The Lost Tribe?

A Connecticut band seeks federal recognition as Indian--and plans the world's biggest casino

He calls himself Chief Quiet Hawk, and true to his name, he usually answers questions by fax. But on this day he is visiting Washington to press the case of his people, and he has agreed to meet at a restaurant favored by lobbyists, just a block from the White House. A solidly built man in a dark business suit, Quiet Hawk--born 55 years ago as Aurelius Piper--picks at a salad and steak as he explains his crusade to win federal recognition as an Indian tribe for himself and his 324 followers, most from the area around Bridgeport, Conn. "I'm trying,"...

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