From Indian Country Today: Police raid on Shinnecock and Long Island yields guns, drugs

Posted: April 20, 2007 by: Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - A request last fall from Shinnecock Indian Nation leaders to the local district attorney to conduct a drug investigation on the reservation on April 19 resulted in the arrests of 13 people, including eight reservation residents.

Various drug, weapon and conspiracy charges were filed after law enforcement personnel from several agencies launched a pre-dawn raid at the reservation and nearby towns.

The police described the raid as ''the dismantling of a major narcotics distribution network'' on the East End of Long Island.

Seized in the raid were approximately 1 pound of marijuana, ''felon weight crack,'' approximately half an ounce of heroin, drug paraphernalia, four cars, eight handguns, eight rifles, eight shotguns, a computer and flat screen monitor, and $1,940 in cash, according to the police report.

The raid was conducted by state police, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department, and Probation Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Secret Service.

Nine court ordered search warrants, five of them on the Shinnecock reservation, were executed.

Police arrested John A. Miles, 35, of 156 Hampton Ave., Mastic, N.Y., and Terrill Latney, 27, of 2 Bogota Road, Mastic Beach, N.Y., who allegedly supplied ''large quantities of cocaine'' to the area. Both were arrested after police searched their residences.

Police alleged that Mile and Latney supplied cocaine to Shinnecock member Awan Gumbs, 26, who lives off the reservation. They alleged that Gumbs was ''the primary supplier of cocaine to the reservation.''

Details about the charges against Miles, Latney or Gumbs were not released. Reservation residents arrested included Joseph Johnson, 24, charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; Michael Morton, 44, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree conspiracy; Damon Wade, 37, criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy; Nakai Bess, 22; third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy; William I. Bess III, 23, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy; Linee Quinn, 32, second degree conspiracy; Damon Moore, 38, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and Matthew Smith, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Off reservation arrests included Kristine Goree, 2 Midgie Lane, Hampton Bay, N.Y., charged with second-degree conspiracy; and Kyle Barrett, 38, of Constable Drive, Riverhead, N.Y., charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Following the raid, the tribe's board of trustees - Chairman Randy King, Lance Gumbs and Frederick Bess - issued statement expressing both sadness and hope at the day's event:

''The people of the Shinnecock Indian Nation have repeatedly asked its leadership to take action against possible criminal activities on our lands, which threaten our way of life. The Board of Trustees stands with the Nation in its resolute determination to provide a safe, drug-free and crime-free environment for our children to grow and develop, for their parents to live in peace and for our elders to enjoy the fruits of their lifetime labors. We asked for the assistance of outside law enforcement agencies to help us accomplish these important goals.

''We are a Tribe, as closely knit as an extended family, and the police action that took place with our consent on our lands, against some of our people, touches every household and causes pain to us all. Today, our people walk with tears in their eyes, knowing that some members of our Family will suffer, but hopeful that the scourge we have been living with is about to come to an end and our community restored to its natural beauty and balance,'' the board wrote.

Two of the Shinnecock members arrested - Matthew Smith and Awan Gumbs are, respectively, the sons of Shinnecock Presbyterian Church pastor the Rev. Michael F. Smith, Shinnecock, and trustee member Lance Gumbs.

''It's been a little rough today,'' Lance Gumbs told Indian Country Today concerning the arrest of his son.

''It's a sad thing. I've been an avid opponent of drugs my whole life, but like they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. I love my son, and I'll stand by him, but I cannot condone that type of activity. The tribe will go forward in a positive way. This is very good for the tribe. This is something the people of the nation wanted,'' Gumbs said.

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Week of April 19 , 2007

UPDATED April 21, 2007

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From Indian Country Today: Police Raid on Shinnecock

Mayor Epley Calls for Support

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Available on the Net: Gordian Raacke on WPKN "Going Solar" - In this special program, our guest, renewable energy expert Gordian Raacke, will explain how solar energy systems can be used in existing homes to generate electricity for appliances, as well as, heat for hot water and space heating. You'll learn how much energy these systems can create, how much typical systems cost, what tax credits and rebates are available and how much theymight reduce your energy bills.
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Mayor Epley Appeals for support on New York Radio

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley spoke with New York City radio station WBAI's Long Island reporter, Dr. Jim Krivo on Wednesday morning about the day laborer problem and the mayor's efforts to help establish a hiring facility at Aldrich Lane. The mayor asked listeners to phone him at Village Hall to voice support for his efforts to solve the problem which will not use any public funds.

