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Mashantucket Tribe expresses interest in growing industrial hempFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Mashantucket Tribe expresses interest in growing industrial hemp (April 24, 2017)
Hemp production represents a way for the Connecticut tribe to diversify its economy.
Mohegan Tribe wins approval to develop site of former hospitalFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe wins approval to develop site of former hospital (April 19, 2017)
The tribe plans to invest up to $600 million on a large entertainment, retail and housing complex in Norwich, Connecticut.
Mohegan Tribe enters partnership with celebrity barbecue chefFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe enters partnership with celebrity barbecue chef (March 29, 2017)
The Connecticut-based tribe continues efforts to diversify its economy.
Mashantucket Tribe wins approval of land-into-trust applicationFiled Under: Trust
Mashantucket Tribe wins approval of land-into-trust application (March 20, 2017)
The one-acre parcel will be used for housing on the Connecticut reservation.
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in ConnecticutFiled Under: Law | Federal Recognition
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut (October 14, 2016)
The tribe is seeking $610 million in damages for stolen lands and mismanagement of its lands and trust fund.
Native students condemn 'racist' images used in official program at Yale UniversityFiled Under: Education | National | Sports
Native students condemn 'racist' images used in official program at Yale University (October 12, 2016)
Officials at the Ivy League institution apologized for the use of the stereotypical imagery.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation prepares for annual powwowFiled Under: National
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation prepares for annual powwow (August 16, 2016)
Schemitzun, the Feast of Green Corn and Dance, takes place August 27-28 on the Connecticut tribe's reservation.
Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interestsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interests (June 27, 2016)
A land-into-trust application that drew controversy long before Carcieri reached the U.S. Supreme Court is at issue.
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bidFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid (June 10, 2016)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the Connecticut group's petition remains incomplete.
Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitionsFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitions (June 8, 2016)
A letter was sent to two tribes in Connecticut after one of the submitted a new petition for federal recognition.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petitionFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition (June 3, 2016)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs previously denied recognition to two Eastern Pequot groups but the new petition was filed under a different name.
Mohegan Tribe reaches deal to develop site of former hospitalFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe reaches deal to develop site of former hospital (May 13, 2016)
The tribe plans to invest up to $600 million in a project that would include office space, retail locations, entertainment options and possibly housing.
Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdingsFiled Under: Business | Technology
Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdings (April 22, 2016)
The tribe is actively engaged in new business ventures in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
High school pep squads in Connecticut eliminate 'Indian' imageryFiled Under: Education
High school pep squads in Connecticut eliminate 'Indian' imagery (February 2, 2016)
The names of the pep clubs -- 'The Rez' and 'The Tribe' -- persisted even though the schools got rid of their 'Indian' mascots.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation defends hiring of ex-chairmanFiled Under: Law
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation defends hiring of ex-chairman (January 25, 2016)
Michael Thomas was convicted of stealing from the tribe and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode IslandFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode Island (January 20, 2016)
The tribe plans to open up to 16 locations of the popular burger chain in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East CoastFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East Coast (January 12, 2016)
IFAM EAST will take place May 21-22 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut.
Police officers for Mashantucket Tribe begin using body camerasFiled Under: Law | National
Police officers for Mashantucket Tribe begin using body cameras (January 5, 2016)
The 27 officers began using the TASER body camera system on New Year's Eve.
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issuesFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues (December 8, 2015)
United South and Eastern Tribes President Brian Patterson testified against the Tribal Recognition Act, a bill that strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
Alice Soscia: Connecticut tribes share wealth with communityFiled Under: Opinion
Alice Soscia: Connecticut tribes share wealth with community (November 30, 2015)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Council are making headlines for their efforts to build a new casino and preserve Connecticut jobs, but at United Way, we know them as some of our most dedicated community partners.
New England tribes concerned about multi-state gas pipelineFiled Under: Environment
New England tribes concerned about multi-state gas pipeline (November 12, 2015)
The tribes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island want to make sure ceremonial stone landscapes are not damaged or destroyed.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation elects leadership at meetingFiled Under: Politics
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation elects leadership at meeting (November 2, 2015)
Chairman Rodney Butler was elected to a fifth consecutive term on the council and to a third term as chairman.
