Cromwell, Betty Belle: Sninnecock Activist Passed Away

Southampton, New York (AP) August 2010

A Shinnecock activist whose Indian name was Princess Smiling Face has died on Long Island. She was 85.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation said Betty Belle Cromwell passed away during late July at Southampton Hospital following complications from a stroke.

She was a former member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s tribal council and a past president of the Shinnecock Cultural Center & Museum in Southampton.

True to her Indian name, she taught young tribal members to remain optimistic in the face of adversity.

Cromwell also served as director of the Shinnecock Community Employment Program, helping tribal members find jobs outside the Southampton reservation.

She was an active member of the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church in Southampton. A funeral service was held there Aug. 5.