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Schaghticoke faction applies for federal recognition

Another faction of the Kent-based Schaghticokes is trying to gain federal recognition.  Chief Alan Russell is filing an updated federal petition next month on behalf of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe.  The group has a 400 acre reservation. 

He told the Connecticut Post that they have land claims to more than 2,000 acres in Kent, including where the Kent School and Bulls Bridge Hydroelectric Plant are currently located. 

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation faction won federal recognition, but it was revoked shortly afterward, in 2005.  Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky said in the published report that all Russell's group did was copy their petition. 

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs released new rules in 2015 meaning if a tribe fails to gain federal recognition, it cannot try again.   Russell said the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe withheld boxes of historical and genealogical documents from the Velky faction.

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