Federal Recognition

Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition






Leaders of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, from top left: Chair Katherine Sebastian-Dring, Councilor Tyrone Gambrell, Recording Secretary Lynn Powers, Councilor La’Tasha Maddox, Councilor Larry Pemberton, Councilor Joanne Silva Njoka, Vice Chair Brenda Geer, Comptroller Valerie Gambrell. Not Shown- Councilor Angie Oliver, Treasurer Joe Perry. Photo from EPTN

The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has resubmitted a federal recognition petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, The New London Day reports.

In 2005, the BIA denied recognition to the Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut. But the new petition claims to represent the "Historical Eastern Pequot Tribe," the paper reported.

The BIA's Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process otherwise bar previously rejected groups from submitting new petitions.

In 2002, the Eastern Pequots won a favorable decision from the BIA but opposition from the state of Connecticut prompted the Bush administration to reconsider.

Get the Story:
Eastern Pequots resurrect federal recognition bid (The New London Day 6/3)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Final Part 83 Documents:
Final Rule | Policy Guidance | Fact Sheet

Federal Register Notices:
Hearing Process Concerning Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (August 13, 2015)
Requests for Administrative Acknowledgment of Federal Indian Tribes (July 1, 2015)
Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (July 1, 2015)
Hearing and Re-Petition Authorization Processes Concerning Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (June 19, 2014)

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