U.S. taking Ledyard parcel into trust for Mashantucket Pequots

Ledyard — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs intends to take an acre of Mashantucket Pequot-owned land at 850 Shewville Road into trust for the tribe.

The parcel is adjacent to tribal elders’ housing and would be used only for housing purposes, Lori Potter, director of communications for the tribe, said.

The land has an assessed value of $47,880, town land records show. The tribe acquired it in 2004, paying $75,000.

Land the federal government takes into trust for federally recognized Indian tribes is exempt from local taxation.

Potter said the Bureau of Indian Affairs notified the tribe in 2010 that it had decided to take the parcel into trust for the tribe — in effect adding it to the tribe’s reservation — but had not done so. The transaction will become final at the end of a 30-day appeal period that began earlier this month when the BIA’s notice was published.

The Mashantucket reservation comprises about 1,600 acres.

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