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Tribal leader blasts Conn. governor over his opposition to US rules

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A review that is expected to produce new US rules for recognizing American Indian tribes as early as this summer is stirring heat in Connecticut, where the governor is leading efforts to block changes that could open the door to more tribal casinos. Governor Dannel P. Malloy contended in a letter he delivered last week to President Obama that proposals under consideration could hurt the state by boosting tribal claims to vast areas of developed land. Alan Russell, the leader of one faction of the Schaghticoke in Kent, asked in a statement whether Malloy is a lapdog for wealthy landowners in Litchfield County.

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