Dear Tribal Members and Friends,
Due to the inclement weather, once again, the Public Hearing on Bill 5305 has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Thursday March 15th @ 10:00AM. Your continue support is greatly needed and appreciated. Remember to let a council member know if you will be taking the bus from the Tribal office leaving at 8:00 o’clock sharp.
Letter From Chief Velky
March 4, 2018
Dear Tribal Members;
I hope you are all in good health and doing well. Looking forward to getting together soon.
You may recall last year you were asked to support our efforts by making a showing in Hartford at the Legislature Office Building where we were asking the Legislature not to allow a monopoly in gaming to Mashantucket and Mohegan (MMCT) with a third casino without giving us or anyone the right to bid by having a fair and open process. As you recall, last year’s legislation gave MMCT the exclusive right to a commercial casino. Well, here we are one year later and again we need your support!
On Thursday, March 15th, the Legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee will be holding another hearing, specifically on HB 5305. This proposed Bill stands for an OPEN AND FAIR process and to overturn last year’s legislation giving an exclusive right to MMCT to build a casino off reservation is East Windsor. The hearing begins at 10:00 AM, and we will have a bus leaving the Tribal office at 8:00 AM sharp.
Last year your showing was strong and noticed and brought about a lot of positive talk in Hartford. Your presence let Legislators and the news media know that there are other tribes here in CT. We need that support once again. It is very important that you know that without you, our message falls flat. Our success cannot be achieved without you, and I want you to personally know how proud I was of your support and how important your strong voice and participation is needed and how vitally important to our success and our Tribe’s future it is.
I am asking that you contact your family and friends and let them know how important this is to you and your tribe and ask them to attend and participate. I am not asking that anyone put their job in jeopardy but if you have a sick or personal day coming that you consider using it here. I would also add that if any students could attend without putting their perfect attendance or their grades in jeopardy that they come as well. It would be an educational experience for them and it will let the Legislators know that we have generations who will continue our fight. If you have any questions please call our Tribal Office @ 203-751-9041.
Thank you and please, please, try your hardest. See you there.
Thank you for visiting the official website of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN), a Native American Tribe located in Kent, CT. The Schaghticoke Tribe has been a state recognized tribe for over 300 years. Our reservation, granted in 1736 by the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut, is one of the oldest in the United States. It encompasses roughly 400 acres between the western bank of the Housatonic River and New York state. A national trail system, the Appalachian Trail, passes through the scenic reservation near the historical Schaghticoke rattlesnake den.
Today, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation continues their struggle for federal recognition. Although STN was granted federal recognition in 2004, it was unjustly reversed on Columbus Day in 2005 due to heavy political influence by Connecticut politicians and backing by wealthy land owners. It is STN’s mission to have their recognition restored.
To learn more about the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and our history, please visit the links located to the right of this page.