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Three Shinnecock Men File $102 Million Federal Lawsuit Against State Over Fishing Dispute

A former Shinnecock Indian Nation leader who was ticketed last year for possessing undersized eels in disputed tribal waters filed a $102 million federal lawsuit against multiple people and agencies late last month.

According to the lawsuit, David Taobi Silva, 42, and two of his uncles, Gerrod T. Smith and Jonathan K. Smith, are seeking both a temporary and a permanent injunction from the U.S. District Court that would allow them to continue to fish in the disputed waters without being harassed by State Department of Environmental Conservation enforcement officers.


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