The National Archives said it does not have a map showing the boundaries of the Mashantucket reservation, further reducing Connecticut's chances of ever finding it. Officials felt the National Archives was their best shot at locating the original redlined map, which could help resolve a boundary dispute between the eastern Connecticut tribe and neighboring towns. "I'm beginning to appreciate Washington bureaucracy now,'' Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said. There's one more committee to search, but state officials so far are 0-for-2 in the nation's capital. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee also said it does not have the map, drawn for the 1983 settlement act recognizing the tribe and creating the reservation. The search began last year when Bysiewicz told Ledyard, Preston and North Stonington officials that her office doesn't have the original map. The towns requested it after the book "Without Reservation'' alleged the Mashantuckets received 1,000 acres more than Congress intended. Author Jeff Benedict claimed the map gave the tribe more land than it originally sought and more than the settlement act describes. The act requires the original map be on file with the Secretary of the State, but there's no record it was ever sent there, officials said.
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