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Tribal Recognition Will be Easier Under New Rules

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 have to make room for more.

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4/13/2016

article Waiting for the day that never comes
(Montana) -- Jackie Trotchie, a member of Montana's landless Little Shell tribe of Chippewa Indians, answers a knock on her apartment door. It opens to a kitchenette...
article Since You Asked: Nine recognized tribes in Oregon
(Oregon) -- There are a lot of stories about Native American tribes and tribal issues (i.e., casinos), but I've never seen a summary of how many tribes there are in...

4/7/2016

article A great frustration
(Washington) -- The house in Bay Center, Washington is weathered and gray; frayed blue tarps protect the leaky roof. Inside, two women are preparing eggs and baskets for...

3/28/2016

article Tortugas factions continue to shape debate about community’s future
(New Mexico) -- Local officials last week expressed their support — and lack thereof — for the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe’s effort to gain formal federal...

3/23/2016

article Dona Ana County Commissioners approve support for petition for local tribe's recognition
(New Mexico) -- The Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of the Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe got the support of Dona Ana County commissioners on Tuesday to petition to be...

3/22/2016

article City council holds off on statement of support for tribe
(New Mexico) -- After two different tribal groups expressed conflicting stances, Las Cruces city councilors voted Monday to indefinitely postpone action on a statement...
article County commission OK's statement supporting tribe
(New Mexico) -- Doña Ana County commissioners on Tuesday in a contentious vote OK'd a statement of support for a Las Cruces-based tribe that's attempting to gain...

3/8/2016

article Turtle Mountain documents could aid Little Shell tribe
(North Dakota) -- The hereditary chief of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians visited Great Falls on Tuesday, bringing with him historical documents that may...

3/4/2016

article Tribe Famous For Pocahontas Only Just Won Federal Recognition. Here's Why
(Virginia) -- After a 34-year-long fight, the Pamunkey tribe of Virginia, which claims Pocahontas as one of its ancestors, achieved federal recognition on Jan. 28. But...

2/29/2016

article CRIT reservation to celebrate 151 years as a federally recognized tribe
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes will celebrate the formation of their reservation March 3. The reservation was established by executive order issued by...

2/19/2016

article The Fight for Federal Recognition
(Louisiana) -- Stories from the Caddo Indians tell of the Twin Brothers, who avenge their murdered mother and go on many monster-slaying adventures. Choctaw myth...
article Calif. Tribe Denied Federal Recognition On Appeal
(California) -- A Native American group that has sought federal recognition for more than 30 years was turned down once again Thursday, with a Department of the Interior...

2/18/2016

article Tribes find gambling opposition is a key barrier to recognition
(Connecticut) -- Call it a tale of two tribes, separated here by a few miles, connected by DNA, but with decidedly different fortunes. To the west, there is the...

2/15/2016

article Native Tribe Fights for Recognition of UCI Land
(California) -- After waging legal battles for the last 40 years, the Orange County community of the Acjachemen Native American tribe continues to struggle in their...

2/14/2016

article EDITORIAL: Across U.S., tribes line up to seek federal recognition
(Oklahoma) -- IT might surprise many Oklahomans to know that the state doesn't have the greatest number of federally recognized Indian tribes. Or that there are no...

2/9/2016

article With new recognition, Pamunkey focusing on education, housing
(Virginia) -- Despite cloudy skies and rain outside, the mood within the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center was light and excited on Feb. 4. On week earlier, the...

12/28/2015

article The Chinook want to be heard: Northwest tribe continues recognition fight
(Washington) -- At the spot where the current of the Columbia River becomes the tide of the Pacific is the land the Chinook call home. It is a stretch of land where...

12/23/2015

article Tennessee Groups Sue for Tribal Recognition
(Tennessee) -- Three Native American tribes claim in court that Tennessee stripped their official state recognition after only a few days because of a "bogus...

12/22/2015

article Pamunkey federal recognition as 567th Indian tribe on hold, casino or not
(Virginia) -- At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November, representatives from the 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes...
article Spending bill gives hope to local tribes seeking federal recognition
(Louisiana) -- Native American tribes including the United Houma Nation that are seeking federal recognition have received some encouragement under a federal spending...

