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Interior Department Disses U.S. House on Tribal Federal Recognition

What if Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, held a hearing on federal recognition of tribes and no one came? At least no one from the federal agency that handles tribal recognition issues?

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5/19/2015

article Mullane, others keep pressure on proposed tribal recognition changes
(Connecticut) -- In a meeting with federal Office of Management and Budget representatives in Washington, D.C. last week, the attorney representing North Stonington said...

5/18/2015

article Indians Struggle for Recognition in Their Own Land
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s original inhabitants are seeking formal recognition from the federal government, but they face opposition from casino interests and other...

5/11/2015

article Area Southern Cherokees seek federal recognition
(Missouri) -- After 12 years of research and documentation on their rich cultural heritage, a group of local Southern Cherokee Indians recently mailed three boxes full...
article BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribe
(California) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is asking the public about the organization of a new tribe in California. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation is already on the list...

5/4/2015

article Native American tribes in Louisiana still want federal status, newspaper says
(Louisiana) -- Several Native American tribes are still seeking federal recognition despite debate over rules that would make the process easier, according to the Houma...
article Mullane, Blumenthal hopeful proposed tribal recognition rule changes will get a “fair look”
(Connecticut) -- North Stonington First Selectman Nick Mullane and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said last week that an April 22 hearing in Washington about proposed...

4/30/2015

article Louisiana Tribe Renews Fight for Federal Recognition in the Face of Sinking Lands, Environmental Disasters
(Louisiana) -- On the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Houma Nation (UHN) of southern Louisiana is taking yet another stand in its...

4/26/2015

article Smithers: Pamunkey history is Virginia’s history
(Virginia) -- In late March, Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian Tribe received the disappointing news that a decision on its long-anticipated case for federal recognition...

4/23/2015

article BIA takes heat from CT lawmakers, others on Indian recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, hinted Wednesday he may have eliminated a provision in new tribal recognition rules that...
article Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for...

4/17/2015

article OP/ED: Virginia's Tribes Try Once Again
(Virginia) -- Getting legislation recognizing six of Virginia’s historic American Indian tribes through Congress has been a personal goal of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine...

4/13/2015

article Kaine: Monacan recognition hinges on floor-vote strategy
(Virginia) -- The bid to get federal recognition for the Monacan Indians and other Virginia tribes has enough votes to pass the Senate, provided it can make it to the...

4/7/2015

article Editorial: Pamunkey recogntion shouldn't be tied to tribal law
(Virginia) -- In 1763, at the tail end of the French and Indian War, Lord Jeffrey Amherst — commander of British forces in North America — wrote to Col....

4/1/2015

article Va. tribe faces more hurdles to recognition
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indians were supposed to learn this week whether they would become the first Virginia tribe to receive federal recognition — a status...

3/31/2015

article North Stonington first selectman cheers congressional review of tribal recognition
(Connecticut) -- The first selectman of North Stonington says he is relieved to see several Congress members are calling for a review of the rule changes for federal...
article Opinion: Let's start from place of respect
(California) -- A comment by Supervisor Mark Luce caught my attention while reading the article, "Judge rules against Wappo tribal recognition lawsuit" (March...

3/27/2015

article Decision delayed on federal recognition for Virginia Indian tribe
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indians — best known as the tribe of Pocahontas — will have to wait four more months to find out if its 35-year quest to become...
article Effort to Achieve Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes Gains Traction
(Virginia) -- An effort to achieve federal recognition for six Virginia Indian tribes has started to wind its way through Congress again. Supporters in the state have...

3/26/2015

article Lawmakers Urge More Study of US Tribal Recognition Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- Several congressional members called on the U.S. Interior Department Thursday to slow down an overhaul of the rules for granting federal recognition...
article Editorial: Moves by outside interests to block Pamunkey recognition are revolting
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian tribe will soon learn whether it will receive federal recognition, which would make it eligible for various benefits....

3/25/2015

article BIA expected to finalize changes to federal recognition process
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to finalize Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process in the next couple of months. The rules have...

3/23/2015

article Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges
(Washington D.C.) -- Rules under consideration that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition have a carve-out aimed at denying that status to...
article MGM Opposes Pamunkey Indian Tribe Federal Recognition
(Virginia) -- Members of Pamunkey Indian, the Virginia tribe that claims to have old traditions and to have greeted the first English settlers in the region, is...
article Pamunkey nation: Pocahontas' tribe seeks official recognition amid opposition from MGM casino giant
(Virginia) -- The Native American tribe that first met English settlers and which counts Pocahontas as one of its most famed ancestors, is fighting against powerful...
article Virginia Indian tribe's quest for federal recognition raises business, casino questions
(Virginia) -- A Virginia Indian tribe will learn by the end of the month if the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will recognize it as a federal tribe. If the Pamunkey Tribe...

