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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Tunica-Biloxi

article Tunica-Biloxi Tribe celebrates 38th year of federal recognition (10/4/2019)
(Louisiana) -- The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe celebrated the 38th anniversary of the tribe’s federal recognition on Sept. 25. A large crowd of tribal and non-tribal...
article Tunica-Biloxi celebrates 38 years as a federally recognized indian tribe (9/24/2019)
(Louisiana) -- The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will commemorate the 38th anniversary of their Federal Acknowledgement with a celebration. The ceremony will be held...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Tuscarora Nation

article Tuscaroras will appeal recognition rejection (10/3/2019)
(North Carolina) -- After the rejection of a bid for state recognition in September by the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, a confederacy of Tuscarora tribes...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Schaghicoke Tribe

article Schaghticoke tribe will likely seek federal recognition again, Kent officials say (10/2/2019)
(Connecticut) -- The town, Kent School and the state of Connecticut are gearing up for another bid by the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe to seek federal recognition from the...
article CT Schaghticoke Indian group wants recognition, land, casino (6/22/2019)
(Connecticut) -- From the quiet woods cradling the Housatonic River, Chief Alan Russell is launching a monumental, long-shot effort to bring land, community, prosperity...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article A Multigenerational Fight for Tribal Recognition Is Almost Over (9/30/2019)
(Montana) -- On a hot August afternoon, tribal elder Phyllis McGillis stepped onto the sun-baked porch of her trailer home in Great Falls, Montana and looked down the...
article Lawmakers continue push for Little Shell federal recognition (9/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- With the clock ticking on this year’s session, the members of Montana’s congressional delegation are continuing to work on passing...
article U.S. Senate approves federal recognition of Little Shell Tribe (6/28/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is one step closer to achieving federal recognition. The United States Senate, with support from Montana...
article Little Shell bill clears big hurdle in Senate (6/27/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- An amendment to federally recognize the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe tucked inside a defense bill passed Thursday in the U.S. Senate, bringing the...
article Montana's Little Shell closer than ever to federal recognition (6/27/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana’s Little Shell Band of Chippewa Cree Indians inched closer to federal recognition Thursday, with the Senate approval. With Thursday...
article 'We're getting it done': Montana's Little Shell tribe close to federal recognition (6/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal recognition for Montana’s Little Shell Band of Chippewa Cree Indians has been added to a must-pass U.S. defense bill, which the state...
article Little Shell Recognition Added As Amendment To National Defense Bill (6/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester found a new place for a bill that federally recognizes the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Last...
article Daines, Tester advance bill in Senate to federally recognize Little Shell Tribe (6/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana’s congressional delegation made a successful bipartisan push Wednesday to advance legislation that would, for the first time,...
article Senators optimistic Little Shell bill will pass soon (6/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana’s two U.S. senators said Wednesday they are optimistic the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe will finally get federal recognition after they...
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...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Southern University Law Center will assist United Houma Nation obtain federal recognition (9/21/2019)
(Louisiana) -- The Southern University System Board of Supervisors approved a partnership between the United Houma Nation and the university’s law center to...
1 Article on this Issue

Pokagon Band

article Pokagon Band to mark 25-year milestone of sovereignty (9/20/2019)
(Indiana) -- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will commemorate Saturday an important milestone, marking the 25th anniversary of the reaffirmation of its...
article Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Reaffirmation of Sovereignty (9/19/2019)
(Michigan) -- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will commemorate a very important milestone in its history on September 21, 2019, the 25th Anniversary of the Reaffirmation...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article 450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts (9/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that...
article Virginia Gov. Northam Signs Deal Expanding Mattaponi Reservation (8/27/2019)
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a land trust agreement that transfers more than 100 acres of land to the Mattaponi Indian Reservation. The governor...
article Governor Northam Signs Land Trust Agreement with the Mattaponi Tribe (8/26/2019)
(Virginia) -- Governor Ralph Northam today announced the signing of a land trust agreement with the Mattaponi Indian Tribe. The agreement will formally transfer over 100...
article BLOG: End Federal Control of Tribal Lands (5/22/2019)
(Alabama) -- There are 326 Native American reservations across the country with a total of approximately 1,150,000 residents, and another four million Native Americans...
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...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Indigenous food sovereignty examined in book by KU prof (8/3/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Sustainability. Locally sourced. Farm-to-table.These are familiar concepts to Americans who are hoping to improve their eating habits.But the term that...
1 Article on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article D.G. Martin: What are facts behind Lumbee dispute? (7/2/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based...
article A nod to Sen. Burr, Lumbee for continuing the recognition push (6/25/2019)
(North Carolina) -- In a single 650-word opinion piece, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr sounded both like a man who didn’t care, and one who cared too much. It was clear in...
article Godwin optimistic on recognition after DC trip (6/7/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribe Chairman Harvey Godwin returned this week from his annual trek to Washington, D.C., to lobby for congressional passage of federal...
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...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Allergan Patent

