Good news! On February 18, 2010, the Brothertown received a 6-month extension to the Comment Period for the Proposed Finding. Brothertown members and interested parties now have until August 23, 2010, to send lettters and comments of support to the Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA).
On August 17, 2009, OFA published its proposed finding against acknowledging the Brothertown Indian Nation. They said that the evidence provided by BIN demonstrates that we did not meet five of the seven mandatory criteria for recognition.
This, despite the fact that in 1990, and again in 1993, the Solicitor General determined that the Act of 1839 had not terminated the Brothertown Indian Nation.
As Brothertowns and as Indians, we all need to write and let OFA know our stories. Now. Every tribal member old enough to compose a letter should be involved in determining our tribe's future.
You have a voice. Let it be heard.
Stand up. Today.
Rememember - the new OFA deadline is August 23, 2010. You can send a copy of your letter to the Brothertown office by attaching the letter at the Contact Us page.
Read the proposed finding at http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/OFA/RecentCases/index.htm
For information on the Brothertown, go to BrothertownIndians.org.
And don't forget: when completing the 2010 Census Form, let the Census Bureau know that you are a Brothertown Indian. Use the tribe's preferred name (Brothertown Indian Nation) when responding to the "enrolled" or "principal" tribe question on the census questionnaire. For information on the 2010 Census, go to 2010.Census.gov.
Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
Attn: Office of Federal Acknowledgment
1951 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Mail Stop 34B-SIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
Brothertown Indian Nation
c/o Richard Schadewald
P.O. Box 2206
Fond du Lac, WI 54935