3/19/2015

article Little Shell recognition bill advances
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines helped advance their bill Wednesday to grant federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa...
article U.S. Senate Committee Advances Bill to Recognize Little Shell Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill before Congress to grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced past a Senate committee....
article Tribes gain ground on U.S. recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- A Senate committee Wednesday cleared a bill that would grant federal recognition to six Virginia tribes, taking the first step toward matching...
article The Battle for Recognition
(Minnesota) -- How did a federally-recognized “non-removable” Indian tribe get removed? Members of the Sandy Lake Band north of McGregor have been trying to...

3/18/2015

article Senate Committee Advances Bill To Recognize Montana Tribe
(Montana) -- A bill before Congress to grant federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced past a Senate committee.

3/16/2015

article OP/ED: Spurning Chinook Tribe is incomprehensible
(Washington) -- The Washington State Senate’s 42-7 vote last week to require public schools to include the history of the state’s 29 federally recognized...

2/19/2015

article 6 Virginia Tribes Reattempt Federal Recognition through Act of Congress
(Virginia) -- Last Wednesday, several Virginia Congressmen reintroduced the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act in hopes that six...

2/16/2015

article Virginia Congressmen seek further Virginia Indian tribal recognition
(Virginia) -- Six Virginia Congressmen reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would grant six Virginia Indian tribes federal recognition. The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian...

2/14/2015

article Monacan tribe wants federal recognition, makes second bid to lawmakers
(Virginia) -- The group of Virginia congressmen backing a bid to get federal recognition for the Monacan Indians in Amherst County initially does not include local...

1/14/2015

article OP/ED: Recognition for Little Shell Tribe long overdue
(Montana) -- The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana features a stunning Lodge Rotunda room, within which are 12 wooden beams inscribed with...

1/12/2015

article OP/ED: Recognition for Little Shell long overdue
(Montana) -- The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana features a stunning Lodge Rotunda room, within which are 12 wooden beams inscribed with...

1/7/2015

article Little Shell leader thankful for delegation's help with federal recognition
(Montana) -- Little Shell Tribal Council Chairman Gerald Gray appreciated efforts of Montana's Congressional Delegation to get the tribe federal recognition. Sens....
article Montana senators seek federal recognition for tribe's members as American Indians
(Montana) -- Montana's U.S. senators are calling for formal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Cree by the federal government.

1/6/2015

article Legislators seeks Little Shell Tribe recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., used the first day of the 114 Congress to introduce a bill recognizing the Little Shell Tribe...
article Montana's Congressional delegation pushes for federal recognition of Little Shell Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- On the first day of the 114th Congress, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced a bill to grant the Little Shell Tribe of...

12/10/2014

article EDITORIAL: Pamunkeys deserve federal recognition despite past marriage ban
(Virginia) -- SEVERAL OF Virginia’s Indian tribes have been working for years to get official federal government recognition of their tribal status. It’s a...

12/3/2014

article MGM Resorts International asks Obama Administration to proceed with caution before granting federal recognition to Pamunkey Native American tribe of Virginia
(Virginia) -- A controversial plan to grant federal recognition to a Native American tribe in Virginia isn't just drawing opposition from the Congressional Black...

12/1/2014

article Tribe’s racial past becomes part of push to keep Virginia casino-free
(Virginia) -- The folks busy building the $925 million MGM National Harbor casino resort along the Potomac have largely kept quiet while some of their would-be rivals to...

11/28/2014

article Black House members urge halt to recognition of Va. Indian tribe that banned intermarriage
(Washington D.C.) -- Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe...

11/6/2014

article How Napa Could Get Casinos
(California) -- To Napa Valley winemakers, the idea of a giant casino or big-box store sprouting up amid their carefully manicured vineyards is almost too distressing to...
article OP/ED: Restore the Kingdom of Hawaii!
(Hawaii) -- Thank you and Aloha. I am very happy to be here today speaking with you. And I have one simple message that I want all the Kanaka Maoli to understand: There...

10/30/2014

article Federal deal reportedly reached to recognize native Hawaiians as Indian tribe
(Hawaii) -- Free Hawaii TV reported on October 29 that a deal has been reached between the Department of the Interior and the Obama administration to give federal...

10/29/2014

article BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About NCAI, Federal Recognition and More
(Washington D.C.) -- Kevin Washburn Interior Department’s Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs (AS-IA), holds the government’s top administrative...

