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The Mohegan people are Native American Indians in Connecticut; the majority are associated with the Mohegan Indian Tribe, a federally recognized tribe living on a reservation in the eastern upper Thames River valley of south-central Connecticut. It is one of two federally recognized tribes in the state, the other being the Mashantucket Pequot. There are also three state-recognized tribes: Schaghticoke, Paugusett, and Eastern Pequot. At the time of European contact, the Mohegan and Pequot were a unified tribal entity living in the lower Connecticut region, but the Mohegan gradually became independent. In 1637, European colonists destroyed the fort at Mashantucket and forcibly disbanded the Pequot nation during the Pequot War. Thereafter, under the leadership of Uncas, a sachem, the Mohegan were understood to be a separate tribal nation. Uncas' name is meant to be Wonkus, which translates to fox. The word Mohegan translates in their respective Algonquin dialects as "People of the Wolf". Over time, the Mohegan gradually lost ownership of much of their tribal lands and their tribal status. In 1978, Chief Rolling Cloud Hamilton petitioned for federal recognition of the Mohegan.
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