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The electronic lottery game keno could come to Connecticut after all. Keno surfaced at the very end of last year's legislative session as a way to balance the new two year budget. But earlier this year, when a $500 million surplus was announced, lawmakers distanced themselves from the bingo-like game, and a bill to repeal keno seemed like a done deal.

In western Oregon, members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are engaged in a debate over what it means to belong.

The tribe's enrollment committee is considering kicking out an entire family that traces its lineage back to the founding of the modern tribe more than a century and a half ago. The family is related to Chief Tumulth, leader of the Watlala, a tribe that controlled river traffic along a key section of the Columbia River.

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Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear exactly what rights any newly recognized tribes would have.

The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition

Mar 17, 2014
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Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.

Winter Storm Warning Continues; Pothole Problems

Jan 21, 2014

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Before the position of lieutenant governor existed, the Colony of Connecticut had what was then known as the "deputy governor." According to the Connecticut State Library, this position was established in 1639. There were 18 deputy governors, several of whom would alternate off between governor and deputy governor because of one-year term limits.

On a recent episode of Where We Live, we discussed the role of the lieutenant governor and why anyone would want that position. So this got us thinking about some of Connecticut's first #2's when the state was a colony.

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Today the word Mohegan evokes thoughts of a casino, the Mohegan Sun. In the 18th century the most famous Mohegan was probably Samson Occom, a Native American preacher and teacher, who also served as a tribal councilor, herbal doctor, fisherman, hunter, farmer, and was a father, husband, and brother.

Pequot Tribal Treasurer Resigns

Oct 2, 2013

The treasurer of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino has resigned from the tribal council as he awaits trial on federal theft charges, the Associated Press reports.

Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

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Mary Drexler is executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  When Connecticut considers a big move like adding keno to the gambling menu, it's her job to attend all the public hearings and committee meetings at which the change is discussed.  It's her job to offer testimony on the bill and to recruit other experts who can offer opinion on the impact of increased gaming.  This time, she didn't do any of that.  She couldn't, because there were no public hearings or committee meetings. State-sponsored Keno was legalized in Connecticut by, essentially, a back room deal.

America’s Most Devastating Conflict

Aug 10, 2012

August 12 is the 336th anniversary of the death of Metacomet, also known as King Philip. His death in 1676 essentially ended King Philip’s War, a violent and bloody conflict between his Wampanoags and the English colonists. While most of the fighting took place in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, people from Connecticut took part in the many of the battles and had an important influence on the outcome of the war.

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Millions of bison used to roam parts of the U.S. more than two centuries ago. Once close to extinction, the commercial meat market has brought back the bison to farms in many states including Connecticut. In Goshen, a five-week old calf is getting a lot of attention since the day he was born. WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil has the story

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Foxwoods Casino is an unlikely Connecticut success story. Before 1992, residents never would have guessed they’d have one of the world’s largest casinos in its backyard.

But given the years of profits and massive expansion, the headline of a New York Times Magazine story now seems even more improbable: “Foxwoods is Fighting for its Life.”

Native American Mascot Controversy

Jun 21, 2012
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We’ve got the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Hall High Warriors. So what’s in a name?

Hall High School in West Hartford has decided to change their logo, which previously depicted a profile view of a Native American. They will still be known as the “Warriors,” but without the Native American connection.

An Archeologist and a team of college students are spending the summer uncovering a little known chapter in Connecticut history.

By Lucy Nalpathanchil

Connecticut has two casinos that generate millions of dollars a year for the state. 

And after the U.S Department of Justice cleared the way for online gambling, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots and state officials are closely watching to see what kind of impact internet gambling will have. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports for NPR's Morning Edition. It’s a weekday but plenty of people are sitting at slot machines or playing table games at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Making Connecticut

May 20, 2011
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What is Connecticut’s story? What happened and who’s in it? Ambitious questions, and the Connecticut Historical Society’s new permanent exhibit, Making Connecticut, is the place to go to explore some answers. Opening on May 25, Making Connecticut is the state’s only overview exhibit of Connecticut history. Displaying more than 500 artifacts, clothing items, documents, images, and photographs, it’s about how Connecticut has changed from the 1500s to today, focusing on people, their lives and work, and the world around them.