The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally-recognized Indian
Nation, with its own constitution and government. Not only
does the Tribe govern itself, but many Tribal administrative
departments oversee the everyday function of the reservation
and provide for Tribal members. While the best-known Tribal enterprise may be the Mohegan Sun casino, the
Mohegan Tribe also owns and operates a number of other
enterprises that benefit both the Tribe and the community
When the English invaded Mohegan territory in the
seventeenth century, Mohegan Sachem (Head Chief) Uncas
sought to maintain his nation’s sovereignty. As European
diseases and immigrants threatened to overrun his people,
he chose a path of cooperation, rather than conflict — thus
began the Mohegan Way.
Since that time, the Mohegan Way has been passed down
to each generation. Today, it means that we continue to live
and work cooperatively both within the Tribe and with the
As a result of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), tribes across the country are actively seeking to reclaim burial items, skeletal remains and ceremonial objects.
As a sovereign nation, the Mohegan Tribe has its own governmental structure and the power to govern itself within guidelines set by the U.S. Constitution.