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Shinnecock Elder Marguerite A. Smith, second from left (Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Shinnecock Elder Marguerite A. Smith, second from left in back row, with her family: back row from left, Weyhan Smith, Everett Hunter and Erica Chase; middle row from left, Cholena Smith, Josephine Smith and Aiyana Smith-Williams; front row from left, Nashota Williams, Nuhkon Shendo-Smith, Weguai Shendo-Smith and Nootimus Williams. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Life on the reservation

On Shinnecock land, family and tradition come first.

Shinnecock Elder Marguerite A. Smith, second from left
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Shinnecock Elder Marguerite A. Smith, second from left in back row, with her family: back row from left, Weyhan Smith, Everett Hunter and Erica Chase; middle row from left, Cholena Smith, Josephine Smith and Aiyana Smith-Williams; front row from left, Nashota Williams, Nuhkon Shendo-Smith, Weguai Shendo-Smith and Nootimus Williams. (Aug. 6, 2012)

A stone and a wooden cross decorated with
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

A stone and a wooden cross decorated with flowers and a ribbon stand in the cemetery on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton. (Aug. 27, 2012)

A pair of chairs for watching the sun
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

A pair of chairs for watching the sun come up and go down overlook a beach with a red canoe on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton. (Aug. 27, 2012)

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Roberta Hunter, her husband, Glenn Cuyjet, and their
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Roberta Hunter, her husband, Glenn Cuyjet, and their son, Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet. The couple was married at the Presbyterian church on the reservation, where they have raised their three children, who include daughters Sequoyah and Sienna. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Avery Dennis Sr. and his wife, Dorothy. Dennis,
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Avery Dennis Sr. and his wife, Dorothy. Dennis, also known as Chief Eagle Eye, is a former trustee of the tribe. The couple’s son, Avery Jr., and his family also live on the reservation. (Aug. 5, 2012)

The 1.3 square miles of the promontory of
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

The 1.3 square miles of the promontory of land that the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton stands on is rimmed by the shore. (Aug. 27, 2012)

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church is the oldest continuous
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church is the oldest continuous reformed Indian congregation in the U.S., serving its people since the late 1600s. (Aug. 27, 2012)

“The change I’d like to see on the
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

“The change I’d like to see on the reservation is for all to live comfortably and not to have to struggle,” said Denise Silva-Dennis. “There is a small amount of Shinnecock people who are doing very well; I'd just like to see everyone included since we all share the same legacy.” Her family includes son Jeremy, left, husband Avery Jr. and daughter Kelly. (Aug. 4, 2012)

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Rebecca Genia, seated on railing with her relatives,
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Rebecca Genia, seated on railing with her relatives, clockwise from left, include Henry Talkhouse, Neepoh Hill, Anuksqua Hill and Grace Smith, who is holding a print of her great-great grandmother Charity Kellis-Hunter. (Aug. 4, 2012)

A stone in the cemetery stands as a
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

A stone in the cemetery stands as a memorial to Shinnecock who served their country. (Aug. 27, 2012)

Michelle Johnson (in purple headdress) with Starleaf Gumbs
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Michelle Johnson (in purple headdress) with Starleaf Gumbs (standing, left), Sierra Gumbs, who holds Chayton James Segree, Meesha Johnson, Strongheart Warrior (in hat), Summersnow Stith and Sunshine Gumbs (standing). (Aug. 5, 2012)

Gravestones in the cemetery date back to the
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

Gravestones in the cemetery date back to the early 1800s. (Aug. 27, 2012)

A gravestone lies in the cemetery on the
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

A gravestone lies in the cemetery on the Shinnecock Reservation, with some graves dating back to the early 1800s. (Aug. 27, 2012)

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A gravestone honors the 10 Shinnecock killed in
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

A gravestone honors the 10 Shinnecock killed in the 1876 Circassian shipwreck near Bridgehampton. Only four of the 32-man crew survived. (Aug. 27, 2012)

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church has served the tribe
(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church has served the tribe since the late 1600s. (Aug. 27, 2012)

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