The Mohegan Tribe gained federal recognition as a sovereign nation on March 7, 1994. However, we have existed in southeastern Connecticut for hundreds of years and as part of the indigenous North American population for 10,000 years. We've lived together, celebrated our traditions together and struggled to survive together as a Tribe through many dark years.
Federal recognition has given the Mohegan Tribe the opportunity to conduct itself as a sovereign nation. To get there, the Tribe had to meet strict criteria, but was able to meet these high standards of proof and answer questions about why the Tribe would take the trouble.