The decision last week by the Town Board of Brothertown to not support the Brothertown Indian Nation in their quest for federal tribal recognition has caught the tribe and Calumet County officials by surprise.
A vote taken during the Dec. 27 Town Board meeting found board officials in agreement as they discussed and approved a motion stating, "The Town of Brothertown is not in support of any resolution or efforts to gain tribal status for the Brothertown Indian Nation." Coverage of the Dec. 27 meeting was featured in the Jan. 2 edition of the Tri-County News.
After reviewing the Jan. 2 article, representatives of the Brothertown Indian Nation expressed concerns about the board's discussion, particularly regarding the process of federal recognition and the status of the tribe.
During discussions at the Dec. 27 meeting, Town Chairman Chuck Schneider told board members a government to government relationship with the tribe is not possible as the tribe does not have a government. According to tribal representatives, the tribe began in the 1790s with a New England town charter form of government. This has evolved to a constitution-based government with tribal members electing a nine-member Tribal Council, of which four are officers.

(Please see the January 9 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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