Long Island’s 2017 Media Award.