12/8/2015

article North Stonington selectman helps GOP lawmakers push Indian recognition bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Nicholas Mullane, a longtime Republican selectman for the town of North Stonington, on Wednesday helped bolster a GOP bill that would strip the...

12/7/2015

article Little Shell Tribe still waiting for decision on federal recognition
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana is still waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on its federal recognition petition. After...
article From Paris: Houma Chief Seeks Support For Tribe
(Louisiana) -- International leaders continue negotiations Monday at the climate talks in Paris, and some Louisianans are there to advocate for their communities. One of...

12/3/2015

article Lenni-Lenape Panel Celebrates Native American Heritage
(New Jersey) -- In 2012, New Jersey threatened to rescind the tribal status of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. In response, the tribe is suing the state of New...

12/2/2015

article House committee holds second hearing on federal recognition bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a second hearing on H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act. The bill...

11/25/2015

article Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition
(Louisiana) -- " Giovanni R. Santini has done just about all he could to prove he's an American Indian over the decades he's lived in his Louisiana bayou...

11/17/2015

article Burr Introduces Lumbee Recognition Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Burr introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. “The...

11/16/2015

article Duwamish Still Waiting for Meeting With Interior Secretary Jewell
(Washington) -- Two months ago, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told Duwamish Chairwoman Cecile Hansen and others that she would review letters requesting a meeting...

11/5/2015

article DOI Belongs In Tribal Recognition Process, Jewell Says [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- As Obama administration officials prepare to meet with Native American tribal leaders, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Wednesday that...

11/1/2015

article US official: Congress shouldn't control tribal recognition
(Montana) -- A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes...
article Bill would give Congress sole authority to recognize tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- A congressional subcommittee heard testimony last week on a bill providing that Indian tribes only be recognized by an act of Congress rather than...

10/28/2015

article Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- A top Republican is lashing out at the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs ahead of a key hearing on a federal recognition bill. Rep. Rob Bishop...
article US official: Congress shouldn't control tribal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- An Obama administration official says allowing Congress to decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition would add more delays...

10/27/2015

article Assistant Secretary Washburn to testify on federal recognition bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is listed as the only witness for a hearing on a federal recognition...
article Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe seeks federal recognition for second time
(Oregon) -- A resolution to restore federal recognition of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes is making its way through the U.S. Congress for a second time. U.S....

10/26/2015

article Native American Tribe Sues for Recognition
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey has moved to dismiss a lawsuit by a Native American tribe that claims the state gave them official recognition, but then rescinded it. The...
article House subcommittee takes up federal recognition bill at hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing this Wednesday on a new federal recognition bill. H.R. 3764...
article COLUMN: Putting Pamunkey's federal status on hold deals the tribe a bad hand
(Virginia) -- Because some people detest casino gambling, a Virginia tribe that for decades has sought federal recognition has found its application held up, yet again....

10/23/2015

article American Indian tribe files second lawsuit against New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation filed a civil rights lawsuit against New Jersey and Attorney General John Hoffman, claiming they were wrong in...
article New Jersey moves to toss tribe's suit over recognition
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe that claims the state gave it official recognition decades ago but then...

10/22/2015

article Miami Nation continues fight for recognition
(Indiana) -- In 1897, an assistant attorney general made a legal error that cost the Miami Nation of Indiana their federal recognition as a tribe. They’ve been...
article Ponca Tribe strong 25 years after restoration
(Nebraska) -- Twenty-five years after then-President George H.W. Bush signed the Ponca Restoration Act into law, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is going strong here in...

10/19/2015

article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to mark 25 years after restoration
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of its restoration as a federally recognized nation -- a bittersweet reminder of the...

9/30/2015

article House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe in more than a decade but that could be changing as two bills saw widespread support at...

9/24/2015

article Tejon Indian Tribe makes community debut with powwow
(California) -- The reaffirmation of the Tejon tribe and its inclusion among the 567 federally recognized tribes was a long time coming for its members. After a six-year...

