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Anti-Casino Group Grows Following Tribes' Federal Recognition

28 June 2002

UNION, Connecticut – As reported by the Norwich Bulletin: "Support for a two-week-old anti-casino group quickly gained momentum this week with the announcement that two North Stonington tribes have received federal recognition.

"More than 150 residents, activists and legislators gathered in the small rural town of Union Thursday for a informational meeting hosted by the fledgling Connecticut Citizens Against Casinos.

"…The citizen's group is asking for a moratorium on tribal recognition, a revision of the 1988 Indian Gaming Act, elimination of state recognition as a criterion in the federal recognition process and a ban on establishing tribal businesses outside reservation land.

"…Union resident and group member Karen Johnson said she shares the concern of residents over the possible development of another casino by the neighboring Nipmuc tribes in Massachusetts. Union has been mentioned as a possible casino site…"

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