10/27/2014

article Recognizing History / Tribal federal recognition “held hostage” by casino gambling
(California) -- The sun was rising over the remote Trinity Valley in Northeast California one day in April 1852 when a posse of 70 men raided a band of Wintu Indians...

10/15/2014

article For Some Native Tribes, Federal Recognition Remains Out of Reach
(Connecticut) -- The federal government recognizes 566 tribal governments within the United States. By all accounts, the process by which tribal entities apply for and...

10/7/2014

article Quest for federal recognition puts regional tribes at odds
(Oregon) -- In a fight for federal recognition, the Chinook Indian Nation and Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes are each bringing their own history books to the debate.
article Recognition move by Oregon tribe stirs Chinook concerns
(Oregon) -- Two Native American groups, each vying for federal recognition, are trying navigate paths to success without tripping on one another after Oregon U.S. Rep....

10/6/2014

article Sen. Kaine Pushes for Indian Recognition
(Virginia) -- Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is urging the Bureau of Indian Affairs to loosen requirements for federal recognition because six Virginia tribes...

10/3/2014

article Sen. Kaine asks BIA to be more flexible with federal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is facing criticism for its Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process but the agency has found a supporter in...

10/1/2014

article Connecticut presses BIA to scrap Indian recognition proposal
(Washington D.C.) -- The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to scrap proposed rule changes the state believes would lead...
article CT Delegation Concerned About More Casinos
(Connecticut) -- The state's Congressional delegation is unanimously opposing potential changes in federal rules that could allow Indian tribes to build more casinos...
article State tries to block new tribal casinos
(Connecticut) -- The state on Wednesday issued its formal opposition to proposed changes in federal Indian recognition rules in an effort to block new tribal casinos in...
article Kaine calls for flexibility in recognition process for Indian Tribes
(Virginia) -- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on a proposed rule regarding...

9/22/2014

article Federal Reforms Stir California Casino Debate [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) initiative to reform the administrative process for acknowledging American Indian groups is generating...
article Sups may challenge proposed changes to recognizing tribes
(California) -- The United States Department of Interior issued a proposed rule on May 22 that would revise the regulations governing the process and criteria by which...

9/17/2014

article Local leaders decry proposed tribal recognition changes
(Connecticut) -- Eastern Connecticut leaders are speaking out against a federal move to open up official recognition to more Native American tribes, demanding a voice in...

9/14/2014

article Monacan Indian Nation seeking economic boost
(Virginia) -- With federal recognition of its tribal status stalled, the Monacan Indian Nation is seeking to enhance the lives of its members through economic means.

9/10/2014

article California Counties Push Back On Proposal To Ease Federal Indian Recognition Process
(California) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has encountered opposition to its proposed revision to the regulations governing the process for tribes to gain...

9/4/2014

article Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes new rules for recognizing tribes, including some in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Crowe’s Courtney Jordan discusses proposed Bureau of Indian Affairs rules, which would speed up petitioning process and deadlines for tribal...

9/3/2014

article California Counties Push Back On Proposal To Ease Federal Indian Recognition Process
(California) -- A proposed new rule would make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition, but some California counties -- notably, Napa County -- oppose the...

9/1/2014

article Viewpoints: Don’t loosen tribal recognition rules
(California) -- If the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has its way, California may experience another Gold Rush. But unlike the one in 1848, this one will result in too...
article Some tribes strive for recognition
(Iowa) -- Some say it’s a change that has been almost a century in the making. Others say it’s a change that won’t really change much at all in Iowa.
article SE Texas' Atakapa tribe seeking federal designation
(Texas) -- It was dusk, and her 10-year-old son was not yet home. They lived on a farm in a thicket of trees north of Beaumont, on property white American men in 1910...

8/28/2014

article County hires lobbying firm to oppose federal recognition reforms
(California) -- Officials in Napa County, California, have hired a lobbying firm to fight reforms to the federal recognition process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The...
article Terrebonne Parish Council supports recognition of 2 tribe
(Louisiana) -- The Terrebonne Parish Council is supporting the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes' efforts to...

8/27/2014

article Terrebonne Parish Council supports tribal recognition
(Louisiana) -- The Terrebonne Parish Council is supporting the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes’ efforts to...

8/25/2014

article Nipmucs identify property for community center
(Massachusetts) -- When David "Tall Pine" White looks at the forested 42 acres at Birch Hill and Shea roads he sees a promising future for the Nipmuc Nation....

8/22/2014

article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe closes in on official federal recognition
(North Dakota) -- It appears the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe’s long wait for official recognition by the federal government will soon end. Members of the tribe...

8/21/2014

article 40 stories, No. 15: Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue
(Oregon) -- Four decades after other Oregon native tribes began winning federal restoration of their tribal status, the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue are still...

