Edythe, the eldest of Chief Thunderbirds children, and co-founder of this organization. Along with her two late sisters Elizabeth Haile, and Grace Smith they carried on their fathers vision to have a family organization that helps others. Edythe along with her children have established and built the Wildwood Chapel that is located on their property on the Shinnecock territory.
Rebecca is a visionary thinker. She believes leaders makes selfless sacrifices. She puts the needs of her family, and her Shinnecock People ahead of her own. Rebecca is an essential attribute to the P.M.L circle and has earned respect and trust. She has always succeeded in doing meaningful work, and currently spearheads the Graves Protection Warriors (GPW), and Water and Sacred Sites Protectors Alliance (W.S.S.P.A). Rebecca is daughter of Grace Smith.
Reverend Holly Haile-Thompson began work with the lodge 1994. Since becoming a staple in the lodge as a gatherer of ceremony, a spokesperson for the lodge, and bringing together the Methodist Church and P.M.L. Holly has made her voice;
as well as the voice of the people heard.
Bringing attention to the imbalance of the Tribal members compared to the very wealthy across the Shinnecock Bay, Holly says " all we want is some blessings that come from living in this community to be spread around a little bit more". Holly is Elizabeth (Chee-Chee) Haile's eldest child.
Dianne takes lead in the P.M.L financial management and oversight. She works closely with all other board members to ensure accountability and equality. Dianne is daughter of Edythe and sister of Margo.
Rainbow has grown up with the P.M.L. Dedicating her time and education toward the many issues the lodge is involved with. Rainbow, a traditional dancer used this skill to raise funding to address substandard housing on the reservation. Rainbow now uses her education to bring the P.M.L into the times so our message reaches a bigger audience, and hopefully gain a strong following. "I am dedicated to this organization because my elders taught me the importance of this, and I want to always honor them". Rainbow is daughter of Rebecca.
Margo has taken initiative to begin history classes. She has started the Shinnecock Historical Society and has 7 dedicated members. These classes were created in early fall of 2018, in direct response to the community's desire to review Shinnecock History. The curriculum focuses on early colonial history, whaling, traditions, and the Circassion shipwreck of 1876. Margo is the eldest child of Edythe.
"For thousands of years the Shinnecock People walked the Red Road. The good was of the people as given to us by the Creator. Find your path on this good road." - Margo Thunderbird
Conscience point film: Rebecca Genia, Shinnecock tribal member and Chief of Padoquohan medicine lodge. Rebecca is a key person in this film. As one of her many accomplishments, this film tells the story of her courageous efforts to address the on going over development crisis of the Shinnecock Hills, Southampton N.Y.
ABOUT THE FILM Exploring the roots of American inequity, greed and pollution, CONSCIENCE POINT contrasts the values of those for whom beautiful places are a commodity - who regard land as raw material to be developed for profit and pleasure - and those locals for whom land means community, belonging, heritage and home.
Click the conscience point button below to be linked to the website and to learn about the film and how you can be a part of the solution.
Created in September of 2019, this fundraiser began on behalf on the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge to raise funds and awareness for needs within the Shinnecock community.
Asking for donations to purchase a motor boat. We the Shinnecock people believe we are obligated to protecting our waters that surround us. patrol the surrounding Shinnecock Bay, collecting debris and data on shoreline. This will be a volunteer position for anyone in the Shinnecock community who wants to help protect our waterways.
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MEDICINE LODGE( 501c3)
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS ARTS INITIATIVE :
Beginning a new project for this year the volunteers with the P.M.L have created a program that welcomes ages 3-18. This art initiative is modeled after a successful project being done in Africa. The youth will learn technique and value of art. The pieces will be showcased at Keyes Art Gallery in Sag Harbor N.Y.
Successfully we have held a three part series of art classes. This began as a youth project, however it became a class of all ages.
We would like to continue this initiative by adding in other art styles to encourage anyone interested in the arts
"Draw an Osprey" art project was a success!
Donate to this initiative and help us continue with these positive activities within the shinnecock nation.
GRAVES PROTECTION WARRIORS SOCIETY : Funding is most needed as the on going battle to STOP over-development. This fund will help to gather needed documentation for graves protection legislation. Purchase and preserve what land is left in the Shinnecock Hills.
We would like to raise $20,000.00
AS A RESULT OF A GO FUND ME PAGE AND KIND ALLIES THIS AMOUNT WAS RAISED.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ALLIE PLEASE CONTACT EMAIL US WITH THE EMAIL LINK BELOW.
SHINNECOCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Titled "Shinnecock- The Whaling People" are classes and seminars led by our knowledge keeper Margo Thunderbird. These classes are held at the request of Tribal members who have expressed an interest in learning out Tribal history from 1640 forward. We have gathered documentation on whaling, the whaling industry, and maps of voyages.
There is a need for funding for class supplies, distribution of materials needed, meeting space, transportation, and vital research.
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Your contribution will enable us to support our various community projects and initiatives. We will begin our new campaign for keeping Mother Earth clean in response to COVID19, please sign up for email updates on this campaign.