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Merrill: Schaghticokes Approved For LLC, Not Casino

Merrill: Schaghticokes Approved For LLC, Not Casino

HARTFORD — In 2004, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation received federal recognition, a first step toward building a casino. The next year, its hopes were dashed when that recognition was reversed.

On Tuesday, the Kent-based tribe thought, for a brief moment, it had a victory when the secretary of the state approved its application to form a company, which the Schaghticokes thought would allow them to build a casino.

On Wednesday, victory was taken away.

Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill said Wednesday that the tribe's application to form a limited liability company is permitted, but without federal recognition, the Schaghticokes cannot pursue development of a...