The mayor was interviewed on the program "Wake Up Call" at about 6:45 am. The program can be downloaded at this link. (click on the third entry for the 6-7am portion.)

The organization "Coalition for a Work Link Center" has been encouraging those who support the center to contact both Town and Village officials and tell them you support Mayor Epley regarding establishment of the Worklink Center.

The Southampton Village Trustees are

Mr. William Bates
Ms. Bonnie Cannon
Ms. Nancy McGann
Mr. Paul Robinson

Village officials may be contacted by phone at (631) 283-0247. Mayor Epley's office phone is extension 222. The Village Trustees can be emailed at
The mayor can be emailed at
Or mail them at 23 Main Street, Southampton NY 11968

Some members of the Southampton Town Board have recently voiced opposition to Mayor Epley's plan for Aldrich Park. Although the Village administers the park which was purchased with Community Preservation Funds, the Town participated in the purchase of the park land.

Town officials can be contacted as a group at this link or they can be reached by telephone at
631-283-6000 or by mail at 116 Hampton Road, Southampton NY 11968.

The Town Supervisor is Patrick Heaney.

Members of the Town Board are:

Hon. Nancy S. Graboski, Councilwoman

Hon. Linda A. Kabot, Councilwoman

Hon. Steven T. Kenny, Councilman

Hon. Christopher R. Nuzzi, Councilman

Tim Bishop Holds Town Meeting

Peace activist Jim Lynch reported via the Suffolk Peace Network list-serve ( that Congressman Tim Bishop held a Town Meeting in Miller Place last week with 40-50 people in attendance.

The Congressman was challenged on his position on funding for the Iraq war by Mr. Lynch who reports that Rep. Bishop "hides behind the 'we don't have enough votes' line (for everything from cutting off funds to overriding prez vetoes). Among those present Lynch says "there was zero support for the war - I mean zero!!!"

The news from Iraq today is of 160 more Iraqis dead in attacks in Baghdad alone.
Iraqis are united in at least one thing. As the Guardian report indicates. They want the US occupation to end.

We should once again tell our representative in DC that enough is more than enough. Bring Our Troops Home NOW!

Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting April 18

For details on these events scroll down:

* April 19 (Thursday): The Ground Truth - Documentary & Discussion in Massapequa Park at 7:30 pm

* April 19, 20 (Thursday, Friday): Anti-Bias Training Session in Riverhead time tba

* April 19 (Thursday): Long Island Immigrant Civil Rights Symposium in Central Islip 5-7pm

* April 20 (Friday): Peacesmiths Forum on First Ammendment Rights in Amityville at 8pm

* April 30 (Monday) School Parent Advocacy at Monthly OLA Meeting Bridgehamton at 7:30pm

* May 4 (Friday): "Facing the Wall" - Talk about Palestine in Mattituck at 5:30 pm

* May 5 (Saturday): Facing War - North Fork People of Conscience documentary at Cutchogue 7pm
Repeating Events:

* Second Friday of Month: US Dept. of Labor Rep at OLA's Water Mill Office

* Demonstration at Patchogue Recruiting Station 12-1:30 pm

* Every Thursday evening - Book Study Group in Water Mill

* "Herstory" Writing Workshops on Wednesdays in Farmingville (Spanish and English) 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays in Spanish only in East Hampton at 7 pm

* Second Tuesday of Month: South Fork Chapter of LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30 pm

Details Follow:

April 19 (Thursday): The Ground Truth - Documentary & Discussion in Massapequa Park at 7:30 pm

The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends is an intense and riveting documentary that follows six ordinary Americans to Iraq and back.

Patricia Foulkrod's film follows six ordinary American men and women through recruitment, training combat in iraq, and back home, where they struggle to integrate into society.

Bill McNulty, Discussion Leader

At Massapequa Public Library at Bar Harbor Lower Level Auditorium 40 Harbor Lane, Massapequa Park

Presented by The Great South Bay Forum, The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, The Long Island Progressive Coalition, Pax Christi, and Veterans for Peace. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

For information and directions call (516) 799-4088 or (516) 795-1085

April 19, 20 (Thursday, Friday): Anti-Bias Training Session in Riverhead time tba

A 2-day training sponsored by the Anti-Bias Task Forces in our area and by the organization Erase Racism. It's called "Unraveling Racism" and will take place on Thurs, April 19 and Friday, April 20 (2 full-day sessions) at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead at hours to be announced. The training will cover areas like historical/social context for racism in the US; links between racism/classism/sexism; reality and daily experience of individuals, institutional racism and white privilege; etc.

