HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Tribal groups in Connecticut will no longer be able to re-apply for federal recognition. Governor Malloy, along with 2 U.S. Senators, claim this ruling to be a victory for the state.
Malloy says, “These changes ensure that previously denied tribal groups will not get another shot at the apple.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D. Conn.) has been arguing cases like these for years saying, “Tribal groups that fail to meet criteria of continuing existence, political authority, internal organization should not get federal recognition.”
The new ruling also included that it does not guarantee recognition for tribes that are located on reservations. Allowing tribal groups to receive federal recognition does not just raise concern for casino expansions, but for private property and sovereignty concerns. This is due to tribal lands being exempt from states laws.
Senator Chris Murphy (D. Conn.) touches on this topic saying, “When tribes go through process, they put title claims on thousands of acres of property, freezing thousands of houses and businesses from sales for years.”
Comments from the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, and the two other tribes involved in the ruling are being sought out.