Montville, Connecticut

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Montville is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 18,546 at the 2000 census.

The villages of Chesterfield, Mohegan, Oakdale, and Uncasville are also part of the Town of Montville; the latter two have their own ZIP codes. Residents of the town often identify with these villages more than the Town of Montville as a whole. The actual center of Oakdale is very small, consisting only of a few private residences and the post office. Likewise, the Mohegan Sun casino resort is also often referred to as being in "Uncasville" although Uncasville itself is actually three miles to the south.

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Native Americans

The Mohegan Native American Tribal Nation has been a presence in this area of Connecticut since the 16th to 17th century. Their 700-acre (2.8 km²) reservation is located north of the village of Uncasville. Although the reservation sits within the borders of the town of Montville, the tribe is considered to be a sovereign nation not subject to local or state laws. In addition to operating the Mohegan Sun, a casino resort that opened in 1996, the tribal nation also provides educational programs about their nation's heritage and history.

Montville High School

Montville High School (MHS) at 800 Old Colchester Road has long represented the pride that Montville places in its school system and the children that attend it. As of 2002, Thomas J. Amanti has been principal of MHS. MHS proudly posts its mission statement: "Through intellectual, physical and creative challenges, Montville High School will provide opportunities for students to realize their full potential. In order to achieve this goal, students will acquire skills that foster critical and creative thinking, effective communication and responsible citizenship."

Mohegan Sun Casino

Located in Uncasville, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest casinos in the world. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut created the casino in 1996. With over 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2), the Mohegan Sun complex now features a luxury hotel, entertainment theater, and more than 20 restaurants and stores. Mohegan Sun is one of Montville's primary economic locations. It has provided a significant increase in job opportunities and attracted a population influx.

Mohegan Sun is also home to the Mohegan Sun Arena, the site of concerts and live sporting events for Uncasville. It is the home of the WNBA Connecticut Sun.

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