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Eastern Pequots elect five council members

The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut elected five people to the 14-member council during its annual powwow this past weekend.

James A. Cunha Jr. and Agnes Cunha were re-elected. Dawnrae Rocha, Darlene Hamlin and Angie Oliver won the three other seats.

The election was the first since the tribe's two factions reunited after winning recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in June 2002. But the decision was recently vacated, and the BIA was ordered to write a new one. A final answer is expected in September.

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