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Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation disputes suit over recognition

The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut did not file a lawsuit seeking federal recognition, Chairman Jim Cunha told The New London Day.

The lawsuit was filed by a tribal member without the tribe's consent. Cunha has informed the federal court in Washington, D.C., about the situation.

"Any action taken by attorney James Benny Jones Jr. with regard to the complaint is beyond the scope of his authority," Cunha wrote to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, the Day reported.

James Benny Jones Jr., the tribal member who filed the suit, is an attorney, the paper said.

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