Towns say Pequot Tribes not Pequot
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In addition to 1,500 pages of documents they submitted earlier this week, three Connecticut towns on Thursday sent a report to the Bureau of Indian Affairs challenging the federal recognition of two Pequot tribes.

Among other claims, the 380-page report submitted by Ledyard, Preston and North Stonington says the current membership of the Eastern Pequot Tribe and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Tribe does not descend from the historic Eastern Pequot Tribe.

Historical descendancy is one of the seven mandatory criteria a petitioning group must satisfy in order to qualify for federal recognition.

BIA researchers have previously criticized genealogical evidence submitted by the towns. Virginia DeMarce last year called a report authored by James Lynch unreliable and so riddled with errors that she could not rely on it.

Get the Story:
Blumenthal files challenge against recognition of tribes (The New London Day 8/3)

Today on Indianz.Com:
State: Pequot Tribes aren't real (8/3)

Get Recognition Documents:
Eastern Pequot | Paucatuck Eastern Pequot

Relevant Links:
Branch of Acknowledgment and Research -
Ledyard -
North Stonington -
Preston -

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