Joe Courtney

Connecticut officials call for probe of Interior Department

Connecticut officials on Monday called for an investigation of the U.S. Department of the Interior's failure to act on revenue sharing agreements between the state and two Native American tribes that are needed for the tribes to build and operate a new casino.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney, all Democrats, made the request in a letter to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.

The Interior Department on Monday referred questions to the Department of Justice, which did not return a message seeking comment Monday.

The two federally recognized tribes, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots,...

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