Friday, July 23, 2010

Federal Judge Asks Interior Department For Quick Resolution To Shinnecock Recognition Appeal

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U.S. District Court judge Joseph Bianco doesn't have the authority to rule on appeals to last month's federal recognition of the Shinnecock Indian Tribe but he did give the federal Interior Department ten days to come up with a timeline on when the appeals would be resolved, urging the Interior to expedite the process.

Appeals to the Shinnecock Tribe's federal recognition were filed by a group called the Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs and a group of Long Island Indians.

Lacking a court order the Interior Department's Federal Board of Indian Appeals would otherwise have no timetable to rule on the appeals.