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Mohegan Tribe returns former chairman to top leadership post (10/19)
Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum is once again serving as chairman of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. Bozsum ran the tribe from 2005 to 2009. He began serving as vice chairman in 2009 after Lynn Malerba took over. Now that Malerba...

Mohegan and Pequot tribes hold elections for council positions (10/15)
Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are holding elections to fill seats on their councils. The Mohegan Tribe needs to fill one position on the council due to the resignation of Lynn Malerba, who now serves as lifetime chief. According to...

Supreme Court won't take on Schaghticoke recognition dispute (10/06)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the federal recognition lawsuit of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The Bureau of Indian Affairs initially backed the tribe by relying, in part, on the state's continuous recognition of the...

Judge orders former Mashantucket Pequot chairman to pay debt (09/29)
A judge in Connecticut ordered the former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to pay more than $6.5 million to a bank. Michael Thomas defaulted on a $5.2 million line of credit from Sovereign Bank. The judge ordered him...

Column: Schaghticoke Tribal Nation going strong after 400 years (09/27)
"Don't you hate it when, after 400 years, you still can't quite complete the genocide? Consider the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Shouldn't they be wiped out, finally, if for no other reason than the inconvenience they present to your average speller?...

Mohegan Tribe names acting chairman in preparation for election (08/25)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will hold a special election in October to choose a new member of the council. The council needs a new member to replace Lynn Malerba. She was serving as chairman until she was tapped to...

History: Excavation of Pequot massacre site keeps memory alive (08/17)
"When Connecticut settlers decided to wage war on the Pequot Indians in 1637, they were ruthless in their quest for revenge. The Pequots had already been blamed for the deaths of two English traders, John Stone and John Oldham, and...

BIA approves Mashantucket Pequot land-into-trust application (08/13)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The tribe filed the application for the one-acre parcel several years ago, a spokesperson said. It sits adjacent to the reservation. The...

Mashantucket Tribe receives grant to start breast cancer program (08/05)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has received a grant for a breast cancer education and prevention program. The $35,325 grant came from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The tribe will use the money for education...

Former Mashantucket chairman in court for default on bank loan (07/29)
Michael Thomas, the former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, is being sued in state court for allegedly defaulting on a bank loan. Thomas was offered an unsecured $1 million line of credit from Sovereign Bank. The...

Judge urges quick resolution of Shinnecock recognition challenge (07/22)
A federal judge urged the Interior Department to expedite a challenge to the federal recognition of Shinnecock Nation of New York. Judge Joseph Bianco said he doesn't have jurisdiction to address the last-minute objections to the tribe's status. But he...

Supreme Court asked to hear Schaghticoke recognition lawsuit (06/29)
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its federal recognition lawsuit. The Bureau of Indian Affairs initially backed the tribe by relying, in part, on the state's continuous recognition of the Schaghticokes. The...

Blog: Mohegan Tribe 'scalps' the poor and gets federal loan (06/18)
"Corrupt Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd lends $54 million of your tax dollars to the Mohegans, who had $1.3 billion in revenues from their casino in 2009. The stimulus money is a loan from a U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development...

Editorial: Yale defies world by refusing to repatriate artifacts (06/15)
"Yale University is a great institution. But its reputation suffers the longer it holds on to thousands of artifacts — including mummies, jewelry and art — dug up a century ago by Yale scholar Hiram Bingham at the Incan ruins...

Mashantucket man sentenced to 21 months over wire fraud (06/15)
Christopher Pearson, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after being convicted of wire fraud. Prosecutors said Pearson, 51, defrauded people out of $280,000 by telling them they were...

Mohegan Tribe to use federal loan to build government center (06/09)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will use a $74 million federal loan package to build a community and government center. The multi-level facility will include offices for the tribal council and the elders council, and it will house several...

Grace: Mohegan chairwoman transitions to tribal chief post (06/02)
"Lynn Malerba had a "little" announcement for her best friend over dinner recently. She had just been selected as the next chief for life of the Mohegan Tribe. "She told me so nonchalantly," says Donna Prue. "She lays it...

Column: Why does 'Wealthy' Mohegan Tribe get $54M loan? (06/02)
"It turns out that, for the purpose of funneling $54 million in federal stimulus money to the sovereign Mohegan Indians, you have to first define the tribe's reservation, which, on a slow day attracts tens of thousands of people, arriving...

Indian veterans slam Senate hopeful for Vietnam War claims (05/21)
Indian veterans told Indian Country Today they are offended by the false Vietnam War service claims of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe to tribes. “He was lying,” said Jim Overman, 77, a member of...

