Cultural Clash in the Hamptons


Some 600 members of the Shinnecock Nation, notes Ariel Levy in The New Yorker, live near tony Southampton, L.I. But with an annual median household income of about $14,000, theirs is a life far different from that of their affluent neighbors. With their plans to open a casino in Southampton, this chasm has widened. Southampton residents are fearful that cars, crowds, and garishness will ruin their rustic surroundings. The Shinnecocks, who became a federally recognized tribe this fall after 32 years of effort, are equally determined to cash in on their new status.