Call OLA at 726-OLA6 for more information. There is a cost for this training and subsidies may be available.

April 19 (Thursday): Long Island Immigrant Civil Rights Symposium in Central Islip 5-7pm

The symposium on Immigrant Civil Rights will be held at the Faculty Conference Room of the Touro Law School in Central Islip on Thursday, April 19th from 5 to 7pm.

Speaking will be Amy Sugimor (La Fuente), Udi Ofer (NYCLU), Luis Valenzuela (Long Island Immigration Alliance), Avideh Moussavian (NY Immigration Coalition) and Patrick Young of the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). There will be a Q&A session and dinner will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsoring organizations are: Touro, ACLU, LALSA, and PILOT.

contact: "Mark Fridman" Touro ACLU


April 20 (Friday): Peacesmiths Forum on First Ammendment Rights in Amityville at 8pm

The PeaceSmiths monthly Community Forum will present Attorney Alan Polsky speaking on recent attacks on LI area activists' First Amendment rights. Alan Polsky is Legal Director of the Suffolk NYCLU (Civil Liberties Union).

More info available at PeaceSmiths (631)798-0778

April 30 (Monday) School Parent Advocacy at Monthly OLA Meeting Bridgehamton at 7:30pm

“School-Parent Advocacy” – How to Advocate for Your Child in School

The English Language Learner/Immigrant Child in School

How to Help Your Child Make the Cultural Transition without Losing Your Roots

Speakers are Joaquín Méndez-Director of ESL, Southampton High School and
Dr. Arnaldo Ramos-Psychologist, Child Development Center of the Hamptons/Charter School

Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
“Community Room” Bridgehampton National Bank
2200 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton

For more information: 631-726-OLA6 (6526)

May 4 (Friday): "Facing the Wall" - Talk about Palestine in Mattituck at 5:30 pm

Facing the Wall, an illustrated talk by Hazel Kahan about the outpouring of Palestinian and international art created by Israel's construction of the wall or separation barrier in the West Bank's occupied territories.

Friday, May 4 at 5.30 pm
Mattituck-Laurel Library
Main Road, Mattituck

For more information, please call Hazel at 298-5540 or email

May 5 (Saturday): Facing War - North Fork People of Conscience documentary at Cutchogue 7pm

North Fork People of Conscience is excited to announce the first public screening of FACING WAR, a 40-minute documentary we have produced in partnership with Conscience Films of Port Jefferson. The film presents students at Brooklyn Friends School and their reaction to the Honor The Fallen memorial shown at their school recently.

We will also be showing a short film by Emily Greenberg of Mattituck High School to be followed by a discussion about both films with a group of high school students.

Both films will be shown at the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Main Road, Cutchogue on Saturday, May 5, 2007 7.00 pm

We have been exhibiting the Honor the Fallen memorial-- the nearly 200 panels containing the faces and obituaries of the American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan--for two years now and in 15 major venues.

However, until now we have never really understood what effect the panels have on those who come to view them. In February this year we installed the memorial in Brooklyn Friends School for three days and then went back to interview the high school students and teachers who had been living with them for those days.
What they told us and what we learned is captured in the documentary and we invite you to come and see it with us.

More information on our blog
or call Gwynne at 298-4912 or email us at

May 12 (Saturday): "Ruth's Skirts"Kathy Engel Reading in Sag Harbor at 6pm

Kathy Engel will read from her volume of poetry 'Ruth's Skirts' at Canio's Books
290 Main St. Sag Harbor at 6pm.

"Kathy Engel is a long distance warrior/woman/poet in this struggle against facism/racism/sexism/homophobia. .... She makes us smile. Hum. Cry.
Laugh out loud at ourselves and others. Above all, she makes us think. Love.
Care for each other." --- Sonia Sanchez

Information at Canio's 631-725- 4925
Repeating Events:

See Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils.

See Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations
Second Friday of Month: Labor Dept Reps in Water Mill from 11am to 1 pm

Bilingual Latino representatives from the US Dept of Labor's Wage and Hour Division are available the second Friday of every month in the OLA office, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., to answer questions concerning workers' rights and to help workers--whether documented or undocumented--recover pay owed them.

If your employer has not paid you for time you've worked or if you know someone in this situation, visit the OLA office at 1152 Montauk Hwy in Water Mill to find out what you can do.

