A day after a federal judge ruled against it, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is not ready to give up on its quest for federal recognition, Schaghticoke Chief Richard Velky said Wednesday.
The Schaghticokes say their long quest to gain federal recognition was derailed by people with political ties directly to President Bush.
In its motion, the tribe detailed a March 30, 2004, meeting attended by three Republican members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation and U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and then-Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton.
In a deposition, Norton said Wolf and the Connecticut delegation -- which included U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, and former representatives Nancy Johnson and Rob Simmons -- pressed her to overturn the decision.
She said Wolf threatened to ask President Bush to replace her. But Norton later testified she did not take that threat seriously.
Frank Wolf, what a "nice guy" huh?