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Federal Recognition
Something happening on land sparks fear of tribe

"Something" is happening on land that some believe is owned by the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts.

The land, near the Connecticut/Massachusetts state line, was cleared in recent weeks. A local town leader speculated the action means the tribe expects to gain recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In January 2001, the tribe was granted recognition in one of the final actions of the Clinton administration. But after a review, the Bush administration said the tribe wasn't qualified for federal status. The tribe was given a chance to submit additional comments and information.

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Activity on Nipmuc land worries some (The Norwich Bulletin 1/11)

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