Letter: In Support of Sugar Loaf Hill Purchase

Pictured Above: The Hawthorne Road site on Sugar Loaf Hill, where human remains believed to be a Shinnecock grave site were found on a construction site in 2018. Southampton Town has since purchased that building lot. The Peconic Land Trust is in contract to purchase a 4.5-acre property at the summit of Sugar Loaf Hill, where Southampton Town is considering purchasing a conservation easement through the Community Preservation Fund to return control of the site to the Shinnecock Nation.

To the Editor:

The ongoing destruction of the Shinnecock Hills land where native people buried their dead must stop. The beauty of the land that attracted settlers and escapees from the city to our area is fast disappearing. The spurt in property sales has one positive effect — the increase in funds in the Community Preservation Fund.

I am writing in support of the Southampton Town plan to authorize funds to purchase a conservation easement from the Peconic Land Trust for the summit of Sugar Loaf Hill, with funds from the Community Preservation Fund, in line with the wishes of the Shinnecock people.

Sugar Loaf Hill is particularly special to the Shinnecock people because it has historically been a place where they would lay their loved ones to rest.
The Shinnecock are entrusting the Peconic Land Trust to acquire fee title to the land until its rightful return to Shinnecock stewardship. The proposed purchase must pass!

Anthony Ernst
Southampton

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