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Connecticut Leaders Renew Effort to Block Tribal Casino
DANBURY, Connecticut As reported by the Hartford Courant: "Elected
leaders from across the state assembled in Danbury Monday night to renew
their effort to block a small band of Indians from opening a casino in
"It won’t be easy, since the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has won final
approval as a federal tribe from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Overturning federal tribal recognition is extremely rare and requires
opponents to produce new information in an evidence-gathering process
that has already gone on for years.
"’I hope that this is the beginning of a citizens’ movement,’ said
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is leading opposition to
recognition of new tribes and more casinos in Connecticut. Blumenthal,
who said the state will appeal the Schaghticoke ruling, also is fighting
the bureau’s recognition of the Eastern Pequots of North Stonington.
"Both tribal groups are backed by wealthy businessmen who want to
invest in Connecticut’s next Foxwoods Resort or Mohegan Sun, considered
two of the world’s most profitable casinos.
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