9/20/2015

article Chinook's new leader spearheads fight for recognition
(Washington) -- Every day for the last three months, the Chinook Indian Nation has addressed a letter to President Barack Obama about a subject that tribal chairman Tony...

9/2/2015

article Native History: the Epic Termination Battle on the Colville Indian Reservation
(Washington) -- The word “termination” is enough to make any knowledgeable Indian cringe. One of the federal government’s all-time biggest policy...

8/21/2015

article Federal Focus: Tribal recognition reforms may not create a casino boom
(USA) -- There are some 55,000 Lumbee Indians in North Carolina, yet the Lumbee are not recognized by the federal government as an American Indian tribe. Nor are the...

8/20/2015

article Lawmakers Hope for More Federal Recognition for Virginia's Native American Tribes
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers are redoubling their efforts to attain federal recognition for six Virginia Native American tribes. They’re more optimistic now that the...

8/17/2015

article Rainier Beach art walk to recognize historic Duwamish Tribe
(Washington) -- The Fifth Annual Art Walk Rainier Beach, a major event of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 5, with the theme,...

8/10/2015

article Native American tribe whose most famous member inspired the hit 1995 Disney movie Pocahontas finally given federal recognition
(Virginia) -- A once powerful Native American tribe whose most famous member inspired the hit 1995 Disney movie Pocahontas has finally been given formal recognition by...
article US Recognizes Pocahontas' Tribe—400 Years Later
(Virginia) -- More than 400 years after Pocahontas is said to have saved British settler John Smith from being killed by her father, Chief Powhatan, her tribe is being...

7/31/2015

article VIDEO: Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe Suing NJ State Officials
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey state officials are being sued by a local Native American tribe who say they just want to be recognized. The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe,...
article N.J. American Indian tribe fighting for recognition gets new pow wow land
(New Jersey) -- A South Jersey tribe of American Indians is expanding its lands with help from Cumberland County. The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe is going to purchase...

7/27/2015

article Eastern Pequot Tribe to still pursue federal recognition
(Connecticut) -- The newly elected chairwoman of the Eastern Pequot Tribe says they will never abandon their quest to receive federal recognition. The Day reports the...

7/24/2015

article OP/ED: Indian Gaming Act produced bad results
(Connecticut) -- The editorial, "New tribal rules defy logic, fairness," (July 6), complained that new rules for federal recognition prevent tribes that were...
article EDITORIAL: N.J. must recognize Lenni-Lenape as Native American tribe
(New Jersey) -- In middle school, we learned that most of South Jersey was settled by the Lenni-Lenape Indian tribe. There is even a high school in Burlington County...

7/23/2015

article Splinter Band of Pomo Seeks Tribal Status
(California) -- A group of Pomo Indians is seeking federal recognition as a tribe, as its mother tribe fights a Northern California sheriff over a proposed pot farm....

7/21/2015

article Lenni-Lenape tribe sue Christie, New Jersey over alleged civil rights violations
(New Jersey) -- The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, an American Indian tribe of 3,000 members, filed a civil-rights action lawsuit in federal court against the...
article N.J. Sued Over Gambling Presumption
(New Jersey) -- A Native American tribe sued New Jersey to keep its designation, claiming state officials are trying to repeal it because of the prejudiced notion that...
article New Jersey American Indian tribe sues state for blocking official recognition, lawsuit states
(New Jersey) -- The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is fighting to retain its official recognition as an American Indian tribe with the state — leading to a...
article State declines to comment on Lenni-Lenape lawsuit
(New Jersey) -- The state Attorney General's office declined to comment on the ongoing lawsuit filed by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe on Monday. Paul Loriquet,...
article Group that claims Cherokee ancestry files for recognition
(Missouri) -- The Southern Cherokee Tribe of Missouri is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition. An application -- weighing 79 pounds, Al Jazeera...

7/16/2015

article LETTER: Recognize Duwamish Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- I am writing to express my extreme shock and dismay to learn that the Duwamish Tribe has been denied the federal recognition it is so justly...

7/15/2015

article Duwamish leaders say fight for fed recognition not over
(Washington) -- Leaders of the Seattle-area Duwamish say their fight for federal recognition as an Indian Tribe isn’t over. The U.S. Department of Interior issued...