8/19/2014

article Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe begins fight for formal federal recognition
(Oregon) -- U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has introduced a bill in the U.S. House calling for federal recognition of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes.

8/18/2014

article Napa Wineries Fear Santa Barbara-Style Casino
(California) -- How would Napa Valley look with a casino and a 12-story hotel in the middle of the now-scenic horizon? That's the nightmare the county fears if the U...

8/16/2014

article Oregon coast tribe seeks federal recognition
(Oregon) -- An Oregon congresswoman wants federal recognition for the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes on the northern Oregon coast.

8/12/2014

article New rules might recognize more tribes, create new casinos
(Washington) -- As a proud Chinook Indian, Gary Johnson rejects the claim that his tribe in southwestern Washington state is extinct, even though that’s what the...
article As Feds Hold Hearings, Native Hawaiians Press Sovereignty Claims
(Hawaii) -- The issue of Hawaiian sovereignty has been a touchy subject in the Aloha State for decades. But the issue has been especially sensitive this summer as...

8/11/2014

article Municipal leaders call for Connecticut meeting on proposed changes in federal recognition of tribes
(Connecticut) -- Thirteen first selectmen and two mayors are calling for the U.S. Department of the Interior to conduct a public meeting in Connecticut on the proposed...

8/4/2014

article Washburn Hears Frustration, Anger Over Third Party Fed Rec Veto
(Massachusetts) -- Around 100 people attending a public session on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ proposed new rules for federal recognition broke into spontaneous...

8/1/2014

article OP/ED: Retain recognition rules
(Connecticut) -- The decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to postpone implementation of new rules that would make it easier for Indian tribes in the state to gain...

7/31/2014

article Tribes criticize veto provisions in BIA federal recognition rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of Connecticut tribes said state and local governments should not be able to veto their federal recognition petitions.

7/29/2014

article CT Politicians, Indian Tribes Escalate Fight Over Recognition Rule
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has done Gov. Dannel Malloy and the rest of Connecticut's government officials a huge favor by postponing the...
article Feds extend tribal recognition hearing, but Malloy wants more
(Connecticut) -- Citing significant public interest, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended the public comment period for a proposal that would change the...
article East Coast Indian tribes support Interior Dept. plan to relax federal recognition process
(Massachusetts) -- American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government's plan...

7/28/2014

article Mashpee Wampanoag to host federal tribal recognition forum
(Massachusetts) -- On Tuesday, July 29, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will host a tribal recognition forum at the Tribe's Community and Government Center, 483 Great...
article Cooperation needed in tribal effort at recognition
(Louisiana) -- The Terrebonne Parish Council last week passed a resolution supporting the United Houma Nation’s effort to receive federal recognition.

7/24/2014

article Luis Alejo responds to Native American bill criticism
(California) -- Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) strongly denied an interpretation Thursday of a bill he co-authored. Several Native American groups, who are not...
article Malloy calls for hearing on proposed changes in federal recognition of Indian tribes
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has written to the U.S. secretary of the Interior to complain about the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ failure to schedule a...

7/23/2014

article Attakapas tribe to gather in Opelousas
(Louisiana) -- Families can take a step back into the past this weekend while helping the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe build its future. Hundreds of tribal members...

7/22/2014

article Federal recognition a step closer, but local disagreements remain
(Louisiana) -- Proposed new rules for federal recognition of Native American tribes could bring local groups closer to that goal, their leaders agree. The changes,...
article Tribe gets support for federal recognition
(Louisiana) -- The Terrebonne Parish Council passed a resolution Monday in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
article OP/ED: A deserved '2nd bite at the apple'
(Connecticut) -- Dear Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn: The state of Connecticut's opposition to the Department of the Interior's initial proposed changes to...

7/21/2014

article CA Tribe Has New Recognition Hopes After Costly, Two-Decade Struggle
(California) -- The once federally recognized Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area has fought for more than two decades to regain its rights to sovereignty...

7/20/2014

article Terrebonne Parish Council to support tribal recognition
(Louisiana) -- The Terrebonne Parish Council will discuss a measure Monday in support of the United Houma Nation gaining official federal recognition.

7/9/2014

article Group fears plan could bring more casinos
(California) -- Plans to ease the criteria for Indian tribes to gain federal recognition are being criticized by a California gaming policy organization who worried...

7/3/2014

article Seeking justice: Chinook Tribe readies new federal recognition campaign
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Tribe is fighting once again for federal recognition after the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs proposed changes to rules governing the...

7/2/2014

article Native Hawaiian recognition: Hawaii Islanders get first chance to speak
(Hawaii) -- Locals speak first. That’s the new rule for hearings about Native Hawaiian sovereignty being held by the U.S. Department of Interior, following...

