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SCHAGHTICOKE TRIBAL NATION
CONNECTICUT

PRESS RELEASE

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation will not be deterred by the grave omissions and errors in the Final Regulations on Federal Acknowledgement of Indian Tribes.

While we appreciate the Department’s efforts, these rules fall tragically short of the promise to provide a transparent, timely, and consistent process that accounts for the unique histories of tribal communities. This outcome betrays the sacred trust and government-to-government relationship between our nation and its tribal sovereigns.

In January of 2004, the United States Department of Interior issued a Final Determination supporting Federal Recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.

Consensus among the Department’s highly trained staff was that the Schaghticoke petition was among the best and most thoroughly researched petitions ever reviewed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and satisfied all the mandatory criteria required for federal recognition.

Former Interior Secretary, Gale Norton, in a personal affidavit, stood firm in the Department’s decision to extend federal recognition to the Tribe.

The State of Connecticut has, since colonial times, continuously recognized the Schaghticoke as a distinct tribe with a separate land base provided by and maintained by the State. In 1736, the colony formally recognized the Tribe’s traditional lands along the Housatonic River extending through Connecticut and New York. At statehood, fifty-two years later, Connecticut continued to affirm these claims and the Tribe continues to maintain its 400-acre reservation near Kent, Connecticut to this day.

The Schaghitcoke Tribal Nation, lead by Chief Richard Velky is confident that the Schaghticoke’s status as a sovereign tribal nation will be rightfully restored and justice shall prevail to the first Americans of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and to the great citizens of the State of Connecticut.
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Thank you to those who were vigilant and voted “yes” in support of STN in this RA poll!

Republican American Poll Results

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.

Ground Blessing

To learn more about the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and our history, please visit the links located to the right of this page.