US Supreme Court won’t hear Conn. tribe’s case

Kent, Connecticut (AP) October 2010

The leader of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in Connecticut says the tribe isn’t giving up its efforts to win federal recognition, even after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the tribe this week.

Chief Richard Velky says the Kent-based Schaghticokes have 25 days to request a rehearing before the nation’s highest court. He also says going to Congress could be a last resort.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs granted the tribe recognition in 2004. But that decision was later reversed after state officials argued the tribe had gaps in evidence related to its social continuity and political governance.

A federal appeals court rejected the tribe’s appeal of the recognition reversal last year.

The Schaghticokes have had a state-recognized reservation since the mid-1700s.