Hello. Welcome to the Web site of the Brothertown Indian Nation (BIN).
We hope you will visit our heritage page to learn how we Algonquian descendants of the Mohegan, Pequot, Montaukett, Narragansett, Niantic, and Tunxis peoples came together and migrated to Wisconsin, when it was still a territory, during the era of the Indian Removal Act.
We are a self-sustaining nation. We do not receive federal funding or federal monies, except for member education as provided for by treaty and under federal law, and very occasionally, when we are fortunate enough to receive a much-needed grant.
Our recognition history is unusual, but so are many recognition histories. In September 2012, after 32 very long and very expensive years in the administrative recognition process, the Department of Interior announced in its Final Determination that it lacked the authority to make an administrative recognition determination for us as Congress had previously terminated the federal relationship with the Brothertown. By law, only Congress can restore our government-to-government relationship. Thus, the Brothertown Indian Nation is not currently a federally recognized tribe, but was in the past.
Because of our history with the recognition process, we are very interested in ensuring that other tribes do not experience what we did. And, although we will not benefit from them, we have followed closely the proposal of new federal recognition regulations. To share our story and a prepared statement, on July 17, 2014, BIN Treasurer Craig Cottrell, along with Council member Faith Ottery, attended the Keshena, Wisconsin, tribal consultation being held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, the Brothertown were not permitted to take part; they were advised that the consulation process was open only to tribes already recognized. Craig was permitted to leave a copy of the statement, which is also included here.
We thank the Menominee, Oneida, and other tribal representatives at the consultation who very graciously shared their concerns with Craig and Faith. We also encourage all who have participated in the recognition process to share their thoughts on the proposed regulations with the BIA, which is only accepting comments through August 1, 2014. Information on the proposed regulations and on the process for submitting comments can be found below.
- Federal Register Notice: Proposed Rule
- Federal Regiser Notice: Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (May 29, 2014)
- Comparison Chart of Current/Proposed Recognition Regulations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Comments can be submitted by one of two ways-
Kôkicásh. Be well.