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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Little Shell Tribe

article Montana's Little Shell tribe edges closer to federal recognition (3/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana’s Little Shell Band of Chippewa Cree Indians edged closer to federal recognition Monday in the U.S. House. Representatives voted 403-...
article Tribe recognition bill passes House, moves to Senate (3/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe. Bill H.R. 297, led by Congressman Greg...
article Little Shell bill reintroduced by Gianforte in House, Tester, Daines in Senate (1/9/2019)
(Montana) -- A bill that would grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been reintroduced in both chambers of the U.S....
article Tester, Daines reintroduce bill recognizing Little Shell (1/9/2019)
(Montana) -- Montana’s U.S. senators are again starting the process to try to achieve federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Monte...
article Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act fails in U.S. Senate (12/22/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- In September, the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe celebrated the United States House of Representatives passing an act that would provide them federal...
article Congressman Gianforte sponsors bill for Little Shell Tribe (9/16/2018)
(Montana) -- The U.S. House passed a bill on Thursday that would give federal recognition to the Little Shell of Chippewa. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., sponsored the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Can Native American Tribes Protect Their Land If They’re Not Recognized by the Federal Government? (3/25/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Louise Miranda Ramirez has fought to protect her ancestral lands and cultural sites for most of her 60-plus-year lifetime. “It’s so hard...
article Coastal Commission signs off on Trinidad Rancheria land trust plan for harbor area (3/8/2019)
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission today voted unanimously, with one abstention, to move forward with designating land near the Trinidad harbor as part of...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Opposes Tribal Land Bill In Congress (1/29/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe on Martha's Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe....
article Massachusetts tribe opposes tribal land bill in Congress (1/29/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe on Martha’s Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe...
article A federal lawsuit over reservation boundaries pits tribe against its Northern Michigan neighbors (8/22/2018)
(Michigan) -- Some of Northern Michigan's top vacation destinations are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The tribe...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Association

article STEVENS, JR: Protecting Tribal Sovereign Immunity (3/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Suppose a federal employee began drinking at work on federal property and caused an accident on his way home. The victim of this accident could...
1 Article on this Issue

Lytton Band

article Huffman bill grants 500 acres of tribal lands to Lytton Rancheria (3/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill creating a tribal homeland for the Lytton Rancheria is back before Congress, including a provision that perpetually bans gaming on the...
1 Article on this Issue

Elizabeth Warren

article BLOG: An Unrecognized American Indian Tribe Offers Elizabeth Warren Membership (2/26/2019)
(Oregon) -- The leader of an unrecognized and “mixed-blood” tribe in Oregon has officially offered Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren membership...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Hawaii

article Native Hawaiians Divided on Federal Recognition (2/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 100 years ago, the American government took control of the Hawaiian islands and took away Native Hawaiians’ land rights.
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article CA’s Tribal Nations Are Shut Out of The Legal Cannabis Industry (2/5/2019)
(California) -- The former tribal hall for the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is disintegrating; its stucco walls sloughing off like the skin of diamondback rattlesnakes,...
1 Article on this Issue

BIA

article Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes (2/4/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Right on schedule, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published its annual list of federally recognized tribes. The list contains the names of 573...
article Feds approve Samish Tribe land application (11/28/2018)
(Washington) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land application from the Samish Indian Nation that the tribe hopes will end years of struggle when it...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Aquinnah Rebuke Mashpee Tribe's Legislation (1/30/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanaog Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has added the latest ripple to its sister tribe's attempt at protecting its reservation through an act...
1 Article on this Issue

Tuscarora Nation

article Tuscarora Nation’s petition for recognition (1/29/2019)
(North Carolina) -- On Jan. 24, the Tuscarora Confederacy of Robeson County delivered its final response to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Preliminary...
article JACOBS: Tuscarora Indians are federally recognized (8/14/2018)
(North Carolina) -- According to the U.S. Department of Interior-Bureau of Indians Affairs’ Memorandum Letter dated Sept. 26, 1975, the 10-page letter by the...
article Tuscarora Nation fights back after raids on casinos (7/27/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Members of the Tuscarora Nation are speaking out after law enforcement raided three illegal casinos, arrested 24 members, and seized vehicles,...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Cooper: ‘High time’ Lumbee tribe given full recognition (1/8/2019)
(North Carolina) -- N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday night during the Lumbee Indian Inauguration Ceremony that recognition of the tribe is critical, not only to the...
article To be Lumbee and American: The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has been denied federal recognition since 1888 (12/3/2018)
(North Carolina) -- “A lot of people don’t realize Natives are all around you; it’s like we’re hidden in plain sight.” Brittany Hunt, a PhD...
article CHIEF SNEED: Chief Sneed responds to Post article about Lumbees (9/12/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Washington Post Magazine article, “What Makes Someone Native American? One tribe’s long struggle for full recognition”,...
article Reporter Explores Lumbee Identity, History As Tribe Fights For Federal Recognition (8/30/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee of eastern North Carolina have long been identified as Native American by their neighbors and by the state. Even the federal government...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Catawba Nation