7/1/2014

article Native Hawaiians on Kauai angrily reject federal recognition
(Hawaii) -- Supporters of an independent Native Hawaiian nation were out in force Monday night to reject the possibility of federal recognition of a native government in...
article Proposed Changes To Tribal Recognition Hold Both Promise And Pitfalls
(Washington) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules that determine how a tribe becomes officially recognized in the eyes of the feds. The...

6/27/2014

article No Aloha: Native Hawaiians Against Interior’s Relationship Proposal
(Hawaii) -- The Interior Department asked in a recent press release if the United States and the Native Hawaiian community should enter into a government-to-government...

6/25/2014

article Working on Acknowledgment – Interior’s New Hawaiian Recognition Initiative
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 18, the Interior Department issued a press release announcing it is taking “a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-...

6/24/2014

article Seeking justice / Chinook Tribe readies new federal recognition campaign
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Tribe is fighting once again for federal recognition after the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs proposed changes to rules governing the...

6/23/2014

article Native Hawaiians React To Federal Officials In An Emotional Public Hearing
(Hawaii) -- Dozens of Native Hawaiian speakers expressed anger and mistrust with the federal government Monday during the first of a series of meetings that could lead...
article Native Hawaiians express anger at federal government in first meeting about tribal recognition
(Hawaii) -- Some Native Hawaiians are expressing anger at the federal government in the first of a series of meetings that could lead to federal recognition of the group...
article Ponca tribe’s long journey may get US recognition
(Nebraska) -- A Nebraska congressman says he’ll seek federal recognition and a special designation for the trail the Ponca tribe took during a forced march more...

6/18/2014

article Native Hawaiian recognition takes big step
(Hawaii) -- Native Hawaiian recognition took a major step when the Obama Administration said it will consider procedures to re-establish a political relationship with...

6/12/2014

article Eastern Pequots 'outraged' at provision in proposed federal-recognition changes
(Connecticut) -- In their first public reaction to the U.S. government’s proposed reform of the federal recognition process for Indian tribes, the Eastern Pequots...

5/30/2014

article BLOG: Hawaiian Soverignty by Fiat?
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 27, 2014, the Obama Administration issued an advance notice of proposed rule-making stating that it “is considering whether to propose...

5/28/2014

article Native Hawaiians would be ‘Indians’ under Obama plan
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration is quietly moving again to bypass Congress on yet another policy issue, this time by enacting the much-disputed bill that...
article Obama administration offers path to federal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other supporters of federal recognition for Native Hawaiians are applauding a proposal that came down from the...
article US may pursue relationship with Native Hawaiians
(Hawaii) -- The federal government is considering re-establishing a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians, just weeks after the head of the Office...
article New bill would restore state recognition of Montaukett tribe
(New York) -- Two Long Island legislators have introduced state legislation that would immediately restore state recognition to the Montaukett Indians, six months after...
article Still struggling with the Native American identity
(Connecticut) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs this month tinkered with proposed changes that would have made it easier for Native American tribes to receive...
article BLOG: Obama Administration Proposes Path To Federal Recognition Of Native Hawaiians
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has floated a proposal that would provide a path for Native Hawaiians to be treated similarly to members of an Native...

5/26/2014

article Q&A: Kevin Washburn on New Proposed Federal Recognition Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- On Thursday, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced the publication in the Federal Register of proposed new regulations that...
article BIA plans separate meets for recognized, non-recognized tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is planning to hold separate meetings for recognized and non-recognized tribes as part of its push to reform the...

5/25/2014

article New BIA rules could produce havoc
(Connecticut) -- Proposed changes easing the requirements for Indian tribes to gain federal recognition would endanger the integrity of the process, while potentially...
article Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes revising rules for recognizing Native American tribes
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday announced proposed changes to the rules for granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes, revisions...
article Federal Recognition Proposal Praised -- Except for CT's 'Third Party' Veto
(Connecticut) -- Indian country has welcomed a set of proposed regulations to reform the federal recognition process, but a provision that would hand third parties veto...

5/22/2014

article Battles Brewing Over Proposed New Tribal Recognition Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department announced Thursday its long-awaited new rules for granting federal recognition to Native American tribes--but some lawmakers...
article BIA latest recognition proposal is blow to CT tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s political establishment were fearful the Bureau of Indian Affairs would throw a bomb in the form of new regulations allowing new...
press release Interior Proposes Reform of Federal Acknowledgment Regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced publication of proposed regulations...
article Obama Pushes Change That Could Pave Way For More Indian Casinos In State
(Connecticut) -- The Obama administration released proposed regulations Thursday that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition, a move that...
article US proposes changes to tribal recognition rules
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday announced proposed changes to the rules for granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes, revisions...

