United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in Connecticut

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler welcomes United South and Eastern Tribes to Connecticut. Photo from Facebook

The United South and Eastern Tribes opened their semi-annual meeting today.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is hosting the meeting. Topics on the agenda include the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, the Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process and taxation.

Samuel Lambert, left, and Ernest Panther. Photo from Facebook

After Mashantucket Chairman Rodney Butler welcomed his colleagues from Maine to Florida to his reservation, USET honored two members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from North Carolina. Sam Lambert and Ernest Panther were recognized for their service in the military.

“You are not just veterans of the United States Armed forces. You are valued warriors who have protected our tribal nations’ sovereignty and are honored members of Indian Country. The plaques and blankets are only small tokens of the tireless work and service you have given to Indian Country by promoting veteran affairs,” USET President Brian Patterson said after presenting gifts to the two veterans.

USET's meeting concludes on Wednesday.

Get the Story:
USET's Semi-Annual Meeting Begins; Honors Two Veterans (Indian Country Today 5/18)
Tribal leaders discussing policy, legislative issues at Foxwoods (The Norwich Bulletin 5/18)

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