New Rule Says NO New Indian Casinos Likely in Connecticut
According to the News-Times, under a new rule proposed by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, it looks like tribes that have applied in the past for recognition in order to apply for a casino license most likely will not happen.
The new provision will rule out the application process for The Paugussett Indians, which have a Trumbull Reservation, the Schaghticoke Indians, which have a Kent Reservation along with the Eastern Pequots.
The new rule also states that tribes cannot simply show they have a state recognized reservation in order to qualify for federal recognition.
All three tribes have been denied federal recognition in the past, and chose to take their cases to federal court, but were unsuccessful. They originally proposed building a casino in Bridgeport.
Federal recognition brings many advantages to Indian tribes, including the ability to sign contracts with a state along with offering casino gambling on reservations.
Chief Richard Velkey who leads a faction of the Schaghticoke tribe could not be reached for comment, according to the News-Times. The Mohegan Tribe has 1,700 members and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has 800.