DERBY, Conn., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "By shining a national spotlight on how the State of Connecticut has blatantly and shamelessly manipulated the system against the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN) for nearly three centuries, the New York Times is acting in the best tradition of journalism.
"Despite an application that was cited and approved as 'among the best and most thoroughly researched petitions ever reviewed,' (Decl. of Aurene Michelle Martin, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Norton, No. 3:06-CV-81 (PCD) (ECF 36-4) (D. Conn. July 18, 2006) opponents used undue political influence and an environment of anti-casino fervor to have STN's federal recognition revoked on October 12, 2005. Ironically it was Columbus Day.
"STN satisfies all of the criteria for federal acknowledgement, however it continues to be unfairly denied the benefits of healthcare, housing, educational programs, economic diversification opportunities and, especially, the national sovereignty that is enjoyed by two other Connecticut Tribes who have both vowed to me personally that they would not hinder our efforts to reclaim our federal recognition." – Chief Richard Velky
Today's New York Times story:
SOURCE Chief Richard Velky