Recognizing more tribes means fewer funds for existing tribes
In “State tribes become a concern for some” (News, May 6), the effects of state tribes is grossly overstated. New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Louisiana recognize tribes and have agencies dealing with said tribes. Tribes like the Unkechaug, Schagticoke, Nanticoke, Pamunkey, Coharie, Natchez-Kusso, Mowa Choctaw, Miami of Indiana and United Houma Nation, not forgetting about a dozen more, have had historical recognition in books, and some have state reservations and had long involvement in Indian boarding schools prior to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that integrated schools for blacks and Indians in the Piedmont and Southeast areas. Prior to that, the Nanticokes, Houmas, Mowa Choctaws and Lumbees couldn't go to white schools.