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Shinnecock Sewanaka Society

"When at last truth is revealed, pain subsides and wounds heal"

Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society


Contact: Janine Tinsley-Roe, Founder and Executive Director
Phone: 631-286-2262


Inviting All Educators To A Unique Opportunity For Learning Native American Culture

Shinnecock-SewanakaDo you know the translation for “Shinnecock?” Do you know what “Sewanaka” means? What about “Hakame?” Let us teach you America’s first language and other everyday Americana that came from Native Americans.

Our community programs specialize in Eastern Native American Algonquin culture and history designed with keeping a spiritual balance. Our workshops provide Native American stories, music, films, and discussions to foster growth in diversity and tolerance. Native Americans have contributed greatly to our everyday lives and many people are unaware of our foundations in our democracy, healthcare and nutrition.

We are available for small or large group sessions, school classrooms of all ages, business multi-cultural programs and to ecumenical communities. Program fees depend on group size, length of workshop and location.

Special Thanksgiving season Programs are booking now! Call the Society for further info 631-286-2262!

About Us

Shinnecock-SewanakaWe are the descendants of Shinnecock priest Paul Cuffee and the Poospatuck leaders that advised the founding fathers of the U.S. Constitution, William Floyd, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Our organization is about preserving Native American history on Long Island. It is about instilling pride and building self esteem to our Native American members and providing young people with a culturally sensitive support system to enable and empower them to succeed. We provide educational programs and workshops on Native American Indian Culture, eastern Algonquin history, music, dance, interpretation of our language, health and healing alternatives and relaxation circles.

ShinnecockWe are a 501c3 grassroots organization and rely on the generosity of the private donor. We receive no other funding from either tribal government. Your donations have provided help with heating homes, funerals, our grandmother's fund, and program support. Our visibility will increase once we have #304 Station Road completed and the Museum & Gift shop open.

Donations can be sent to the society at: P.O. Box 219, Bellport, NY 11713.


Our Events

Shinnecock-SewanakaOur Annual "Nation With Nation, Peace in Healing" Gala & Powwow is a collaborative event with the Irish culture. This event started 14 years ago with our founders’ visit to Northern Ireland to help kickoff a drug intervention program with young students in 1995. This visit inspired a vision of tolerance between different cultures. By sharing music, food and fellowship we can learn about each other, heal wounds and live together in Peace. This has been happening in Bellport Village for 13 years. It will be held again in September 2009, bands featured will be the renowned Irish group "Morning Star" and the Seneca Drum Group "Old Bridge Singers."

Shinnecock"Shinnecock; A Legacy of Golf" Classic is held every year. This golfing remembrance was established to bring pride back to the game for our people and to celebrate our PGA professionals. We present the story of how golf came to the Shinnecock and our Legendary Shinnecock Hills.

We will also be initiating a Youth Golf Program and Sailing Program
. Our golf history started with the creation of the Shinnecock Hills Golf course, in Southampton. We Shinnecocks built that course on Native land. We will teach about our history with golf while providing our young people with an opportunity to play the sport. Our Sailing vision was given a boost with a donation of a Hobie Cat and Sunfish. This program will focus on our history of whaling and seamanship. We were masters of these waters and hope to provide young people a long last opportunity to learn what their ancestors knew.

Please keep us in your hearts as we continue to grow!