A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria continues to generate controversy in California.

The family of Indian nations is growing, with 573 tribes recognized by the United States.

Cockacoeske united her fellow Indian nations and signed a key treaty during a time of great change.

The Lenape Indian Tribe owns just a half-acre of its homelands in present-day Delaware.

With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.

A bill to recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill.


A record number of Native Americans, including Native women, are seeking seats in the U.S. Congress. Here are the active candidates.

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.

Protests continue as a popular golf tournament takes place on land stolen from the Shinnecock Nation.

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

The House Committee on Natural Resources is due to advance three Indian bills at a markup session on Capitol Hill.

Barbara Murphy, a former chairwoman of the Redding Rancheria, passed away on May 8. She was 79.

The Shinnecock Nation is working to reach an agreement with the hosts of the U.S. Open, a popular golf tournament that is taking place on stolen land.

Citing a 'historical pattern and practice of harassment,' the Ramapough Lunaape Nation is trying to protect a prayer camp on ancestral land.

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.

Even more tribes are raising questions about a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria in California.

If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.

Daniel Akaka, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.

Being denied federal recognition by the Buerau of Indian Affairs is usually the kiss of death, as many petitioning groups have found over the years.

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.

The Accohannock Tribe has gained recognition in the state of Maryland but not everyone is happy about it.

Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states.

It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Two tribes are receiving $6 million in payments in connection with a new power line that runs through their ancestral territory in Virginia.

The Nisenan Tribe, one of the many victims of the disastrous termination policy, is still fighting to regain federal recognition.

A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The Accohannock Tribe has been recognized by the state of Maryland, the third in the state's history.

The Montaukett Indian Nation has once again been denied recognition in the state of New York

Change is in the air as the Trump administration opens the door to a controversial bill that would strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers.

The Trump administration's new hire at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making his first appearance on Capitol Hill and it's on a touchy subject.

A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

The Pamunkey Tribe, the newest member of the federally-recognized family of Indian nations, continues to make gains in Virginia.

Partisan bickering has once again derailed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


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Legislative Recognition

  • H.R.984, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act
  • H.R.3744, the Tribal Recognition Act
  • H.R.3650, the Lumbee Recognition Act
  • H.R.3535, the Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Act
  • S.39, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act

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