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Federal Recognition
State rejoices over denial of Paugussett Tribe

Anti-tribal forces in Connecticut said the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally got it right by denying recognition to the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe.

The BIA issued a final determination against the tribe yesterday. Principal deputy assistant secretary Aurene Martin, who has authority over all recognition matters, said the tribe failed to meet four out of seven mandatory criteria.

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said he would continue fighting the tribe's land claim lawsuits. The cases were on hold pending the BIA's decision.

Get the Story:
BIA rejects Paugussetts (The Norwich Bulletin 6/15)
Golden Hill Tribe Denied Federal Recognition (The Hartford Courant 6/15)
Paugussetts denied recognition, casino hopes dashed (The Stamford Advocate 6/15)
Golden Hill Paugussetts Denied Recognition (The New London Day 6/15)
Connecticut Indians Denied Tribal Status, Dimming 3rd Casino's Chances (The New York Times 6/15)

Relevant Links:
Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe -
Friends of the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe -

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