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Schaghticoke Reservation (state-recognized)

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A former president of Foxwoods Resort Casino has a new job as gambling adviser to the nation in Kent. G. Michael "Mickey'' Brown promoted the tribe's gambling interests with 50 business executives at a recent forum sponsored by the Real Estate Finance Association to discuss the potential impact of a casino in Fairfield County, trying to ally fears about traffic congestion and other issues. The Schaghticokes, awaiting a decision on federal recognition petition, hope to build a casino, perhaps in Bridgeport. Brown, now a New Jersey attorney, took a job in 1990 as a lawyer for the Mashantucket Pequots, who operate the Foxwoods casino in Ledyard. He left in 1997 after serving as Foxwoods president. Earlier Brown was a prosecutor and casino regulator in New Jersey as well as an international lawyer. The Schaghticokes are one of several tribes in Connecticut seeking recognition from the federal government. Federal officials are also considering a recognition petition by the Golden Hill Paugussetts, who also want to build a casino in Bridgeport. A decision may come as early as next year. The Schaghticokes are expected to win recognition, but a decision is probably years away.