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Ashford Publishing Radio Presents Margo Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is a member of the Shinnecock Tribe. She is the granddaughter of the Shinnecocks’ late ceremonial sachem Henry Bess, who was known as Chief Thunderbird on the 800-acre Shinnecock Reservation. Margo is the writer of the article “Myths and Mythunderstandings: Shinnecocks Propose New Laws for Native American Burial Sites”, which explains the myth that there is no consequence for desecrating Indian graves, especially on private property, and the myth understanding that violations of our sacred burial grounds will never again go unchallenged. The article points out October 5, 2003, when a Shelter Island couple, while digging a foundation for a horse barn in their yard, unearthed ancient aboriginal human remains. This uncovered and brought to light a pattern of desecration of Indian graves and sacred sites that spans the history of East End development from the 1600’s to 2004.