Home > News > More Headlines > Conn. tribe loses second shot at federal status
Printer friendly version
Conn. tribe loses second shot at federal status
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003

The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday announced plans to deny recognition to a Connecticut tribe whose earlier attempt to gain federal status was thwarted, and then revived, by the Clinton administration.

Aurene Martin, the acting assistant secretary for Indian affairs, said the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe of Connecticut failed to satisfy the criteria for recognition. Government researchers found a lack of evidence in three out of seven categories, including descent from an historic Indian nation, political influence and continuous existence.

"Since 1823, the evidence shows that the historical Golden Hill Indians ceased to exist as a distinct community," a statement released by the BIA said.

The decision, which is only preliminary, is the second blow the BIA has delivered to the state-recognized tribe. In 1996, former assistant secretary Ada Deer rejected the tribe's petition, citing the genealogical issue.

But three years later, the tribe was given another chance to prove its case. The record was reopened to fully address what Quiet Hawk, the Paugussett chief otherwise known as Aurelius H. Piper Jr., yesterday said was 350 years of history.

"This is disappointing," he said yesterday, "but we will move to fully address the technical question cited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs."

More welcoming was Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, who has opposed tribes on a number of issues. "This decision is a victory for the public interest, upholding the law and facts, and reaffirming the BIA's 1996 final determination denying recognition to the Golden Hill group," he said. "As we have consistently contended, this petition fails to meet several key mandatory criteria established by law for federal recognition."

The 300-member Paugussett Tribe, which has a one-quarter acre reservation, is one of several in Connecticut that has sought federal recognition and the benefits, such as housing and health care, associated with that status. State law affords most attributes of self-determination, such as freedom from taxation and the right to determine membership, but Republicans are moving to repeal it.

The tribe has been up front about its plans to build a casino in economically-depressed Bridgeport, whose officials have welcomed the idea and whose residents have started a support group. Without federal status, though, gaming is impossible.

Also at stake are claims to as much as 10,000 acres of land in southern New England. Those lawsuits were put on hold pending the outcome of the recognition question and are likely to be dismissed once the BIA decision is final.

Document fully explaining the BIA's reasoning were not available yesterday. The BIA will publish a notice of its decision in the Federal Register within the coming days, triggering 180 days of public comment, to be followed by two-month period during which the tribe can make additional arguments and respond to issues raised.

"We've always perceived this not to be the end of the road," said Michael O'Connell, an attorney for the tribe, "but rather one of the steps in the long road."

Relevant Links:
Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe - http://paugussett.itgo.com
Friends of the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe - http://www.paugussetts.com

Related Stories:
BIA declines recognition of Paugussett Tribe (1/21)
BIA to issue decision on Paugussett recognition (1/21)
State recognized tribe inks casino deal (12/20)
Conn. lawmaker wants recognition revoked (12/12)
Bill would terminate state tribes (12/11)
Conn. city will negotiate with tribe (12/03)
Conn. tribe awaits recognition decision (11/11)
Conn. tribe gets support on casino (11/7)
Support plenty for tribal casino (10/17)
Conn. tribe withdraws casino deal (10/16)
Conn. tribe disputes casino study (09/27)
Tribe threatens land claims over casino (9/19)
Conn. tribe would settle land claim (8/12)
Conn. tribe pins hopes on casino (7/19)
Friends of tribe rally for casino (7/18)
Survey finds support for tribal casino (5/13)
Rival Paugussett group locked out (4/30)
Mohegan official doubts recognitions (1/30)
Recognition hearing next week (1/29)
Editorial: Praise on recognition push (1/28)
Hearings on recognition bill planned (1/16)
Man claims true leader of Conn. tribe (1/14)

Copyright © Indianz.Com

Stay Connected

On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud

More Headlines

Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over shutdown (4/28)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves eight bills at meeting (4/28)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe to debut justice center (4/28)
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne official fired from tribal job (4/28)
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (4/28)
Editorial: Native Sun News endorses Hillary Clinton for president (4/28)
Cronkite News: EPA slammed for response to Gold King Mine spill (4/28)
Steve Russell: Donald Trump advisor accuses tribes of terror plot (4/28)
Alex Jacobs: Hillary Clinton must answer to role in Honduras coup (4/28)
Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains (4/28)
Santee Sioux Tribe hosts task force to address substance abuse (4/28)
Huge crowds flock to New Mexico for annual Gathering of Nations (4/28)
Muckleshoot Tribe to host $50K 'Gold Cup' for Indian relay racing (4/28)
Member of Puyallup Tribe develops 'Teepee' tribal directory app (4/28)
Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentence (4/28)
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe enters gaming agreement with Mohegan Tribe (4/28)
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees casino as a path to self-sufficiency (4/28)
Forest County Potawatomi Tribe announces another hire at casino (4/28)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes rejection of rival casino bid (4/28)
Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans (4/27)
Amanda Blackhorse to deliver commencement speech at Haskell (4/27)
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe aims to stop pipeline (4/27)
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge artist gains national recognition (4/27)
Brandon Ecoffey: 'Bull Dawg' represents the Oglala Lakota Nation (4/27)
Mark Trahant: Tribes endorse Native candidates for US Congress (4/27)
John Thune: Tribal citizens suffer with Indian Health Service care (4/27)
Cronkite News: Tribes support more protections at Grand Canyon (4/27)
Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment (4/27)
Vernice Moncooyea Willis: Bernie Sanders deserves our support (4/27)
Jennifer Denetdale: University must stop celebrating genocide (4/27)
Eastern Cherokee group hails Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act (4/27)
Leader of Fort Peck Tribes blames baby's death on drug abuse (4/27)
Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinic (4/27)
Former comptroller of Crow Tribe accused of embezzling $28K (4/27)
Congress set to pass bill to declare bison as national mammal (4/27)
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moving closer to nominations (4/27)
Fond du Lac Band won't confirm plan for site adjacent to casino (4/27)
Graton Rancheria on track to complete $175M casino expansion (4/27)
Pokagon Band to debut casino expansion project by end of year (4/27)
Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017 (4/27)
Oregon Lottery official fired as Lewis and Clark ads come down (4/27)
Still no answer from US Supreme Court in tribal jurisdiction case (4/26)
Pine Ridge man sentenced for burning down ex-partner's trailer (4/26)
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative secures $190K grant (4/26)
Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear Butte (4/26)
Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal (4/26)
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to children (4/26)
Ruth Hopkins: Kardashians glorify stereotypes of Native women (4/26)
Vernon Masayesva: Peabody can't leave Hopi Tribe with big mess (4/26)
Peter d'Errico: UN forum can't forget about Doctrine of Discovery (4/26)
Youth from Coushatta Tribe hail policy change for eagle feathers (4/26)
Washington team asks Supreme Court to hear trademark appeal (4/26)
Pit River Tribe claims victory in long-running sacred site dispute (4/26)
Lummi Nation expects answer on treaty challenge to coal project (4/26)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Army Corps to discuss oil pipeline (4/26)
more headlines...

Advertisement

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.