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NJ reaffirms official status of 2 Native American tribes

March 19, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has restored official state recognition for two Native American tribes.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced separate agreements with the Powhatan Renape Nation and the Ramapough Lenape Nation on Monday. The Courier-Post reports the two tribes claimed in a statement that former Gov. Chris Christie was responsible for allowing “state bureaucrats to deny and undermine the tribes’ status.”

The tribes claim the efforts to undermine their recognition reflected a mistaken concern about casino competition. Grewal says all parties have agreed state recognition does not provide the tribes with federal casino gaming rights.

Grewal says the state will notify “all relevant” agencies of the newly formalized recognition status of Powhatan and Ramapough nations within 30 days.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/