|The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has denied the group of Connecticut Indians known as the Golden Hill Paugussetts recognition as such. It now seems impossible that the group will be able to open a casino here, in the state’s largest city, under Connecticut law that allows recognized Indians that right. The tribe will not be eligible, either, for other benefits, such as tax exemptions. |
However, the Paugussetts have 180 days to appeal before this decision on their status is entered as the official final judgement.
FBIA officials said the Golden Hill Paugussetts had “failed to meet three of seven criteria for recognition and lacked any historical connection to the original Golden Hill Indians who lived in the area until the early 1800s.”