article State Sovereignty 101: State Universities Not Immune to IPR Proceedings (6/17/2019)
(USA) -- School may be out for the summer, but public colleges and universities would do well to spend their break shoring up strategies and defenses against potential...
1 Article on this Issue

Labor & Tribes

article Pauma Band loses labor case: sovereignty has its limits (5/31/2019)
(California) -- The Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians recently came to the end of the appeal process when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 9th...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Hunting, Conservation, Statehood, and Tribal Rights Addressed In Latest Supreme Court Decision (5/24/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Are members of Native American Tribes permitted to hunt off of a reservation? What considerations must states make? At the start of this week, the...
1 Article on this Issue

Payday Loans

article Second Circuit Decision has Implications for Native American Sovereign Immunity and Predatory Lending Practices (5/10/2019)
(Montana) -- On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in the case of Gingras v. Think Finance, Inc., 2019 WL 1780951 (2d...
1 Article on this Issue

Métis

article Quebec community looks to the Supreme Court of Canada for recognition of Métis rights (4/29/2019)
(Quebec) -- It's been over a decade since Ghislain Corneau first brought his fight to the Quebec courts seeking recognition of constitutional rights-bearing Métis to...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Study examines how tribes have used treaty rights to successfully halt energy development on indigenous lands (4/24/2019)
(Kansas) -- The protests at Standing Rock in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline brought international attention to energy development on tribal...
1 Article 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...
1 Article 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

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

Other News

article What is tribal sovereignty? An expert explains (9/29/2019)
(North Dakota) -- “Sovereignty” was a go-to term for Democratic hopefuls at the Native American Presidential Candidate Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, last month...
article Calif. Tribe Says Feds Ignoring Calls For Recognition Of Gov't (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(California) -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming in D.C. federal court the agency has failed to respond to...
article Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? (9/11/2019)
(California) -- Acjachemen tribal members said they hope to end delays that have dragged out for 4 years efforts to build a small simulated Native American village in a...
article Proponents of new state hold meeting in Moses Lake (9/7/2019)
(Washington) -- Proponents of a plan to split Washington into two states held a meeting in Moses Lake that organizers called an attempt to clear up misconceptions about...
article Congresswoman Haaland and Sen. Warren Release Proposal To Address Chronic Underfunding and Barriers to Sovereignty in Indian Country (8/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- United States Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and the first Native woman to preside over...
article These 'weeds' could fill in the nutrition gap in low-income communities (8/10/2019)
(USA) -- Have you ever considered who defines a weed, or how plants get demoted into that category? It seems any plant that survives human “progress” is...
article Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (8/8/2019)
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Tribe of Cupeño Indians has been rebuffed in its quest to gain federal recognition, representing another setback in a long a history of...
article Tribal leaders, lawmakers mull changes to tribal sovereignty (7/24/2019)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders and lawmakers in Maine have begun to work together on potential reforms to a 1980 agreement in hopes of spurring economic development and...
article Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Improve Federal-State-Local Coordination (7/24/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at improving the relationships between federal, state...
article Alaska must embrace tribal sovereignty: Sovereignty must exist in practice, not just in principle. (7/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska has struggled to improve its relationship with Alaska Natives for a long time now. Since the inception of the state, admission of the difficulty...
article House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas (6/22/2019)
(Texas) -- A bipartisan bill recognizing the sovereign rights of two tribes in Texas and placing them on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it...
article Report dings feds' consultation with tribes on projects (5/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of U.S. lawmakers and tribal leaders are calling attention to a watchdog report that says federal agencies need to improve their process of...
article Texas House passes bill giving San Antonio tribe state recognition (5/2/2019)
(Texas) -- A bill that would recognize the San Antonio-based Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation as a Native American Indian tribe passed unanimously in the Texas House last...
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...

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