Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

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

Shinnecock Nation finalizes deal for golf tournament as protests begin (June 13, 2018)

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

Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

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

House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills (May 22, 2018)

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

Redding Rancheria pays tribute to late former chairwoman Barbara Murphy (May 18, 2018)

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

'Talks have broken down': Shinnecock Nation seeks role in golf tournament (May 17, 2018)

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.

Ramapough Lunaape Nation goes to court to protect prayer camp (May 16, 2018)

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

Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

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

House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

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

Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill (May 3, 2018)

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

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone (April 11, 2018)

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, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on (April 6, 2018)

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

Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system (April 3, 2018)

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.

Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes (February 15, 2018)

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

Accohannock Tribe faces questions about legitimacy in Maryland (February 12, 2018)

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

Kevin Washburn: A 'victory' as tribes in Virginia secure federal recognition (January 31, 2018)

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

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)

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

Energy company makes $6 million in payments to tribes for power line (January 22, 2018)

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

Nisenan Tribe back to square one after losing federal recognition lawsuit (January 17, 2018)

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

A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (January 12, 2018)

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

Accohannock Tribe gains recognition through executive order in Maryland (December 21, 2017)

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

Montaukett Indian Nation denied a second time as governor vetoes recognition bill (December 8, 2017)

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

Trump administration willing to defer to Congress in federal recognition matters (September 26, 2017)

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.

New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (September 25, 2017)

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.

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)

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

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)

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.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)

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.

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)

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

Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area (July 27, 2017)

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

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing (July 26, 2017)

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

Editorial: Montaukett Indian Nation deserves to be recognized in New York (July 25, 2017)

Newsday is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to sign a bill recognizing the Montaukett Indian Nation.

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation secures revival of recognition case (July 13, 2017)

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation can proceed with a lawsuit that seek to resolve its status in New Jersey.

Montaukett Indian Nation waiting on governor to sign recognition bill (July 11, 2017)

Lawmakers in New York unanimously approved legislation to recognize the Montaukett Indian Nation but the governor has yet to sign it.

Tribes break ground on monument to their history in Virginia's capitol (June 26, 2017)

A new monument in Virginia will recognize the importance of the original tribal nations in the state.

Natchitoches Tribe sees setback in bid for recognition in Louisiana (June 5, 2017)

A bill to recognize the Natchitoches Tribe passed one chamber of the Louisiana Legislature with near unanimous support but has failed in the other.

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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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