“It is clear to me that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has been treated unfairly for a long time, and [it] has meritorious claims against the state,” Lieberman said. “As this lawsuit demonstrates, the state acted unconstitutionally and breached its statutory fiduciary duties in taking tribal land, and STN is entitled to be compensated by the state for those wrongful acts.”
Chief Velky, Austin Tighe and Tom Rodgers. Schaghticoke tribe, Re: In a lawsuit filed in Hartford on Thursday, the Kent tribe alleges the state took the land it was managing for the Schaghticokes — eventually amounting to 2,000 acres — without compensating the tribe.
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“I will say something really quite personal, which is, looking back at what happened 12 years ago, for me, the opportunity to be involved in this litigation on behalf of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is what you might call a second chance to do right by them, Lieberman said Friday, at a news conference on the lawsuit……”
“I think, over time, the history is clear: they have been treated not just unfairly but grossly unfairly, and this gives me the opportunity to do something about that, Lieberman said.”
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the state for land that it says was taken from the tribe’s northwestern Connecticut reservation, beginning more than two centuries ago.
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Listen to Chief Velky’s full interview on September 19th here:
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is dropping a short-lived lawsuit that challenged the bidding process for a new casino in Connecticut. But Chief Richard Velky hasn’t given up hope. He said the tribe will focus its efforts on the 2017 legislative session, when lawmakers will consider whether to move forward with the casino.
“Connecticut has announced its new Keno game, introduced in April, brought in $12 million in its first two months. That’s nearly twice what the state had projected.
Part of the proceeds are going to the state’s two federally recognized American Indian tribes, the Mashantucket and the Mohegan. But there are three other state-recognized Indian tribes in Connecticut. They are not getting any of the proceeds because only the two federally recognized tribes have a gaming compact with the state”
WSHU Senior Political Reporter Ebong Udoma and Reporter Davis Dunavin have been covering this development and spoke about it with Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser.
Listen to full interview here: http://wshu.org/post/schaghticoke-continues-fight-federal-recognition-and-its-benefits
“We’ve been here 300 years,” Mr. Velky said in an interview at the tribal offices in Derby, Conn. “Whether Connecticut likes it or not, we are one of the state’s first families, and we will continue to be.”