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.
WASHINGTON — The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to scrap proposed rules changes the state believes could lead to recognition of additional Indian tribes in the state.
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.
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.
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.