Monday, October 19, 2009

Schagticoke Indians Lose Court Appeal

Feather News

A federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the denial of the Schagticoke Tribe's federal recognition was not a result of improper political influence.

The appeals court decision says the Connecticut Tribe failed to prove its allegations of improper political influence by Connecticut's congressional delegation and others to block the Tribe's federal recognition.

The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a final determination for the Schagticoke's federal recognition in January 2004 but that decision was reversed in 2005. The Tribe sought to overturn that reversal in federal court but it was struck down in August 2008. The appeal decision issued today reaffirms that 2008 lower court decision.

The Schagticoke Tribe is recognized by the state of Connecticut.