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Finding Proof

Meeting federal standards meant providing historical documentation of our impact and collective identity as a tribe. Much of Mohegan history is handed down through oral tradition, so finding the right documents might have been a big challenge.

Ultimately there was no lack of documentation, with 20,000 pages of documents submitted as part of the process. Collecting this took years of work by many Tribal members.

Because of our rich and living history, evidence of Mohegan existence and identity as a tribe is abundant even to the casual observer today in local place names, family names, historic sites, storytrails, artifacts and living culture.

“We want people to feel that the Mohegans are about the future…”
– Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel
2003
Became first Native American tribe in the US to own a professional sports team
1994
Federal Recognition
“We are no longer the little old tribe that lives upon the hill. We are now the nation that lives upon the hill.”
– Ralph Sturges
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