article Native Americans in South Carolina: ‘A great survival story’ (1/4/2019)
(South Carolina) -- Near the foothills of Appalachia, just south of the South Carolina-North Carolina line and a few miles from Andrew Jackson State Park, the Catawba...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Native Americans warn of 'devastating impact' of land proposal (12/11/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag hold a special place in U.S. history as the tribe that first met the European settlers known as Pilgrims and participated in the...
article Mashpee Town Manager to Travel to D.C. to Support Wampanoag Land Bill (10/1/2018)
(Connecticut) -- Selectmen in Mashpee have agreed to send Town Manager Rodney Collins to Washington D.C. as part of an effort to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
press release Mashpee Tribe files court complaint on Interior Department decision (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) --   The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe filed a complaint in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Department of...
article Large Forces At Odds With Tribal Bill (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has received strong support in the Massachusetts delegation, neighboring Rhode Island has thrown a possible wrench...
article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...
article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision (9/27/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...
article Tribe sues feds over decision not to affirm reservation (9/27/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- A Cape Cod tribe filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s decision not to protect its 300-acre reservation...
article Interior denies Mashpee trust land: ‘You do not meet definition of an Indian’ (9/19/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The room fell silent as Jessie Little Doe Baird gripped the podium, engraved with a “United States Senate” emblem, as she held back her tears before...
article Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid (9/19/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled on Sept. 7 it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Confront 'Loss Of Self-Governance' After Interior Department Reversal (9/17/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe does not qualify for a reservation, effectively reversing an Obama-era decision to...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Lands in Dispute (9/13/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has been entangled in a legal conflict with the federal government over its native lands in Taunton and Mashpee. Last week...
article NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (9/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The following is a statement from the National Congress of American Indians, the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization.
article Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (7/18/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrated a milestone this month -- their annual powwow took place on trust land for the first time in 97...
13 Total Articles on this Issue

Native American History Month

article Burt Lake Burnout highlights Biostation history, federal recognition efforts (11/18/2018)
(Michigan) -- Students and faculty gathered Friday night for a Native American Heritage Month event, a historical discussion of the Burt Lake Burnout led by historian...
1 Article on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe holds powwow, aims for federal recognition (11/13/2018)
(Florida) -- Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came to Santa Rosa County for a Native American celebration that recalled the old ways, with native songs and dances,...
article 7 area American Indian tribes gather to celebrate long-awaited federal recognition (10/4/2018)
(Virginia) -- Seven local American Indian Tribes celebrated their federal tribal recognition with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday. The event took...
article Virginia's Indian tribes celebrate federal recognition (10/4/2018)
(Virginia) -- On land once occupied by their ancestors, members of seven Virginia Indian tribes gathered Wednesday to celebrate being formally recognized by the federal...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill (7/9/2018)
(Montana) -- A bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill this week. H.R.3764,...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article Push is on for EW casino: Pequots, state urge federal approval, cite political pressure (10/19/2018)
(Connecticut) -- The state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe are pushing again for federal approval that would allow a casino in East Windsor. They asked Wednesday to...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article Amendment 13: Dog racing (10/5/2018)
(Florida) -- An amendment on the ballot in November could spell the end of the nearly 90-year-old greyhound racing industry. It's Amendment 13. If approved by voters...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Indian territory again? An old Oklahoma murder case spotlights tribal sovereignty (9/10/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Set beside a gravel county road, the painted cross stands chest-high in a small circle of bricks, brushed by tall grass and black-eyed Susans and daisies....
1 Article on this Issue

