Shinnecock women, allied with Catholic sisters, farm kelp to restore bay waters

Jul 19, 2022


LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK — The cold, bracing waters of Shinnecock Bay on eastern Long Island are a part of a long history of oppression and renewal, of struggle and solidarity.

Among the keepers of the stories are six women of the sovereign Shinnecock Indian Nation determined to protect the bay and the surrounding Shinnecock Hills from encroaching development.

“It’s our ancestral land,” said Tela Troge, a member of the nation, which is located in Southampton, Long Island, and one of the six Shinnecock women working to preserve the bay. “We’ve been here 12,500 years.

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