“As the state doubles down in its effort to scuttle the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s digital billboard project on Sunrise Highway, it’s drawing the ire of a Southampton resident who is providing moral and financial support to the tribe: Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.
“In an interview Friday, Waters told Newsday that he’s helping fund the tribe’s legal defense in the court case brought by the (New York) Department of Transportation in 2019, saying he found the state’s threats to fine the tribe and remove its revenue-generating sign project fundamentally unfair. The state was denied a temporary restraining order to stop construction on the north-side site and use of the already completed sign on the south side. More recently, the state sent a stop-work order and a letter threatening $1,000 fines for unpermitted work, while threatening to remove the 61-foot structures, an economic engine for the nation. The tribe has refused the state’s order, saying the department has no authority over tribal land, and arguing it will defend its property and sovereignty.”