Nipmuc comment period extended
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended by 30 days the public comment period on the federal recognition petitions of two Nipmuc tribes.

The Clinton administration issued a preliminary finding for the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and one against the Chaubungungamaug Band of Nipmucs. Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb subsequently reversed the positive decision on the Nipmuc Nation.

According to the BIA, the groups are being handled at the same time. The joint Nipmuc recognition record consists of 24,000 pages of documents.

Each group, the state of Massachusetts and others have requested copies of the documentation. According to the BIA, the requests still have not been filled.

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Time extended in Nipmuc recognition bid (The Norwich Bulletin 4/2)

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