Judge to consider dismissing lawsuit filed by Schaghticoke Tribe against state

(WTNH)–A judge is considering whether to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation against the state of Connecticut.

The tribe is suing more more than $600 million, saying that the state took 2,000 acres of its land in northwestern Connecticut between 1801 and 1918 and then sold it, but never compensated the tribe.

The state has filed a motion to dismiss based on government immunity.

The tribe, based in Kent, filed the lawsuit in October 2016.

“Simply stated, the state took our land, promised to pay us for the land it took, and then broke its promise,” Schaghticoke chief Richard Velky told the Hartford Courant.

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