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United States Files Civil Action Against Shinnecock Indian Nation Resident For Illegal Dumping


The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a civil lawsuit against a resident of the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Monday in federal court in Central Islip, accusing him of dumping construction and demolition debris into Shinnecock wetlands since 2013, and asking a judge to compel him to clean up the site.

But Gordon Smith, 63, who lives on East Creek Way on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, counters that the federal government has no jurisdiction over what he does on the reservation land, which he has occupied since 1982.


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