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Bill introduced to terminate state tribes

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003

Republican lawmakers in Connecticut have introduced a bill to terminate the state's recognition of three tribes.

House Minority Leader Robert Ward and Rep. John Frey want to create a special commission to handle recognition. It would follow criteria similar to those used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The bill would impact the Eastern Pequot Tribe and the Paucatuck Eastern Tribe, whose federal status is being finalized. It would also affect the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe, which have been denied recognition by the Bush administration.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe have federal status so the bill wouldn't affect them.

Get the Story:
Bill Would Revoke State Tribal Recognition (The New London Day 1/22)

Relevant Links:
General Statutes of Connecticut, Indians - http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2001/pub/Chap824.htm

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