A new fence on the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum grounds was spray-painted with vulgar graffiti overnight, museum staffers discovered Wednesday morning.
The stockade fence, which was installed in the spring at the entrance to the museum's new Wikun Village outdoor exhibition, was covered in black and silver paint. Symbols, acronyms, a racial slur and obscenities were drawn.
The vandal, or vandals, also broke into the museum's shed, though nothing appears to have been taken, said New York State Trooper Carver.
Carver, who would not give his first name, was on scene Wednesday morning awaiting investigators. He confirmed that spray paint cans were found nearby.
It was unclear whether one or more persons were responsible, he said. Investigators will determine whether the incident will be investigated as a hate crime, because of the nature of the graffiti, Carver said.