Christina Rose
The Eastern Pequot Reservation is 224 acres, of which only about 25 percent is suitable for housing.

Connecticut Attacks Proposed Fed Rec Revisions, Fears Land Claims, Casinos

Christina Rose

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.”

According to Richard Velky, the State of Connecticut has never honored the rights of the tribes. (Richard Velky)

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 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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sthibodeau's picture
Submitted by sthibodeau on
It baffles me that people are trying to create different Tribes....They were all one Pequot Tribe, and disbanding has been the result of their potential demise. They should all join as one Tribe and prosper together! Also, to be a Tribe should not be about starting a casino and becoming wealthy, if that is the sole purpose, then you have already failed. Also, the state should not be arguing since the state is responsible for the separations, and attempt at depleting Native culture. Taxes should be paid to the Tribes, fair enough.

Justice11's picture
Submitted by Justice11 on
Federal Recognition was sought before casino's came about. It's not about a casino. The state of Connecticut allowed GAMING REMEMBER. Now they want to blame tribes for their OWN GREED. The 3rd Party Veto violates the Constitutional rights of those Tribes affected…. Tribes that have been recognized by the State of Connecticut for almost 300 years….Tribes that were once recognized through a long and expensive process. If this amendment is left standing; it will seize the decision making power of Federal Recognition from the BIA and Congress. Connecticut choose to spend the $$$ to protect their poorly made compact with CT's other Tribes. Should a Reversed Positive stand because of Connecticut’s GREED? Tribes who played by the rules, and followed the law; should they lose their history, their identity, their language, and their right to govern themselves? One word………… GREED? Again back door deals, visits to the White House, including phone calls to the BIA. The process is supposed to be “free from politics.” Don’t let Connecticut politicians dirty the process again. 3rd Party Veto will spread throughout Indian Country, it WILL NOT STOP here. Senator Blumenthal said he wants to do more. This is not about casino’s……… assimilation, genocide and racism are still very much alive in Connecticut. Take a stand. Make your voice heard. Support the RESTORATION of Federal Recognition regarding Connecticut’s Tribes.