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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Federal Recognition

article The Duwamish people were here first. Should Seattleites pay them rent? (1/27/2020)
(Washington) -- To help right the wrongs of history, thousands of people are paying rent each month to the Duwamish Tribe. Called “Real Rent Duwamish,” the...
article Munsee Tribe in Kansas Works to Regain Federal Recognition (1/3/2020)
(Kansas) -- Connie Hildebrandt has long known she was Chippewa, but it wasn’t until 2005, when her hometown newspaper published a small announcement about a...
article Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe elects new chief who is focused on federal recognition status (12/24/2019)
(South Carolina) -- The Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe, comprised of nearly 400 Native Americans living in Dorchester and Colleton counties, will swear in a new chief in...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article Little Shell Celebrate Federal Recognition: "The Entire Thing Is About Identity" (1/27/2020)
(Montana) -- This weekend, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrated something generations have fought for and that 400 other U.S. tribes are without:...
article Senator Tester Applauds Little Shell Ruling (1/27/2020)
(Montana) -- Last month, the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe was recognized as a sovereign nation by the federal government, which Montana Senator Jon Tester has been urging...
article "Waiting for the day that never comes is over!" Little Shell Tribe celebrates federal recognition after years of struggle (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- Just a month ago, Little Shell of Chippewa Creek in the Electric City became the 574th federally recognized tribe, after a long journey spanning roughly a...
article Historic celebration held for Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians had a celebration on Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls to mark their recent federal recognition after a...
article Montana American Indian tribe celebrates federal recognition (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- Hundreds of members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana gathered Saturday to celebrate recent federal recognition, lining up outside...
article 'We knew it was going to happen:' Little Shell celebrates federal recognition (1/25/2020)
(Montana) -- It's been a long road to federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, but on Saturday it was time to celebrate. Nearly...
article ‘We are building a country now': Little Shell celebrates federal recognition (1/25/2020)
(Montana) -- For decades, members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe called the day they would get federal recognition “the day that never comes.” Not...
article Little Shell Tribe celebrates being federally recognized (1/24/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe will have a commemoration Saturday night in honor of receiving federal recognition. The Tribe will have to buy 200 acres of land...
article Montana tribe to celebrate federal recognition with public (1/7/2020)
(Montana) -- A Native American tribe in Montana has planned a celebration after recently gaining federal recognition. The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of...
article Native tribe recognized by US government after long fight (12/28/2019)
(Montana) -- An American Indian tribe whose citizens were scattered after being denied a homeland more than a century ago has been formally recognized by the U.S....
article Native tribe recognized by US government after long fight (12/28/2019)
(Montana) -- An American Indian tribe whose citizens were scattered after being denied a homeland more than a century ago has been formally recognized by the U.S....
article President gives shout-out via Twitter to Little Shell Tribe (12/27/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump gave a shout-out Friday morning via Twitter to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, a week after he signed...
article 2019 a year of accomplishment and tragedy (12/26/2019)
(Montana) -- On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump went to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to sign the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which contained an...
article Little Shell federal recognition finally achieved (12/23/2019)
(Montana) -- A Montana Native American tribe finally has federal recognition as a tribe, something for which its members have been fighting for a century or more....
article Native tribe recognized by US government after long fight (12/22/2019)
(Montana) -- An American Indian tribe whose members were scattered after being denied a homeland more than a century ago has been formally recognized by the U.S....
article A big moment finally comes for the Little Shell: Federal recognition of their tribe (12/21/2019)
(Montana) -- Almost 130 years after their treaty negotiations with the U.S. government first fell apart, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has at last triumphed...
article Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians federally recognized after more than a century (12/21/2019)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe has been fighting for federal recognition for more than a century and as of Friday, their fight is over. On Friday, the National...
article Montana Tribe’s Long Recognition Struggle Clears Congress (12/19/2019)
(Montana) -- U.S. lawmakers granted formal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on Tuesday and directed federal officials to acquire land on the...
article 'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (12/18/2019)
(Montana) -- After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition. In a series of votes this week,...
article The Little Shell Tribe will be the newest Native American group recognized in the US (12/18/2019)
(Montana) -- After decades of trying, a group of Native Americans will receive federal recognition for the first time. The recogniton for the Little Shell Tribe of...
article Little Shell bill passes Congress, awaits president's OK (12/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The future of federal recognition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe now rests with President Donald Trump. The Senate on Tuesday voted 86-8 to...
article Little Shell Tribe federal recognition passes Congress, headed to president's desk (12/17/2019)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana has fought a decades-long battle to win federal recognition. Now, that effort is on its way to...
article Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa recognition: ‘This is amazing’ (12/17/2019)
(Montana) -- The U.S. Senate approved by a voice vote Tuesday a formal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians as the potential 574th federally...
article Gaining Federal Recognition for Montana’s Little Shell Tribe (12/16/2019)
(Montana) -- On June 20, 1782, six years after the Declaration of Independence and six years before ratification of the Constitution, the Second Continental Congress...
article Montana tribe's quest for recognition advances in Congress (12/12/2019)
(Montana) -- Congress is on the cusp of approving legislation to recognize the state's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Montana's congressional delegation...
article Montana's Little Shell Tribe moves closer to federal recognition (12/11/2019)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians is once again on the verge of winning a generations-long battle to be recognized by the federal government....
article Montana tribe's quest for recognition advances in Congress (12/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana lawmakers say Congress is on the cusp of approving legislation to recognize the state's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The...
article Federal recognition likely as Little Shell Chippewa Tribe bill moves forward (12/9/2019)
(Montana) -- The National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment giving federal recognition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, cleared a congressional...
28 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article COMMENTARY: Tobacco Minimum Age Law Should Raise a Red Flag for States' Rights Supporters (1/24/2020)
(North Carolina) -- ... The first piece of legislation is S.1368, also known as The Lumbee Recognition Act. Sponsored by North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom...
article Cherokee chief testifies against Lumbee recognition (1/8/2020)
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina, but that could change if a bill...
article Congress considers Lumbee recognition bill (12/7/2019)
(North Carolina) -- In 1885, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina received state recognition. Three years later, the tribe petitioned Congress for full recognition but the...
article Godwin confident after hearing on federal recognition (12/5/2019)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe’s chairman returned Thursday from Washington, D.C., highly encouraged that legislation granting the tribe federal recognition...
article Lumbee Tribe still fighting for federal recognition (12/5/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr. testified at a hearing Wednesday before a Congressional Subcommittee for Indigenous...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Tribes Unite to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon and Native Sovereignty (1/21/2020)
(Alaska) -- Canadian First Nations, Washington State Tribal leaders, and leaders from Native American regional and national organizations held a press conference to...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirms Red Lake sovereignty in DWI case (1/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed the sovereignty of Red Lake Nation in a recent decision about a DWI arrest from 2017. The decision issued Jan. 15...
1 Article on this Issue

