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On This Site Native Long Island

On This Site is an art-based photography project by Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis. The purpose of this project is to preserve and create awareness of culturally significant Native American locations on Long Island, New York.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the national non-profit Running Strong for American Indian Youth. 

Fifty-eight years ago, Billy Mills achieved his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and since then, he has used that victory to help him give back to the Native American community. To celebrate Billy’s dream and his leadership, Running Strong launched the Dreamstarter® Academy Grant program to help the next generation of American Indian youth make their dreams come true through a combination of financial support, hands-on mentorship, networking, and communications training.

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For those who enjoy the On This Site project, click the image above to learn more about the latest 2023 edition of the printed project which helps sustain the research and maintenance of this website.

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In May 2023, The Unmarked Grave Protection Act was passed in New York State.

Just a little more than four months after Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have provided protection for unmarked graves — a measure supported by the state’s Native American tribes — the New York State Legislature on Monday passed a revamped version of the measure as part of a whirlwind legislative week tied to the completion of the state’s $229 billion budget.

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  • Enacts the “unmarked burial site protection act“;
  • requires the cessation of all ground-disturbing activities upon the discovery of a burial ground, human remains or funerary objects;
  • requires the reporting of such discovery to the local coroner;
  • provides that if such remains are more than 50 years old, the state archaeologist shall be notified;  
  • requires state archaeologist to determine whether the remains are of Native American origin;
  • provides that the lineal descendants or culturally affiliated group of such remains shall be notified and be given possession thereof;
  • establishes the Native American burial site review committee to provide for notice and disposition of Native American remains;
  • establishes criminal penalties for the violation of such provisions relating to the disturbance or failure to report the discovery of any such site, remains or objects;
  • grants the attorney general and aggrieved parties a civil right of action for the violations of such provisions; requires inquiry by state agency preservation officers to determine whether any proposed project undertaken, funded or approved by a state agency will disturb burial grounds.
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