Gov. Malloy speaks with Vice President Biden about tribal issues

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is continuing to voice concerns about proposed changes to rules granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes.

Malloy told The Associated Press Monday he met privately with Vice President Joe Biden about the issue for about 45 minutes during his four-day visit to Washington, D.C.

Malloy and other state officials are worried about making it easier for groups petitioning for federal recognition to gain acknowledgement. The existing federal regulations overseeing the federal recognition of tribes were originally adopted in 1978. They’ve been updated once in 20 years.

Malloy said he wanted to ensure Biden “understood that our state is a state that could be adversely impacted.”

Malloy also met with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials to express concerns about delays in federal reimbursements.