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.
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.
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.
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.