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All is not well at Shinnecock Hills, the site of the U.S. Open next week. The brief information about Shinnecock Hills on the U.S. Open's website says, "The club was built on land that formerly belonged to the Shinnecock Indian Tribe and many Shinnecock Indians assisted in the construction of the course." An article by Filip Bondy of the Daily News paints a less than rosy picture.

Bondi reports that the members of the Shinnecock Nation, once closely associated with the course, now have little affiliation with it at all. Some of the tribe members helped lay the grass on the course, while others were employed at Shinnecock in 1986 and 1995, the last two times the U.S. Open was there. During those years and until 1999, Peter Smith, a Shinnecock, was the course superintendent who is in charge of the maintenance, operation and management of a golf course. Since 1999, the tribal chairman Lance Gumbs feels there "is no relationship with the course anymore."

What Gothamist wonders is how the Shinnecock Nation could let the course use a logo like it has. While it may not get those jobs back, it seems like the public usually gets behind issues like the exploitation of Native Americans.