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BIA takes heat from CT lawmakers, others on Indian recognition

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Updated at 8:48 p.m.
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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Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal

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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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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