5/21/2014

article Schaghticoke recogntion quest resurfaces in Kent
(Connecticut) -- The possibility of Schaghticoke tribal recognition touched Kent again recently. U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., spoke at a recent gathering at...

5/15/2014

article More Casinos Headed to Connecticut?
(Connecticut) -- Could more casinos be coming to Connecticut? The odds are better than ever for three state recognized tribes fighting for federal recognition, despite...

5/13/2014

article Little Shell tribe optimistic of federal recognition
(Montana) -- Leaders of an American Indian tribe in Montana awaiting federal recognition told Gov. Steve Bullock in a recent tribal summit they believe they are closer...

4/16/2014

article Native Sun News: Little Shell Tribe gets closer to recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians, after more than 35 years of attempts to become a federally recognized tribe, is now beginning to see...

4/9/2014

article Monacan tribe one step closer to achieving federal recognition
(Virginia) -- The Monacan Indian Nation, Amherst County’s original inhabitants, now is one step closer to receiving federal recognition of its indigenous status.

4/8/2014

article Michigan group seeks recognition as Indian tribe
(Michigan) -- An Indian group has asked the federal government for recognition as a tribe. The Daily News of Escanaba reports that the Mackinac Tribal Nation filed the...

4/7/2014

article U.P. tribe sues for recognition by feds
(Michigan) -- A lawsuit by the Mackinac Tribal Nation seeking federal recognition has been filed against the Secretary of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
article D'ERRICO: Casino Wars: Friends, Enemies, and States
(Connecticut) -- On March 6, 2014, the Connecticut Post newspaper published an editorial—"Some Indians are inconvenient"—blasting Connecticut...

4/3/2014

article Senate panel approves Little Shell recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians is moving closer to the federal recognition it has sought for 35 years.
article US recognition of Va. tribes moves forward
(Virginia) -- Legislation that would grant long-sought federal recognition of six Virginia Indian tribes is headed to the full U.S. Senate.
article Virginia Indian Tribes move one step closer to federal recognition
(Virginia) -- Six Virginia Indian tribes have once again moved one small step closer to receiving federal recognition. Legislation that would grant the tribes...

4/2/2014

article Panel: Yes to federal recognition of tribe
(Montana) -- A key Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation that would grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of...

3/18/2014

article Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate
(Connecticut) -- Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear...

3/9/2014

article Va. Cherokee tribe told to wait in recognition bid
(Virginia) -- Maybe they needed a celebrity — say, someone like Wayne Newton — to make their pitch. But they didn't have one, and a delegation from...

3/8/2014

article Kent Schaghticoke Tribal Leader Blasts Malloy Over Rules
(Connecticut) -- A review that is expected to produce new U.S. rules for recognizing American Indian tribes as early as this summer is stirring up heat in Connecticut,...

3/5/2014

article EDITORIAL: Easing Tribal Recognition Standards A Bad Idea
(Connecticut) -- Unless it can be stopped, Connecticut is about to get rolled by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is so angry about this that he...
article Federal tribe recognition debated
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut leaders, including Gov. Dannel Malloy, are opposing a federal proposal that would streamline the process of three American Indian tribes...

3/4/2014

article Tribal leader blasts Gov. Malloy over US rules
(Connecticut) -- A review that is expected to produce new U.S. rules for recognizing American Indian tribes as early as this summer is stirring up heat in Connecticut,...

3/3/2014

article Malloy to Obama: Block new tribal recognition
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is asking President Barack Obama to block proposed changes in the criteria for federally recognizing Indian tribes that could hand...

2/20/2014

article Local tribes share their struggle for federal recognition in panel discussion Saturday
(California) -- In California alone, there are more than 100 Native American tribes waiting to be recognized by the federal government.

2/8/2014

article Tolowa Recognition Denied
(California) -- The Tolowa Nation’s bid for federal recognition has been denied. Interior Department Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn...

1/31/2014

article Video: Pamunkey Tribe Steps Closer to Federal Recognition
(Virginia) -- On January 17, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced the Pamunkey Indian Tribe had become one step closer to becoming the...

1/30/2014

press release Bureau of Indian Affairs Publishes Updated Federally Recognized Tribes List
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published in the Federal Register on Jan. 29 a notice with the updated listing of all federally recognized tribes...

1/27/2014

article Nipmuc Nation files federal suit seeking recognition as tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Nipmuc Nation today asked a federal court to overturn prior government decisions and grant the nation official status as an Indian Tribe —...

