Montauketts in Albany Say 'We Are Still Here!'

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., center, was joined by a delegation in support of Montaukett recognition last week.

Members of the Montaukett Indian Nation traveled to the state capital last week for their We Are Still Here! advocacy day on April 24. 

They spent the day in Albany meeting with state legislators in support of bills sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle that would provide state acknowledgment and recognition of the Montaukett Indians. 

The Montauketts have sought to restore their state recognition, claiming that it was improperly removed in 1910, when a court declared the tribe extinct.