Nipmuc recognition comment period closes
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs has closed the comment period on the federal recognition application of two Nipmuc tribes from Massachusetts.

The Nipmuc Nation and the Chaubungagungamaug Nipmuc face a negative final determination. They submitted additional evidence in hopes of boosting their case.

The Clinton administration had extended preliminary recognition to the Nipmuc Nation but not the Chaubungagungamaug. Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb reversed the Nipmuc Nation decision.

The tribes have 60 days to respond to any comments. Extensions are possible.

Get the Story:
Nipmucs give BIA more information (The New London Day 10/2)
State, towns urge BIA to deny Nipmuc recognition (The Norwich Bulletin 10/2)
Eastern Pequot appeal gains little support locally (The Norwich Bulletin 10/2)

Relevant Documents:
Connecticut Attorney General Press Release (10/1) | Connecticut Attorney General Brief (9/30)

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