New Jersey judge dismisses tribe’s lawsuit over recognition

A New Jersey judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe that claimed the state gave it official recognition in the 1980s but later rescinded the designation.

Superior Court Judge William Anklowitz upheld a motion from the attorney general’s office Wednesday to dismiss the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation’s suit, which was filed last fall.

The suit claimed the nation was provided official status as an American Indian tribe through a 1982 state resolution. The tribe alleged that, when it tried to reaffirm the designation, it found the attorney general’s office had decided to not recognize the nation in 2012.

Anklowitz ruled that the tribe was never established as an official entity because their resolution wasn’t submitted to the governor.

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