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Schaghticoke Chief, Connecticut AG Dispute BIA Changes

11 May 2005

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by the Connecticut Post: "Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky Tuesday defended Bureau of Indian Affairs rule changes that, he claims, will actually make it harder for tribes to annex off-reservation land for casinos.

"Velky issued a press release Tuesday in response to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's claim Monday that the new rules would do just the opposite.

"'The attorney general has once again distorted the facts in his overzealous crusade against the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation,' Velky said.

"…Velky said the changes would: require an environmental impact statement for large or potentially controversial casino projects; extend consultation from the local government to any local jurisdiction within 10 miles of the land; and require inter-governmental agreements on taxes and services…"

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