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Connecticut tribe says it has made federal bid, hopes for casino

WASHINGTON — The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe of Kent says it filed a voluminous petition for federal recognition with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a bid it hopes will result in the rights to open a casino in the Danbury area. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who has fought efforts by tribes to win acknowledgement, called the effort “frivolous.” Continue Reading →

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North Stonington selectman helps GOP lawmakers push Indian recognition bill

WASHINGTON– Nicholas Mullane, a longtime Republican selectman for the town of North Stonington, on Wednesday helped bolster a GOP bill would strip the Obama administration of its authority to recognize Indian tribes. Continue Reading →

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U.S. denies CT tribes chance at federal recognition

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has moved to make it easier for tribes across the nation to win federal recognition – while blocking several Connecticut tribes from doing so. That drew praise from Connecticut’s politicians. Continue Reading →

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BIA takes heat from CT lawmakers, others on Indian recognition

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WASHINGTON – Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, hinted Wednesday he may have eliminated a provision in new tribal recognition rules that would stymie efforts by several Connecticut tribes to seek federal status. Continue Reading →

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Attorney General to legislators: Casino expansion poses legal risks

Attorney General George Jepsen warned top legislators Wednesday that legislation giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans exclusive rights to a new casino was itself a gamble, potentially endangering the current profit-sharing deal with the tribes and exposing the state to claims of illegal favoritism. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges

WASHINGTON – Rules under consideration that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition have a carve-out aimed at denying that status to several Connecticut tribes, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal has joined others in saying the provision may be unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

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CT politicians, Indian tribes escalate fight over recognition rule

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs has done Gov. Dannel Malloy and the rest of Connecticut’s public officials a huge favor by postponing the implementation of a regulation that could bring more tribal gaming to the state. But the forces opposing federal recognition of three Connecticut tribes are far from winning their campaign. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Six things you did not know about the federal acknowledgment of Indian tribes

When the next news story you read is that Connecticut is trying to abolish the remaining state Indian reservations so that it can evade the impact of potential changes to the federal tribal acknowledgment regulations, would you kindly think of these six things? Continue Reading →

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BIA latest recognition proposal is blow to CT tribes

Updated Friday at 3:45 p.m. WASHINGTON — An Eastern Pequot leader said Friday that his tribe plans to move forward with its attempt to win federal recognition, despite a provision in a new Bureau of Indian Affairs proposal aimed blocking that effort in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut officials lead charge against federal plan for Indians

Updated, 1:15 p.m. Washington – Connecticut officials are bracing for new Indian recognition rules that could upend the state’s gaming agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan, takes swaths of land out of the state tax base and likely result in new casinos. Continue Reading →

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