Shinnecock Reservation Rallies Around Family Who Lost Everything

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 8th, 2016 Last Updated on: September 8th, 2016

A family living on the Shinnecock Reservation recently lost everything in a devastating fire, including their vehicles.

State Police are investigating a fire that destroyed two homes on the Shinnecock Reservation early Friday morning. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the cause of the fire, according to police.

The fire was first reported at about 3:30 a.m., police said.


One of the homes belonged to Dan Collins Jr., the son of Tribal Council Vice Chairman Dan Collins Sr. and the brother of Vanesaa Vasces-Corleone, who has organized several Black Lives Matter rallies on the East End this summer. She posted on Facebook that the house and cars were “completely gone.” The house was set on fire in multiple locations, she posted.

Her daughter, brother, his wife, and their two children were in the home, but were able to escape unharmed. She did not immediately return calls on Friday.


Luckily no one was harmed, but with all material possessions gone, it's hard to start over. If you'd like to help the family out, there is a Go Fund Me page set up that is taking donations. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/2n6rhxqc for more information.

If you're near the Shinnecock community in Southampton, New York, clothing and donations can also be dropped off at the community center on the Shinnecock Reservation.

Here's what's needed:

Children's clothing: Boys' 4T, Girls 6/7 and 10/12.

Shoe sizes: Boys, 9, Girls, 11 and 4.

Our hearts go out to the family but I know there are a lot of good people out there who can help them recover.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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