1/17/2014

article Tribal nations are tired of waiting for Uncle Sam to recognize them
(Arizona) -- Four centuries ago, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape were spread along the coasts of what is now New Jersey and Delaware. “They encountered John Smith of...
article Pamunkey Indian Tribe One Step Closer to Federal Recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, was a historic day for one Virginia tribe, as Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced the Pamunkey Indian...

1/13/2014

article Town action surprises tribe, county
(Wisconsin) -- The decision last week by the Town Board of Brothertown to not support the Brothertown Indian Nation in their quest for federal tribal recognition has...

12/24/2013

article Pamunkey Indian Tribe still awaits decision on federal recognition
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is still awaiting a decision that could finally grant them recognition by the federal government. Federal recognition could open...

12/10/2013

article The Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes seek federal recognition
(Oregon) -- When Dick Basch reflects on the many trials and trails of his ancestors, he finds his people’s very presence on the North Coast remarkable. “It...

11/18/2013

article Cedric Sunray: MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians seek their day
(Alabama) -- In 2004, the former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Gover (Pawnee) -- who denied the MOWA Choctaw petition after only two days on the job --...

10/31/2013

article Little Shell Tribe seeks federal recognition through bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration supports legislation from Montana’s senators that would grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell...

10/30/2013

article U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan testifies to support Lumbee Recognition Act
(North Carolina) -- After various legislators have spent more than two decades pushing to federally recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan...

10/20/2013

article Efforts have gone on for years to get Brothertown recognition
(New York) -- Note: This is the second of three stories featuring the Brothertown Indians and their quest for federal recognition. Last week focused on early tribe...

10/2/2013

article Connecticut, Tribes Collide on Federal Rule
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequots, operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the Mohegans, owners of the Mohegan Sun casino, are by far the highest-profile Indian...

10/1/2013

article Inside Interior: U.S. cabinet department that controls tribal gaming looks to change policy on recognition, casino land/trust
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Interior Department efforts to fix a “broken” system of federal recognition and assist American Indian tribes seeking new lands for...

9/29/2013

article State Attorney General Fights Tribal Recognition Changes
(Connecticut) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to make it easier for tribes to get federal recognition, but Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Gov....

9/18/2013

article Lumbees uninterested right now in casino business
(North Carolina) -- The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has filed an application with federal officials to buy 16 acres along Interstate 85 in Cleveland...

9/17/2013

article Tribal media blast Blumenthal
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is getting ripped in media outlets owned by American Indians, including a leading online publication that...
article EDITORIAL: ‘Streamlining’ dubious claims
(South Carolina) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has its hands full these days. In addition to administering federal programs for 566 recognized Indian tribes,...

9/11/2013

article Pamunkey Tribe still awaiting federal recognition
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is still waiting on a decision that could finally grant them recognition from the United States government.

9/3/2013

article Tribal hopes rise with new BIA rules
(Washington) -- American Indian law has to be among the most esoteric specialties in the legal field, and yet a possible change in one fundamental aspect of it has the...
article Editorial: Chinook hopes rise with new BIA rules
(Oregon) -- American Indian law has to be among the most esoteric specialties in the legal field, and yet a possible change in one fundamental aspect of it has the...

9/2/2013

article A people with no place: Story of landless tribe told by historian
(Montana) -- Ever since walking out on fraudulent treaty negotiations by the U.S. government in 1892, the Little Shell Tribe of Montana has been a landless tribe. For...
article La. tribes look to change in federal recognition rules
(Louisiana) -- The United Houma Nation Indian tribe and other southern Louisiana tribal groups are hopeful that possible rules changes in the federal recognition process...

8/30/2013

article New Rules for Recognizing Indian Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has decided to amend federal rules for recognizing American Indian tribes, making it easier for those lacking the...
article Connecticut delegation faults US tribal recognition plan
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Interior Department to scrap proposed rules changes that could make it easier for American...
article State delegation opposes tribal recognition changes
(Connecticut) -- Proposed rule changes that American Indian groups say could help bring more casinos to Connecticut are coming under criticism from the state's...

8/29/2013

article Federal recognition of local tribe near
(Alaska) -- Melanee Stevens, Youth Activities Director for Qutekcak Native Tribe, has been working at the tribe’s administrative center on Third Avenue for close...
article Delegation Opposes Tribal Recognition Plan
(Connecticut) -- Worried members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation have united to plead with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject a proposed change...

8/27/2013

article Lumbee welcome changes to federal recognition; won't effect their status
(North Carolina) -- Proposed changes to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' process for recognizing American Indian tribes will not affect the Lumbee Tribe of North...
article The Schaghticoke: A recognition question
(Connecticut) -- The polished granite monument designating the final resting places of James Harris, his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Elsie, stands out in the small...

