The Mohegan Tribe

GOVERNMENT

Welcome

The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally-recognized Indian Nation, with its own constitution and government. Not only does the Tribe govern itself, but many Tribal administrative departments oversee the everyday function of the reservation and provide for Tribal members. While the best-known Tribal enterprise may be the Mohegan Sun casino, the Mohegan Tribe also owns and operates a number of other enterprises that benefit both the Tribe and the community at large.

Understanding the Mohegan Way

When the English invaded Mohegan territory in the seventeenth century, Mohegan Sachem (Head Chief) Uncas sought to maintain his nation’s sovereignty. As European diseases and immigrants threatened to overrun his people, he chose a path of cooperation, rather than conflict —  thus began the Mohegan Way.

Since that time, the Mohegan Way has been passed down to each generation. Today, it means that we continue to live and work cooperatively both within the Tribe and with the non-Indian community.

Current Issues

  • As a result of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), tribes across the country are actively seeking to reclaim burial items, skeletal remains and ceremonial objects.
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