Skip to main content

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz found the original map outlining the reservation established at federal recognition in 1983 - with borders marked in red ink - stored in the U.S. House of Representatives archives in Washington, D.C., Bysiewicz said Feb. 14. The map apparently was filed with the House when President Ronald Reagan signed the settlement act into law. Its location became an issue last year when officials in Ledyard, Preston and North Stonington learned Bysiewicz' office did not have the original. The request came after author Jeff Benedict, in "Without Reservation,'' alleged the nation got about 1,000 acres more than Congress intended. He said the boundary was determined when Jackson T. King Jr. used a red pen to draw it on a map in 1982 that accompanied the settlement act. King represented Ledyard landowners sued by the tribe. He later went to work for the tribe. Bysiewicz said copies of the map appear to match to reservation boundaries the state has on file. Arthur Henick, spokesman for the tribe, said tribal representatives and museum officials assisted Bysiewicz. "The tribal nation has said all along that the most likely location of the map would be in a federal archive ... .''