Mohegan Tribe swears in four council members following electionFiled Under: Politics
Mohegan Tribe swears in four council members following election (October 7, 2015)
Incumbents Mark Brown, Thayne Hutchins Jr. and Cheryl Todd are being joined by newcomer Joe Smith. All will serve four-year terms.
Chairman of Mashantucket Tribe seeks another term on councilFiled Under: Politics
Chairman of Mashantucket Tribe seeks another term on council (October 2, 2015)
Rodney Butler has led the tribe for the last five years and is seeking a fifth consecutive term on the council.
Editorial: Otoe-Missouria Tribe's lending operation is a 'scam'Filed Under: Business | Law | Opinion | Technology
Editorial: Otoe-Missouria Tribe's lending operation is a 'scam' (September 14, 2015)
Tribal sovereignty is a limited right to self-government; it is not a right to intrude on another state's right to govern itself.
Mohegan Tribe elects incumbents and newcomer for councilFiled Under: Politics
Mohegan Tribe elects incumbents and newcomer for council (September 2, 2015)
Three incumbents and one newcomer won seats on the council.
Mohegan Tribe welcomes visitors to new sub shop in ConnecticutFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe welcomes visitors to new sub shop in Connecticut (August 26, 2015)
The tribe will be opening 10 more locations of Jersey Mike's Subs in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Three incumbents seek re-election for council of Mohegan Tribe  Filed Under: Politics
Three incumbents seek re-election for council of Mohegan Tribe (August 20, 2015)
The tribe typically does not disclose much about its elections.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation won't drop federal recognition bidFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation won't drop federal recognition bid (July 27, 2015)
The tribe won favorable decisions during the favorable decisions during the Clinton and Bush administrations but saw defeat after an appeal from the state of Connecticut.
Mashantucket Tribe breaks ground on affordable housing projectFiled Under: National
Mashantucket Tribe breaks ground on affordable housing project (July 9, 2015)
The tribe is financing the development with the sale of some of its off-reservation properties.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation opposes BIA's federal recognition ruleFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation opposes BIA's federal recognition rule (July 7, 2015)
The final regulation prevents the Connecticut tribe from resubmitting a new petition for recognition.
Editorial: Connecticut wins with BIA's federal recognition reformsFiled Under: Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Connecticut wins with BIA's federal recognition reforms (July 6, 2015)
Sometimes relentless political pressure can make something good happen in Washington.
Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognition (June 30, 2015)
Lobbyists for the Morongo Band of California and aides to Sen. Patrick Murphy (D-Connecticut) argued against a prior version of the rule.
United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in ConnecticutFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in Connecticut (May 18, 2015)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is hosting the semi-annual meeting on its reservation.
Stanley Heller: Still a ways to go on mascots in ConnecticutFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Stanley Heller: Still a ways to go on mascots in Connecticut (May 11, 2015)
There’s been some small progress in Connecticut in getting rid of Indian mascots, but not enough.
Mashantucket Tribe sued over 'transition pay' for ex-councilorFiled Under: Law | Politics
Mashantucket Tribe sued over 'transition pay' for ex-councilor (May 4, 2015)
Charlene Jones is claiming she is owed twelve weeks of pay after losing her 2009 re-election bid.
Column: Tribes fought English settlers in bloody King Philip's WarFiled Under: Opinion
Column: Tribes fought English settlers in bloody King Philip's War (May 1, 2015)
King Philip’s traditional hunting and farming ground was declining, and his young men were restless and uncertain about the future. King Philip justifiably feared poverty for his people.
Opinion: Connecticut takes wrong approach with tribal lendersFiled Under: Business | Law | Opinion
Opinion: Connecticut takes wrong approach with tribal lenders (April 30, 2015)
While payday lending is technically illegal in Connecticut, Federally-recognized Native American tribes and their elected representatives are immune from Connecticut process and suit.
Editorial: States need help dealing with newly recognized tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: States need help dealing with newly recognized tribes (April 27, 2015)
Of the Obama administration approves new federal tribal recognition rules, the administration and Congress had better help states deal with the consequences.
BIA submits federal recognition rule to White House for reviewFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
BIA submits federal recognition rule to White House for review (April 21, 2015)
The Part 83 reforms could be published in the Federal Register any day now.
Mohegan Tribe supports re-election of Sen. Richard BlumenthalFiled Under: Law | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Mohegan Tribe supports re-election of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (April 20, 2015)
The Democrat garnered a reputation as an Indian fighter during his tenure as attorney general in Connecticut.
