The Shinnecock Indians made the mistake of establishing themselves—thousands of years ago—on Long Island's East End, adjacent, unfortunately, to Southampton. How were they to know at the time that Southampton would eventually become among the most moneyed parcels of land in the country, its sybaritic inhabitants defined by their rosé-sodden lifestyles and general distaste for even a whiff of unpleasant reality that might sully their good time?

Vice has a lengthy piece on the plight of the Shinnecock Nation, who were given the rights to the stunning landscape in 1703, with the lease not set to expire for 1,000 years. Of course, 1,000 years is just a super long time, man, so it should come as no surprise that in 1859, thousands of acres of land—firmly established as Shinnecock territory—were summarily recouped by the area's white residents, who managed to nullify the lease with stunning ease.

In 2005, the Shinnecock Nation filed a lawsuit seeking not only financial compensation, but the "removal of all current residents from the land so that it may be returned to the tribe." Predictably, a judge ruled against the tribe on the basis that too much time had passed since the injustice occurred, in addition to the fact that a land transfer at this juncture would be "disruptive."

Reasonable point—why did the Shinnecocks wait hundreds of years to protest what was clearly blatant land theft? “The language barrier and lack of familiarity with the US legal system at the time would have made it nearly impossible for the tribe to assert their rights,” Greg Guedel, chairman of Native American Legal services at the Foster Pepper Law Firm, told Vice. It wasn't as though the Shinnecocks didn't spend the entire 20th century enraged over the pillery. But what's striking about the issue is that the Shinnecocks are no less marginalized now than they were in 1859—despite earning federal recognition in 2010, the tribe still stands about as much chance of reclaiming their territory as the anarchist puppeteer does to moving into a spare wing of a Koch brothers mansion.

But what really twists the knife in the hundreds-year old wound (ew), is that the Shinnecocks aren't even permitted to set foot on Hamptons beaches. The tribe's reservation is a measly few miles from Cooper's Beach (oooh!) but it may as well be locked in an impenetrable glass ball that is also located on Mars: “We have to pay $300 for a town permit or pay $40 to park at Cooper’s Beach for one day. I don’t have that kind of money,” one tribal member told Vice.

Fed up, she recently decided to take a stand and refused to pay the required $40. “You’re on our land,” she told the beach official. “I’m not going to pay you $40 for nature that you shouldn’t be charging for anyway.” When the official insisted on the $40, she didn’t back down “out of principle.” The Village of Southampton responded by serving her with a $250 ticket.