7/14/2015

article New Federal Rules Streamline Indian Recognition Process
(Washington D.C.) -- After more than two years of talking about it, the U.S. Interior Department has officially unveiled its new rules for recognizing Indian tribes....

7/12/2015

article Is a casino in Virginia’s future now that the Pamunkey have U.S. recognition?
(Virginia) -- Newly recognized by the federal government, Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians are contemplating a future that could include launching a casino. In a state...

7/8/2015

article Duwamish denied federal recognition but vow ‘to fight on’
(Washington) -- The Duwamish tribal chairwoman says the tribe’s battle for federal recognition isn’t over, even though the U.S. Department of Interior denied...
article Duwamish Tribe Vows to Keep Fighting for Recognition
(Washington) -- Duwamish tribal members are regrouping after some tough news. Last week, the federal government denied their longstanding petition to be recognized as a...
article Schaghticokes thwarted again by feds
(Connecticut) -- A new rule proposed by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs may have put to rest hopes by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation to claim lands now under...

7/7/2015

article An Indian Tribe With 200 Members Gains U.S. Recognition
(Virginia) -- The Department of Interior granted federal recognition to a Virginia Indian tribe for the first time on July 2, more than 400 years after the first...
article Pamunkey nation looks to future after gaining federal recognition
(Virginia) -- Acting Chief of the Pamunkey Indian tribe Robert Gray said the tribe has its work cut out navigating the new opportunities and programs the Pamunkey people...
article Pamunkey Tribe had cause to celebrate on July 4
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indian Tribe annually gathers for a Fourth of July picnic on reservation grounds. This year, there was added cause for celebration following a...
article Chief Seattle's Tribe Denied Federal Recognition
(Washington) -- Though Seattle is named for Duwamish chief Si'alth, the Department of the Interior has denied recognition to the tribe after decades of litigation....
article Duwamish Tribe Vows to Keep Fighting for Recognition, Despite Last Week's Decision
(Washington) -- On July 2, the Obama administration told Seattle's Duwamish tribe that they don't qualify for long-sought federal recognition. The Duwamish...
article Eastern Pequot Chairman Slams Federal Change in Recognition
(Connecticut) -- The chairman of the Eastern Pequot Tribe says "dirty politics" are to blame for a federal rule preventing his tribe and two others from...

7/6/2015

article NACS: Tribal Recognition Allows Indians to Bypass State Taxes
(Virginia) -- Late last week, the Obama Administration announced official recognition for Virginia’s Pamunkey Tribe, in a move that state industry groups say could...
article DOI rules on two federal acknowledgment petitioners
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn issued final determinations for two petitioners under the existing Federal...
article Duwamish Tribe responds to federal govt. denial of recognition; Press conference set for Wednesday
(Washington) -- After decades of attempting to get recognition as a legitimate native American tribe, the Duwamish were denied, in what was called a "final"...
article Eastern Pequot chairman vows to fight new tribal recognition rule
(Connecticut) -- Dennis Jenkins, chairman of the Eastern Pequot Tribe, on Monday decried the “dirty politics" he said stand to prevent his tribe from getting...

7/5/2015

article Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition
(Washington) -- The Associated Press has reported that the federal government has again rejected the Duwamish Tribe's petition for federal recognition as an Indian...
article Feds deny Seattle's Duwamish Tribe decades-long quest for federal recognition
(Washington) -- The federal government has again rejected a Seattle tribe's petition for federal recognition as an Indian tribe. The U.S. Department of Interior...
article Indians get tribe status
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 400 years after their ancestors greeted John Smith and other English settlers, Virginia's Pamunkey Indians have won recognition from...
article Virginia's Pamunkey Indian Tribe granted federal recognition
(Virginia) -- The Department of Interior granted federal recognition to a Virginia Indian tribe for the first time on Thursday, more than 400 years after the first...

