Connecticut tribes support Shinnecock recognition
Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are welcoming the Shinnecock Nation as the New York tribe nears federal recognition.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation was recognized by an act of Congress in 1983 and the Mohegan Tribe was recognized through the Bureau of Indian Affairs process in 1994. Both tribes said it's time for the Shinnecock Nation, whose petition has been pending for 30 years, to be considered.

To settle a lawsuit, the BIA agreed to make a preliminary decision on the Shinnecock Nation by December 15. A final decision is expected in mid-2010.

Get the Story:
Tribes mum on Shinnecock casino speculation (The New London Day 6/5)

Recent Court Decision:
Shinnecock Nation v. Kempthorne (September 30, 2008)

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