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Conn. tribal leader challenged
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2001

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation chairman Richard L. Velky is not really Indian and needs to take a DNA test, his opponents and a Connecticut town have told a federal court.

But Velky says he has no problem proving his Indian heritage. He says his opponents are the ones who aren't Indian.

Velky is leading the effort to have the Schaghticoke federally recognized. A rival group wants a different faction called the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe recognized.

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Tribal members challenge chief's heritage (AP 11/19)

Relevant Links:
Branch of Acknowledgment and Research - http://www.doi.gov/bia/ack_res.html

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