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Federal Recognition
Lawmakers ask Norton to block tribe's recognition


Three Connecticut lawmakers asked Interior Secretary Gale Norton to revoke the recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation because the Bureau of Indian Affairs made a mistake in the case.

Reps. Nancy Johnson, Christopher Shays and Rob Simmons, all Republicans, said the error in calculating intermarriage rates is further evidence that the tribe's petition is faulty. They said the BIA should reverse its decision in favor of recognition.

The BIA admitted the mistake but officials say it doesn't necessarily hurt the tribe.

Get the Story:
Lawmakers Call For Reversal Of Schaghticoke Recognition (The New London Day 12/10)
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Lawmakers: BIA Error More Evidence Schaghticoke Recognition Must Be Overturned (Johnson 12/9)

Relevant Documents:
Inspector General Letter | Schaghticoke Briefing Paper

Only on Indianz.Com:
Federal Recognition Database (July 2004)

Relevant Links:
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation - http://www.schaghticoke.com
Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decisions - http://www.ibiadecisions.com

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