Call 631-726-6526 ( 726 - OLA6).

Saturday Demos in Patchogue Recruiting Station at 12-1:30pm

We will continue our regular protest in Patchogue on Saturday with informational leafletting against recruiters in our public schools and deceiptful recruiting practices. Signs, flyers, petitions will be provided.

Where: 116 Main St., Patchogue, west of Route 112, east of N. Ocean Ave.

When: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Come for 1/2 hour or the whole time.

Why: To make the public aware of military recruiting practices in our public schools. We want equal access into our schools alongside military recruiters with information regarding the realities of the military. We want an adult present when a student speaks with a recruiter.

Contact: 631-875-8647

Thursday evening Book Study Group in Water Mill at 7 pm

The Thursday night group invites you to a Lively discussion starting March 1.
"Saving Jesus (from the Religious Right)"

To view an introductory video, go to

Meeting begins at 7:00 pm with Taize (Candlelight, Silence, Simple Chants, Scripture), Simple Soup at 7:30 , DVD and discussion from 8:00 until 9:00

The group meets at the Lutheran Church at Hayground Road and Montauk Highway
on Thursdays at 7pm

Contact Pastor Vita at 631-537-1187 or pastorvita(at)verizon(dot)net
"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English

Wednesdays in Farmingville:

Herstory Writers Workshop meets every Monday afternoon at the Farmingville branch of the Workplace Project from 3 to 5. Both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking women come together to share and shape their life experiences through memoir writing. The workshop is conducted in both English and Spanish. Call 631-723-0150 for more information and directions to the center.

Thursdays in East Hampton:

Every Thursday Spanish-speaking women come together to share their writing with one another and receive feedback on how to structure and shape their lifewriting. The East Hampton workshop is open to East Hampton Town residents and is conducted entirely in Spanish. It meets every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road.

Call 631-723-0150 for more information.

Second Tuesday each month: South Fork Chapter - LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30pm

The regular monthly meeting of the South Fork chapter of the Progressive Coalition is at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway & Hayground Rd. between Water Mill and Bridgehampton. Info: 516-541-1006, ext.55 or www (.)lipc(.)org

Sundays: Bush is a Liar Choir" rehearses in Lindenhurst from 7 to 9pm

Join political action singing group. Participate in songs regarding environment, anti-war, labor, multiculturalism, civil rights, and other issues. Sing historic songs of struggle and social change.

Contribute to the progressive movement while becoming culturally enriched. If you've ever wanted to be in a singing group, now is your chance! Experienced and non-experienced singers are welcome.

All we ask is that you are able to sing on pitch. We need sopranos!
Rehearsals take place, Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 in Lindenhurst.

Call Lisa Fishbein at: (631) 957-4954

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Suffolk Peace Vigils - Starting Wednesday April 18

This coming week's Peace Vigils are on:

Wednesday in Mastic-Shirley: 4:30 pm - Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway *

Friday in Sayville: 4pm at Railroad Ave and Main St

Saturday in Bellport: 11am at Station and South Country Roads

Saturday in Setauket: 11:00 am - Route 25A and Bennets Road

* Wednesday vigil - contact: Susan at ____________________________________________

East End Women in Black vigil for peace in the middle east and an end to the occupations of Palestine and Iraq on the first and third Sundays in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. The vigil started in August of 2002.

The next vigil is on Sunday May 6 at the Monument in Bridgehampton at 5pm.

Starting Sunday May 6 and continuing through the summer, vigils we be held at 5pm on the first Sunday each month in Bridgehampton and the third Sunday each month at the Sag Harbor Wharf.

More info at East End Women in Black web site or call 631-259-2482 _______________________________________________________

South Country Peace Group, South Country Women in Black and Pax Christi Sponsor a vigil in Patchogue on the last Sunday of each month. The next memorial candlelight vigil will be on Sunday, April 29 at the Four Corners in Patchogue—where Ocean Avenue crosses Main St/Rte 27A at sundown. There will be a reading of the names of those killed in Iraq . Organized by the South Country Peace Group, Bellport Women In Black and St Joseph the Worker Pax Christi. This event takes place on the last Sunday of each month at or right after sundown. For update on time contact Dennis Urlaub at ________________________________________________

Veterans For Peace and Code Pink will vigil for peace on the second Saturday each month at the Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge in front of the Dennison State Office Building on Route 347. The next vigil will be Saturday, May 12 between 4:00 & 6:00 pm. To confirm and for more info: email to