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Shinnecocks are looking at benefits that come with federal recognition

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As luck would have it, so to speak, a week after the Shinnecock Indian Nation learned that it had received preliminary federal recognition came a heaping reminder of the kinds of benefits that long-awaited status might bring.

“The Mashantucket Pequot received [federal] funding for snow removal,” Shinnecock Tribal Trustee Chairman Randy King said as he and fellow Trustee Fred Bess helped dig out the driveway of an elderly tribe member on Monday.