Mohegan Tribe announces another entry into restaurant industryFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe announces another entry into restaurant industry (April 14, 2015)
The tribe will open a new location of a gourmet food company on the reservation and will consider other locations.
Connecticut tribes support state's efforts against online lendersFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Connecticut tribes support state's efforts against online lenders (April 14, 2015)
The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes are siding with the state against a fellow tribe from Oklahoma.
Editorial: Tribal online lending operations deserve state scrutinyFiled Under: Business | Law | Opinion
Editorial: Tribal online lending operations deserve state scrutiny (April 13, 2015)
The real lenders, the ones who are raking in the incredible profits, are unscrupulous lenders with no claim to sovereignty.
Otoe-Missouria Tribe wages campaign to protect online lendingFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Technology
Otoe-Missouria Tribe wages campaign to protect online lending (April 7, 2015)
A group called Institute for Liberty launched Native Kids First after the state of Connecticut went after the tribe's lending operation.
Lawmakers want BIA to delay new federal recognition reformsFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Lawmakers want BIA to delay new federal recognition reforms (March 27, 2015)
The rules have been in development for more than two years but the lawmakers say more time is needed.
BIA expected to finalize changes to federal recognition processFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
BIA expected to finalize changes to federal recognition process (March 24, 2015)
The rules have been in development for nearly two years.
Education Department cites increase in Indian graduation rateFiled Under: Education | National
Education Department cites increase in Indian graduation rate (March 16, 2015)
During the 2012-2013 school year, 69.7 percent of Indian students finished high school, an improvement from the two years prior.
Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe disputes fine in lending disputeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe disputes fine in lending dispute (March 12, 2015)
Chairman John Shotton is accusing officials in Connecticut of violating his civil rights.
Stanley Heller: Help eliminate an Indian mascot in ConnecticutFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Stanley Heller: Help eliminate an Indian mascot in Connecticut (March 4, 2015)
Honor the memory of the tribes? Give me a break. Mascots are chosen to be fierce or funny or exotic.
Opinion: Find common ground on Indian mascots in ConnecticutFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Opinion: Find common ground on Indian mascots in Connecticut (February 27, 2015)
As an historian, I know this history well and am often amazed at how many of our citizens don’t understand or acknowledge that this, along with the history of slavery, are some of the darkest moments in our nation’s past.
Mohegan Tribe enters another deal for restaurant franchisesFiled Under: Business
Mohegan Tribe enters another deal for restaurant franchises (February 19, 2015)
The tribe will be opening 10 locations of Jersey Mike's Subs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Judge orders self-proclaimed 'shaman' back to custody in TexasFiled Under: Law
Judge orders self-proclaimed 'shaman' back to custody in Texas (January 29, 2015)
Iron Thunderhorse claims he walked all the way to Connecticut to be with his 'ancestors.'
Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting tribesFiled Under: Law
Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting tribes (January 13, 2015)
Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law.
Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe fined for online loan operationFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe fined for online loan operation (January 7, 2015)
Chairman John Shotton was fined $700,000 and two tribal entities were fined $800,000.
Mashantucket Tribe names leader for museum currently on hiatusFiled Under: Education
Mashantucket Tribe names leader for museum currently on hiatus (January 7, 2015)
The $193 million facility is closed for the winter season, a first since 1998.
Appeals court dismisses Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's land claimFiled Under: Law | Federal Recognition
Appeals court dismisses Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's land claim (December 22, 2014)
The tribe claimed that parts of its reservation were sold without federal approval.
Self-proclaimed 'shaman' left custody and walked to ConnecticutFiled Under: Law
Self-proclaimed 'shaman' left custody and walked to Connecticut (December 4, 2014)
Iron Thunderhorse, who claims to be Quinnipiac, walked away from a halfway house where he was serving a 99-year sentence.
Editorial: Help needed to keep Mashantucket Tribe museum openFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Editorial: Help needed to keep Mashantucket Tribe museum open (December 4, 2014)
Newspaper calls on non-profits to help the tribe keep its state-of-the-art facility up and running.
Mashantucket Tribe to keep museum shuttered until May 2015Filed Under: Education | National
Mashantucket Tribe to keep museum shuttered until May 2015 (December 2, 2014)
The seasonal closure is a first for the $193 million facility.

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