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11/07/08 - Shinnecock Indian Nation member fights citations

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While fishing in Shinnecock Bay, Gerrod T. Smith, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, was slapped with criminal citations accusing him of taking flounder and porgies out of season.

Smith wants a federal judge to deep-six the case brought by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, because he contends that the state has no right to regulate what members of a sovereign tribe do.