Sentencing put off for Mashantucket man in wire fraud case (05/20)
A federal judge said he needs more time to consider a sentence for a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut who was convicted of fraud. Christopher M. Pearson was found guilty of eight counts of wire fraud....

Senate hopeful made recent claim about serving in Vietnam (05/19)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe in Indian Country, claimed as recently as a few weeks ago that he had served in Vietnam, The New York Times reports. Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate,...

Senate candidate, a critic of tribes, never served in Vietnam (05/18)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe in Indian Country, never served in Vietnam despite having claimed otherwise, The New York Times reports. Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, acknowledged he was wrong to...

Former Pequot leader wins award from law student group (04/02)
Kenneth Reels, a former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, received the Thurgood Marshall Award from Quinnipiac University’s Black Law Student Association. Reels was selected as someone who exemplifies the values of equality and civil rights...

Editorial: Women play important role in Mohegan Tribe (03/08)
"Women have always played an important role in the Mohegan Tribe. So news last week that Lynn Malerba will be inducted as the Mohegan's new chief for life later this year really shouldn't have come as such a surprise....

Malerba makes history as new chief of Mohegan Tribe (03/05)
Lynn Malerba made history last year when she became the first woman to serve as chairman of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. Malerba, 59, is making history again as the first woman to serve as chief of the tribe...

Mohegan Tribe chooses first woman chief since 1600s (03/04)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has named Lynn Malerba as its chief. Malerba is the 17th chief of the tribe. She is the first woman named to the post since the 1600s, The New London Day reported. Malerba was...

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation launches web site (02/26)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut finally has its own web site. Treasurer James Jackson told The New London Day that the tribe "has been a little behind the times in developing a strong Web presence for itself."...

Inupiat youth on cultural exchange in Connecticut (02/18)
Two young people from the Inupiat village of Point Lay, Alaska, are on a cultural exchange with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Leslie Stalker, 22, and Janelle Young, 16, and their chaperone are...

Mohegan Tribe to donate $50K to development fund (01/28)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will contribute $50,000 to the Sachem Fund this year. The tribe originally pledged $200,000 a year for five years. But the tribe reduced its contribution as it weathered the national recession. The fund is used...

Senate hopeful, seen as anti-tribal, promises to listen (01/26)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe in Indian Country, says he will "listen – and I really mean listen carefully and thoroughly" to tribes if he were elected to the U.S. Senate. Blumenthal has fought...

Column: New Mashantucket leader an agent of change (01/13)
"It's true that Rodney Butler, the new chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, bears an almost uncanny resemblance to Barack Obama. There is the affable and engaging smile, the lanky frame and, yes, the prominent ears. Some people complained...

Tribal foe from Connecticut a possible Senate hopeful (01/06)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), a noted critic of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and of federal Indian policy, could launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate in the wake of the retirement of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut), according...

Mashantucket Tribe hosts party for needy children (12/15)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut held its 9th annual holiday party for needy children and their families. The tribe invites children from agencies of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut to attend the event. "This holiday party is...

Column: Lynn Malerba makes history for Mohegans (12/14)
"When Lynn Malerba was elected the first female chairwoman of the Mohegan Tribe two months ago, her mother Loretta Roberge offered some advice. "All I said is, 'As long as you remain honest, keep your feet on the ground...

Editorial: A new chairman for Mashancuket Tribe (11/03)
"Congratulations to Rodney A. Butler, the chairman-elect of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. A six-year incumbent and current treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, Mr. Butler is getting a promotion but also inheriting tremendous responsibilities, including overseeing the Mashantuckets'...

New chair for Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (11/02)
Rodney Butler has been named the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. Butler, 32, has served on the tribal council for two terms. Most recently, he held the post of treasurer and he will be putting...

Museum opens Native cancer survivors exhibit (10/29)
A new exhibit at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut features Native cancer survivors. "Strength and Courage: Stories of Native American Cancer Survivors" appears to be the first of its kind. It features interviews of eight...

Mashantucket officer attacked at burial grounds (10/29)
Authorities in Connecticut are looking for a man suspected of attacking a police officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The incident occurred Wednesday night at the tribe's burial grounds. Tribal police said they lost contact with the officer and...

Mohegan Tribe cuts contribution to Sachem Fund (10/22)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has reduced its annual contribution to a fund it created with the city of Norwich. The tribe and the city announced the Sachem Fund in 2007. The tribe promised to donate $2 million over five...

Court rejects Schaghticoke recognition appeal (10/20)
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals won't give the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut another shot at federal recognition. The tribe accused state and local officials of exerting "improper political influence" on the Bush administration. But the court said tribe...