8/26/2013

article Overhauled Process May Help Tribes Gain Recognition
(Connecticut) -- A proposal by the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs could help tribes across the United States achieve long-sought federal recognition.
article Siwy: Is the Obama administration’s tribe acceptance reform misguided?
(Pennsylvania) -- The Associated Press says the process has been described as “slow, inconsistent and overly susceptible to political influence.”

8/10/2013

article Hartford Courant Joins Blumenthal’s Anti-Indian Campaign
(Connecticut) -- It’s the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States. George Washington placed an ad in it to lease part of his Mount Vernon land...

8/7/2013

article OP/ED: Feds Would Open Door To 'Casino Tribes'
(Connecticut) -- The issues around Indian gaming ought to be well behind us in this state, resolved two decades ago by Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. But the Bureau of...

8/5/2013

article Critics Contend New Regulations Could ‘Open Flood Gates’ To Tribal Casinos [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- Anti-gambling groups and at least one member of Congress contend proposed new U.S. Department of Interior regulations for the federal recognition of...

8/4/2013

article A question of recognition / Proposed rule changes could impact tribal status and renew a division between factions
(Connecticut) -- The polished granite monument designating the final resting places of James Harris, his wife, Sarah, and their daughter Elsie, stands out in the small...

7/31/2013

article Connecticut Towns Join Sen. Blumenthal’s Anti-Indian Campaign
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut officials have jumped on Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s bandwagon of opposition to the Interior Department’s proposed revisions to...

7/29/2013

blog Dave Palermo: Interior moves to fix a ‘broken’ federal recognition system
(Washington D.C.) -- A “discussion draft” of new rules intended to fix a broken system of federal recognition of American Indian tribes is the topic of a...

7/26/2013

article BENEDICT: Feds Opening Door To More Casinos
(Connecticut) -- Just as the shine has come off Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, known as the BIA, has a new plan that could push more...
article DALY: Another chance for recognition
(Connecticut) -- That Chief Quiet Hawk of the Golden Hill Paugussett Indians wore sharkskin suits and looked more like Little Richard than, say, Geronimo was, I believe...

7/25/2013

article Feds hear about Indian tribe recognition proposal
(California) -- Federal officials heard testimony Thursday in Solvang on proposed changes to the process for Native American tribes to get recognized, a procedure...

7/24/2013

article Kent could face tribal recognition issue again
(Connecticut) -- Bruce Adams came away from a meeting with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy with "renewed hope" his town of Kent will be...

7/23/2013

article Public meeting Thursday on tribe recognition proposal/ Kevin Washburn won't be in attendance
(California) -- Proposed changes to federal acknowledgment regulations for Native American tribes are to be presented Thursday in Solvang.

7/22/2013

article Preston leader calls for CT hearings on tribal proposals
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs should hold hearings in Connecticut on proposed changes that would make it easier for two local tribes to become...
article Federal official to speak on Indian tribe recognition proposal
(California) -- Indian Affairs official Kevin K. Washburn is scheduled to speak Thursday in Solvang about proposed changes to federal acknowledgment regulations for...

7/18/2013

article Tribal "upheaval" could create new casinos
(Connecticut) -- A proposed change in how Indian tribes are federally recognized could revive long dormant plans to build an Indian casino in Bridgeport and elsewhere in...

7/10/2013

article Changes Proposed in Process to Obtain Tribal Recognition
(Connecticut) -- First Selectman Bruce Adams met with representatives of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty Tuesday to discuss...

7/9/2013

article Why Queen recognises a US tribe but US government does not
(Virginia) -- Six Native American tribes in the US state of Virginia are campaigning to win formal recognition from the federal government.

7/8/2013

article Tribal Recognition Will be Easier Under New Rules
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots have enjoyed the top spot as the only two federally recognized Indian tribes in this state but they may soon...

7/3/2013

article Congressman McDermott tries for Duwamish Tribe federal recognition again
(Washington D.C.) -- 7th Congressional District Congressman Jim McDermott reintroduced the Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act (H.R. 2442) on July 1 in hopes of finally...

7/1/2013

article Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act reintroduced by Cong. Jim McDermott
(Washington) -- The Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act (H.R. 2442) has been reintroduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) to grant federal recognition to the Duwamish Tribe of...

6/29/2013

article BIA floats new tribe status rules
(Connecticut) -- First Selectman Nicholas Mullane II is calling proposed changes in the federal government's recognition of Indian tribes "a major relaxing...
article Indian Affairs’ new regulations concern North Stonington
(Connecticut) -- The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering changes to the procedure tribes must follow to gain federal recognition. In this town, that could...

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