Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

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Joe Lieberman sues CT for $610M for tribe he fought as senator

Joseph I. Lieberman:

A dozen years after making the case in Washington that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation wasn’t really a tribe, former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was introduced Friday as one of the lawyers demanding the state of Connecticut pay $610 million to compensate the Schaghticokes for 2,000 acres of tribal lands taken over 117 years, beginning in 1801. Continue Reading →

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BIA says Schaghticoke petition is lacking

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WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday said a petition for recognition from the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is incomplete, missing four key elements that would allow the application to move forward. “The department finds your recently submissions of material…do not meet the requirements for a documented petition,” the BIA said. Continue Reading →

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

A roulette wheel in the Casino of the Wind at Mohegan Sun

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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Schaghticoke group planning bid for federal recognition – and a casino

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WASHINGTON – The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe of Kent, one of two rival groups in Connecticut with the Schaghticoke name, is preparing to make a bid for federal recognition, according to a Bureau of Indian Affairs official and a tribal consultant. Recognition would open the door to federal aid and the right to open a casino on tribal land. Continue Reading →

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Merrill to Schaghticokes: Our goof doesn’t get you a casino

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill formally notified the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation on Wednesday that her office’s mistaken acceptance of a business filing last month does not confer any right to develop a casino in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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U.S. denies CT tribes chance at federal recognition

Governor Dannell P. Malloy and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal praise the new rule for federal recognition of Indian tribes Monday.

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

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal

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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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Obama administration moving new tribal recognition rules

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the brink of making new federal tribal recognition rules – a move that could be a boon to several Connecticut tribes. Opponents, however, fearful of the ramifications of the new rules on casino operations and land claims, are making 11th-hour attempts to stop or slow the process. Continue Reading →

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