Connecticut Attacks Proposed Fed Rec Revisions, Fears Land Claims, Casinos
On the other side of the state, Chief Richard Velky, tribal chair of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, said, “The state has a fiduciary duty to the tribes, based on hundreds of years of relationship. The state has never kept books on lands taken, on their obligations to the tribes, and there is no accountability. The federal government has a job to either accept the tribes as federally recognized or not. We followed what they needed, the federal government should have no problem giving federal recognition.”
Regarding the alarmist position the state has taken, Torres said, “Rather than deploy a strategy that makes people upset, sit down and negotiate. The fear is being stirred up again. Before your hair catches on fire again, why don’t you get the facts straight and stop inciting communities near the reservations.”
Public comments on the revised proposed rules must be received by August 1, 2014, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the number 1076-AF18 in the subject line, or by mail to: Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 4141, Washington, DC 20240. Include the number 1076-AF18 on the envelope.
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