Chinook Tribe

article Chinook tribe wins court battle; stage set to seek recognition (1/20/2020)
(Washington) -- A judge ruled Jan. 10 that a federal ban preventing the Chinook Indian Nation from reapplying for federal tribal recognition is unjustified. U.S....
article Court upholds Chinook challenge for recognition (1/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The federal district court for the Western District of Washington on Jan. 11 issued an order invalidating a Department of Interior rule that barred the...
article Chinook win court battle, path for federal recognition open (1/14/2020)
(Washington) -- A federal judge ruled Jan. 10 that a ban preventing the Chinook Indian Nation from reapplying for federal tribal recognition is unjustified. U.S....
article Judge Orders Feds to Reevaluate Tribal Recognition Rule (1/10/2020)
(Washington) -- A federal judge declined on Friday to order the government to allow the Chinook Indian Nation to reapply for federal recognition, but he did toss out the...
article Chinook Nation pursues tribal recognition in federal court (1/8/2020)
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Nation returned to federal court on Monday to carry forward their longstanding fight to re-petition the US government to restore...
article Judge calls out 'mischief' in treatment of Chinook (1/7/2020)
(Washington) -- During a hearing Monday, Jan. 6 over whether the Chinook Indian Nation will be able to reapply for federal recognition, the judge in the case called out...
article Chinook Tribe Still Fighting Government Erasure (1/6/2020)
(Washington) -- Bronze-cast carvings depicting the heroes of Chinook Indian mythology will soon greet visitors entering Seattle’s Burke Museum, their exploits...
article Chinook tribe back in court Monday on long quest to regain federal recognition (1/3/2020)
(Washington) -- The decades-long quest of Chinook tribal members to regain federal recognition gets another airing in court on Monday. A U.S. District Court judge is...
article Chinook Indian Nation organizing rally for court hearing (12/31/2019)
(Washington) -- he Chinook Indian Nation is asking supporters rally for a court hearing regarding the tribe’s right to reapply for federal recognition. The rally...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Unrecognized Tribes

article Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes change affecting Alaska tribal recognition (1/16/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska tribes seeking federal status will have to demonstrate more than 80 years of history under a new process proposed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Tribes hope Indian Land Claims Task Force will lead to recognition of sovereignty (1/13/2020)
(Maine) -- On Tuesday Jan. 14, the Maine Indian Claims Task Force will present to the Maine Judiciary Committee regarding the state of sovereignty of tribal societies in...
1 Article on this Issue

Election 2020

article Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone (12/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The presidential candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country is calling it quits. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock began his longshot campaign...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Task Force Report Calls For Sweeping Changes To Maine Tribes' Relationship To State Government (1/14/2020)
(Maine) -- A new report is proposing sweeping changes in the way Maine’s tribes interact with state government. The findings come from a task force charged with...
article DAVIS: The Battle Over Tribal Sovereignty: Case Takes Aim At The Use Of Third-Party Vendors (12/12/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Each of the 573 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States has its own unique culture and history, but they all share one...
article OP/ED: 'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (12/3/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- It was the first day of the impeachment inquiry hearings and the media and public swarmed around and inside the Longworth House Office Building....
article After 37 Years, One Yosemite Native American Tribe Is Still Fighting for Government Recognition (11/13/2019)
(California) -- After a nearly four-decade struggle for recognition from the United States government, the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation were informed by the federal...
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...

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