Towns in Connecticut fight land-into-trust fix (10/14)
Three towns in Connecticut that have fought tribes on a number of issues are opposing a bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Ledyard, North Stonington and Preston asked Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) and Sen....

Pequots sued by tribe over medical claims (10/07)
The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona is suing the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut over an estimated $6 million in medical claims. The Apaches hired Pequot Plus Health Benefit Services to administer third-party medical claims for tribal employees....

First woman chosen to lead Mohegan Tribe (10/06)
After winning the most votes in a recent election, Lynn Malerba has been chosen as the first woman leader of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. Malerba, 56, will serve as chair for four years. She paid tribute to the...

Western Shoshone professor joins Yale faculty (09/23)
Ned Blackhawk, a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, is the second American Indian professor at Yale University in Connecticut. Blackhawk is a history professor in the History and American Studies Department. He most recently taught at...

Column: Make Pequot chair 'disappear' forever (09/16)
"It's a good thing the fabled magician David Copperfield will be visiting the Mashantucket Pequots' MGM Grand next month. Maybe he can help them make Michael Thomas, their disgraced tribal chairman, disappear for good. The Tribal Council has Thomas in...

Mashantucket chairman 'in limbo' after meeting (09/11)
The embattled leader of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut remains in office after telling council members he wouldn't resign, The New London Day reports. Chairman Michael Thomas could have been expelled at a council meeting yesterday. But fellow...

Mashantucket leader seeks support amid crisis (09/09)
The embattled leader of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation could be removed from his job as early as Thursday, The New London Day reports. Chairman Michael Thomas was placed on administrative leave after he revealed information about the tribe's...

Four incumbents re-elected to Mohegan council (08/31)
Four out of five incumbents were re-elected to the council of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Vice Chairwoman Lynn Malerba, Treasurer William Quidgeon Jr. and council member James Gessner Jr. were re-elected. Newcomer Kathy Regan-Pyne...

Mashantucket Tribe in 'dire' financial condition (08/26)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is in "dire financial times," Chairman Michael Thomas said in a letter to members. But Thomas said the tribe won't be making further cuts in tribal employment or further reducing "incentive" payments to...

Mohegan Tribe scales down cultural festival (08/12)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut hosts the annual Mohegan Wigwam Festival on Saturday. The event usually lasts two days but the tribe scaled it back in response to the economy. ”Everyone has cut back a little,” historian Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel...

Eastern Pequot leader hopes for recognition (08/10)
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut still hopes to gain federal recognition, newly elected chairman Jim Cunha said. The Bush administration issued a decision in the tribe's favor but it was reversed after an appeal from the state. So...

Worker injured in second incident at Mohegan site (07/09)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has once again returned to Connecticut to investigate another incident at a Mohegan Tribe work site. The unidentified ironworker fell at the tribe's administration building. He remained hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. In May, OSHA...

Mashantucket Tribe plans smaller powwow (06/09)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to hold a smaller powwow this August after canceling Schemitzun, one of the largest inter-tribal gatherings in the U.S. The powwow will be held at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research...

Citing economy, Mashantucket Tribe cancels powwow (06/08)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has canceled Schemitzun, its annual powwow and festival. Schemitzun is the largest tribal event on the East Coast, attracting thousands of dancers, drum groups, artisans and spectators. But the tribe said the cost...

Connecticut tribes support Shinnecock recognition (06/05)
Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are welcoming the Shinnecock Nation as the New York tribe nears federal recognition. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation was recognized by an act of Congress in 1983 and the Mohegan Tribe was recognized through the...

Construction worker dies after fall at Mohegan site (05/21)
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a construction worker. Dick Blake, 59, was working on a tribal building when he fell. The tribe said he later died at a...

Editorial: Revisit fund started by Mohegan Tribe (05/07)
"Call it a recession lesson: Less is better than nothing. That's the case in Norwich, where the local stimulus package goes by the name Sachem Fund. Unfortunately, hard economic times are requiring a big reduction in the promised allotment. The...

Column: Pequot chair cites bribery over bank debt (04/13)
"Was Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Michael Thomas offered a bribe, in the form of an unsecured $1 million line of credit, by Sovereign Bank, as it courted the tribe's lucrative casino banking business five years ago? This is what...

Mohegan woman serves as Cherry Blossom princess (04/06)
Liz Malerba, a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, served as a princess for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Malerba, 25, who works for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D), took etiquette classes and had to adhere...

Pequot firefighters organize union under tribal law (03/06)
Firefighters employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut voted unanimously to organize into a union. The vote was the first to take place completely under tribal law. The tribe said it looked forward to negotiating a bargaining agreement...