State recognized tribe allowed to sue in Conn.
Tuesday, July 22, 2003

The Connecticut Supreme Court in a unanimous decision upheld the right of a state-recognized tribe to bring suit in state court.

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation brought suit against a rival faction but a lower court dismissed the claim. The Supreme Court said the tribe has standing for a trespass action against the rival.

Last December, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation was denied federal recognition in a preliminary decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Get the Story:
Court Kills Tribe Dispute Decision (The New London Day 7/22)
Tribal Faction Can Sue Rival, Court Rules (AP 7/22)

Get the Decision:
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Harrison (July 21, 2003)

Relevant Links:
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation -

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