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Federal Recognition
BIA ruling on Connecticut tribes expected in September


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is scheduled to issue new rulings on the recognition of two Connecticut tribes by September 12.

The BIA was ordered to prepare new final determinations on the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. The Interior Board of Indian Appeals found that the prior decisions relied too heavily on state recognition of the tribes.

The Schaghticoke tribe is led by Chief Richard Velky. A rival group called the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe claims to be the legitimate tribal government. Two from this faction are facing criminal charges in a dispute with Velky.

Get the Story:
Judge rejects request to stop prosecution of rival tribe members (The Torrington Register Citizen 6/15)

IBIA Decisions:
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation | Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

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Federal Recognition Database V2.0 (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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