Monday, July 27, 2009

Brothertown Indians Awaiting Fed Recognition Decision

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The Brothertown Indians, who began as a group of Christian Indians led into upstate New York and Massachusetts by Mohegan Samsom Occum and others in the 1760's, are expecting to become federally recognized as early as this week.

The Tribe is now located in Wisconsin after they sold their land and moved in the 1830's along with the Oneidas and Stockbridge Indians. The Tribe consists of about 4,100 members.

The Brothertown Indians were the first Indians to be granted U.S. citizenship. That event took place by an act of Congress on March 3, 1839.

The Tribe claims to have built the first church in Wisconsin, a Methodist Episcopal Church. "The tribe is also credited with operating, at that time, the first flour and saw mills in the area, and building the first steamboat that navigated Lake Winnebago."