Monday, February 16, 2009

Crisis on the Schaghticoke Reservation

Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond:
Join your host, Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui for an episode focuses on a crisis on the Schaghticoke reservation in Kent, CT. A non-Indian male intruder who claims to be the spokesman of an un-enrolled Schaghticoke woman who says she is the chief of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is bull-dozing land to create road, cutting down trees, and even desecrating sacred sites. The reservation land is held in trust by the state Department of Environmental Protection. However, state officials and even state police have refused to stop the non-Native trespasser. Guests will discuss the course of events, and the barriers they face in trying to get the attention of state officials who claim their hands are tied because of a “leadership conflict.” Hear from: Katherine Saunders, Chair of the Preservation Committee for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation; esteemed Schaghticoke elder, Trudie Lamb Richmond, Connecticut Native American Heritage Advisory Council, and the Preservation Committee for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation; Nicholas F. Bellantoni, the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at the University of Connecticut; and the Chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, Richard Velky. Original air-date: 1-27-09.
Crisis on the Schaghticoke Reservation


  1. Anonymous2:40 PM

    This is a digrace!!!! The State of Connecticut is run by a bunch of Racist Bigots!! They need to end this stand off since they are supposed to be the ones' that are watching out for us and OUR property. What does the State want? An out rigt battle between the instigators and the tribe?
    Is it Bloodshed that they are waiting for? Come on, The State needs to get thier act together and do what is right!
    S--T or get off the pot you IDIOTS!
    Tom Littledeer

  2. Anonymous2:47 PM

    This is a disgrace to all Native Americans!!!! What the heck is Connecticut waiting for ? A royal Battle between the Tribe and an outsider ruining our Reservation?
    Maybe we need to take the fight right to the governments face and individually get hold of each of these MORONS that hold a seat and make them realize what the Hell thier doing!!!!