Ruffey Rancheria

article Siskiyou-area tribe’s reinstatement questioned (8/6/2018)
(California) -- A move to restore federal tribal recognition to a long defunct Siskiyou County Indian rancheria has received a major blow. Research done by a college...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article What sovereignty means for America’s Indian tribes (7/15/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- AMID the headline-grabbing news from the Supreme Court this term—the travel ban upheld, Anthony Kennedy’s retirement—came...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article OP/ED: An alternative view of tribal sovereignty (3/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- In a March 10 column, Mary Bishop correctly stated that tribal sovereignty is not dependent on the existence of Indian country. She sounded fearful of that...
article Oh give me a home fashion show highlighting tribes lack of federal recognition (3/20/2019)
(Montana) -- It's the official start of Western Art Week, and while we tend to think of paintings during this time. One artist is showing us the fashion side with a...
article Indian tribe official to discuss federal recognition (2/28/2019)
(Virginia) -- Wayne Adkins, first assistant chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, will discuss how federal tribal recognition is defined, what is required to obtain it...
article Tribal leaders address Minnesota lawmakers during 'Sovereignty Day' (2/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Tribal leaders from across Minnesota gathered together Monday for what they are calling a "historic event" - to stand up for their sovereign...
article Sovereignty Day: Tribal Leaders Visit State Capitol, Raise Awareness Of Native Issues [video] (2/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Today is President's Day. But at the Minnesota House of Representatives, it's Sovereignty Day. A chance for people to learn about tribal history...
article Little Shell Tribe recoginition turned down in Senate (12/20/2018)
(Montana) -- After sailing through the US House, the US Senate asked for a consent vote to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe.
article Recognition of the tribes (10/12/2018)
(Virginia) -- The grounds of Werowocomoco in Gloucester County have seen a great deal of history dating back at least 800 years, centuries before the first Europeans...
article Seven Virginia Tribes Celebrate Federal Recognition on York River (10/9/2018)
(Virginia) -- Tribal leaders from seven Virginia tribes gathered this week to celebrate the recognition they’ve finally received from the federal government.
article Tribe Seeks Reconsideration On Federal Jurisdiction Ruling (10/5/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has pushed back against a recent Department of the Interior decision with a new lawsuit filed in the US District Court for...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees major progress on federal recognition bill (9/10/2018)
(Montana) -- With time running out in the 115th Congress, a bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking a major step...
article Pacific County tribal nation could see recognition (6/25/2018)
(Oregon) -- A federal judge says a Native American tribe who lived on the Willapa can proceed with seven of eight legal claims as part of its long effort to gain federal...
article Chinook Tribe Has Its Day In Court, But Still Faces Long Road To Recognition (5/9/2018)
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Nation is taking its fight for federal recognition into the courtroom. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton heard oral...
article Burgeo Mi'kmaq split off to form Newfoundland's newest Aboriginal band (4/25/2018)
(North Canada) -- Disenchanted by the Qalipu First Nation Band's enrolment process, a group of Indigenous people in Burgeo have decided to form their own Mi'kmaq...
article The Monacan Nation has been in Central Virginia for hundreds of years. This year, it finally received federal recognition. (2/17/2018)
(Virginia) -- They’ve been persecuted, ignored, had their identity altered and their existence denied, but descendants of those who greeted the first American...
article OP/ED: What Pocahontas’s Heirs Need Isn’t a New Reservation (2/17/2018)
(New York) -- This may sound like a news flash from the 19th century, but it happened last month: The president signed a little-noticed bill officially recognizing six...
article RADIO: Why A Local American Indian Tribe Doesn’t Want Official Recognition (2/6/2018)
(Virginia) -- Last week, the Trump administration granted federal recognition to six American Indian tribes in Virginia. The move makes those tribes eligible for federal...
article Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (2/5/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill (H.R.4864) introduced by South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem and...
article US Recognizes 6 Virginia Native American Tribes (1/31/2018)
(Virginia) -- Stephen Adkins, chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Charles County, Virginia, could not be happier: Monday, President Donald Trump signed legislation...
article WASHBURN: Good News on Federal Recognition of Virginia Tribes (1/31/2018)
(Indian Country) -- Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states. It was not, of course, that...
article After 20 years, local Native American tribes finally given recognition (1/30/2018)
(Virginia) -- Native American tribes across the state, including right here in Hampton Roads, are about to get a big boost. On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a...

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