The Shinnecock Nation Council of Trustees are from left to right: The Reverend Michael F. Smith, treasurer; Nichol Dennis-Banks, secretary of Trustee Council Bryan Polite, chairman; Daniel S. Collins Sr., vice chairman; Lucille F. Bosley, Sunksqua; and Terrell Terry, secretary of the General Council.
Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Sally M. Jewell will visit the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Thursday, October 1.
Her schedule will include a welcome with a traditional honoring song in the Shinnecock language, a tour of the reservation, a review of solar panels being installed on some reservation homes, a lunch, and a meeting with the Shinnecock Nation Council of Trustees, the elected tribal leadership.
In addition, at 10 a.m., Secretary Jewell will hold a press conference open to all media representatives.
“October 1 is an historic day for us because it was on this day in 2010 that we became the 565th federally recognized tribe in the United States,” said Trustee Council Chairman Bryan Polite. “Now, five years later, as we continue our march toward energy and economic self-sustainability, we welcome the chance to host this exciting event and welcome the highest ranking presidential administration official to visit the Shinnecock Nation.”