Federal Recognition

Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid






Schaghticoke Mountain on the Schaghticoke Reservation in Connecticut. Photo by Morrow Long via Flickr

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is telling the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe to bolster its federal recognition petition.

The tribe submitted a letter of intent in May 2001. Additional documents were submitted just last month but the BIA said the petition, so far, remains incomplete, The Connecticut Mirror reported.

"The Department finds that your recent submission of material, together with the documents that you previously submitted, do not meet the requirements for a documented petition," R. Lee Fleming, the director of the BIA's Office of Federal Acknowledgment wrote in a letter posted by The Mirror.

Fleming noted that the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is not the same group as the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. The latter was denied federal recognition during the Obama administration after heated opposition from Connecticut.

State law recognizes the Schaghticoke as an "indigenous" tribe with "self-governing" rights. The state also recognizes the Schaghticoke Reservation as being held in trust for the Schaghticoke Tribe.

Get the Story:
BIA says Schaghticoke petition is lacking (The Connecticut Mirror 6/9)
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe Revives Federal Recognition Effort (The Hartford Courant 6/8)
Connecticut tribe says it has made federal bid, hopes for casino (The Connecticut Mirror 6/5)

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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