Chris Murphy

New Federal Tribal Recognition Rules a 'Big Victory' For State, Malloy Says

HARTFORD — New federal rules issued Monday amount to a "big victory" for Connecticut in its battle to prevent three state tribes from gaining federal recognition and the right to open casinos, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy and Connecticut's U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, said the revisions in federal regulations governing tribal recognition will spare this state and thousands of residents years of potential legal entanglements. But a consultant for one of the Connecticut tribal groups, the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, said the tribe has not given up on its quest for federal recognition. State officials were fearful that the federal rules...