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Federal Recognition
Lobbyist hired to overturn tribe's recognition


Residents of a Connecticut town have hired a Republican lobbyist to overturn the federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.

Town Action to Save Kent, known as TASK, hired Bradley Blakeman of the Barbour, Griffith & Rogers lobbying and law firm. Blakeman [Biography] is vice president of the firm. He also worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign and for the White House.

In January 2004, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a final decision in favor of the Schaghticoke tribe. The state of Connecticut is appealing.

Get the Story:
Group hires lobbyist in efforts to overturn Schaghticokes' recognition (AP 1/23)
Powerful lobbyist to oppose tribe Schaghticoke status at issue (The Waterbury Republican-American 1/23)

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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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