7/1/2015

article Experts say new rules could help 4 tribes in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Experts say that new U.S. Department of Interior regulations may benefit four tribes in Oklahoma in their efforts for federal recognition.
article How a long-dead white supremacist still threatens the future of Virginia’s Indian tribes
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s Indian tribes have faced numerous obstacles in their decades-old quest for federal recognition. But one person has long stood in their way...
article Connecticut tribes denied second chance to petition for sovereignty
(Connecticut) -- Flanked by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Indian tribes in Connecticut who had previously...

6/30/2015

article US may recognize 100s of more tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Some Indian tribes may have a clearer path toward federal recognition under a new Obama administration rule that relaxes some requirements and...
article Victory for lobbyists in tribal reforms
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has issued a set of conservative reforms to the requirements for being recognized by the government as a native tribe,...
article Tribal Leaders Condemn New Federal Rules, Blame State Officials' Lobbying
(Connecticut) -- Officials of two Connecticut Native American tribes are harshly criticizing new standards for federal recognition, claiming they include “grave...

6/29/2015

article Interior revises rule to recognize Indian tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration is revising the regulatory process it uses to officially recognize Indian tribes. Federal recognition of a Native American...
article New regulation makes it easier for Indian tribes to get federal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration is making it easier for some Indian tribes to obtain federal recognition, addressing a longstanding grievance held by many...
article Connecticut officials praise changes on tribal recognition
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's top elected leaders are declaring victory in their efforts to see that it does not become easier for local American Indian tribes to...
article Federal Recognition Changes Leave Connecticut Tribes Out in the Cold
(Connecticut) -- New rules on the recognition of Indian tribes appear to shut the door on three Connecticut tribes who have been petitioning for federal status for years.
article Gov. Malloy applauds new Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal recognition rules
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dann Malloy spoke out Monday afternoon on new Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal recognition rules. He was joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen....
article New Federal Tribal Recognition Rules a "Big Victory" for State, Malloy Says
(Connecticut) -- New federal rules issued Monday amount to a "big victory" for Connecticut in its battle to prevent three state tribes from gaining federal...
article New Indian casinos unlikely under revised federal rules
(Connecticut) -- A new rule proposed by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs may stamp out any chance of another federally recognized tribe in Connecticut building a...
article New Indian casinos unlikely under revised federal rules
(Connecticut) -- A new rule proposed by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs will likely stamp out any chance of another federally recognized Indian tribe building a...
article State Officials Praise New Federal Rules They Say Block Recognition of Three Connecticut Tribes
(Connecticut) -- New federal rules issued Monday amount to a major victory for Connecticut in its battle to prevent three state tribes from gaining federal recognition...
article Tribal groups will not be eligible to re-apply for federal recognition
(Connecticut) -- Tribal groups in Connecticut will no longer be able to re-apply for federal recognition. Governor Malloy, along with 2 U.s Senators, claim this ruling...
article U.S. adopts new federal-recognition rule for Indian tribes
(Connecticut) -- A final rule revising the federal recognition process for Indian tribes does not contain a provision that would have allowed tribes that had previously...
article Change may one day help Monacans, other native Americans recieve federal tribe status
(Virginia) -- In what may one day be beneficial to Monacans and other Native American groups, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday a rule change aiming...

6/16/2015

article Appropriations measure blocks BIA's federal recognition reforms
(Washington D.C.) -- An appropriations bill that will be considered this morning prevents the Bureau of Indian Affairs from implementing the Part 83 reforms to the...
article Fed Recognition New Rule Attacked in Interior’s Appropriations Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A rider that would stop the Bureau of Indian Affairs from revising procedures for federal acknowledgment of Indian tribes has been attached to the...

6/14/2015

article Groups sue for tribal recognition, $36M in damages
(Tennessee) -- Leaders of three Tennessee groups briefly recognized as American Indian tribes in 2010 have filed a federal lawsuit that seeks more than $36 million in...

6/9/2015

article Chinook Indian Nation sends appeal to president
(Oregon) -- In the latest chapter of their long quest to obtain official status from the federal government, the Chinook Indian Nation on June 8 appealed directly to...

6/4/2015

article Economic impact cited by tribal recognition foes
(Connecticut) -- Opponents of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to how Native American tribes attain federal recognition status are making an economic...

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.

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