indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Indian Law Online Master Degree
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
BIA recognition decision database v2.0 now online
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Welcome to Version 2.0 of the Federal Recognition Database by Indianz.Com!

The database is an online version of the Acknowledgment Decision Compilation (ADC), a record of documents that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has on file for dozens of groups that have made it through the federal recognition process. The ADC contains over 750 MB of documents -- up from over 600MB in version 1.2 -- that were scanned in and cataloged by the agency's Office of Federal Acknowledgment.

The BIA has changed a couple things since the version 1.2. First, all the documents are now in Adobe PDF format, a widely-used and popular Internet format. The PDFs replace the TIFF image files that some viewers might have found difficult to use.

Second, the BIA has added decision documents for the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a Michigan tribe that was denied federal recognition in March 2004, and the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut, whose status is now being reconsidered after receiving a favorable final determination.

Other than that, the ADC is still a Microsoft Access database that contains links to PDF images of the documents. Indianz.Com converted the database to a web page that you can find at http://www.indianz.com/adc20/adc20.html.

The database only contains information on petitioners that have received an answer -- preliminary or final -- on their status. Groups that are still in the process are not included.

But for each petitioner that has received an answer, the ADC has the following information:
  • letter of intent
  • technical assistance letters, if any
  • proposed finding
  • final determination

    The ADC does not contain evidence pertaining to each petitioner. That information is found in the Federal Acknowledgment Information Resource (FAIR), another Access database that BIA officials developed for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The system is being used for all new recognition cases.

    Documents in the ADC date as far back as 1826, when the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana asked for recognition. The earliest proposed finding, in favor of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa in Michigan, is from 1979.

    This version of the ADC posted online stops in August 2004. The previous version 1.2, which we posted online posted in July 2004, stopped in 2003.

    The BIA had planned to post the ADC on its web site but still hasn't received permission from a federal court to reconnect to the Internet.

    Related Stories:
    BIA ordered to reconsider two recognition cases (05/16)
    Familiar problems aired at recognition hearing (05/12)
    Schaghticoke chief to testfy at recognition hearing (5/5)
    McCain hearing stacked with recognition critics (5/3)
    McCain to address federal recognition concerns (04/22)
    Recognition handed to a 'not well informed' Cason (04/01)
    McCain takes on controversial topics in 109th Congress (03/07)
    BIA says recognition bill would lower standards (02/11)
    Bill addresses slow-moving recognition process (02/07)
    Famous Dave Anderson: 'The bureau needs to change' (2/4)
    BIA critic calls on Bush to fire Dave Anderson (12/16)
    BIA admits mistake in handling of recognition case (12/09)
    Probe finds no wrongdoing in BIA recognition case (09/01)
    BIA bashed over federal recognition decisions (5/6)
    Dodd calls on Anderson to resign over broad recusal (5/6)
    Anderson recused on all federal recognition matters (5/5)
    BIA critical of main components of recognition bill (04/22)
    Martin predicts hot summer on gaming, recognition (4/16)
    Challenges await Anderson on federal recognition (02/26)
    Date for House hearing on recognition not set (02/13)
    Tribal foes in Conn. want to stop flow of money (02/10)
    GAO asked to investigate Schaghticoke recognition (2/9)
    Jeff Benedict: BIA out of control on tribal recognition (2/9)
    Column: Federal recognition all about 'big wampum' (2/9)
    House Resourcess to hold recognition hearing (2/6)
    Gover praises BIA for not bowing to pressure (2/2)
    Lack of evidence addressed in recognition bill (02/19)
    Sweeping recognition reform bill offered (02/07)
    At BIA, no recognition of new tribes (2/5)
    BIA recognition still hard to prove for some (01/22)
    McCaleb delivers aggressive recognition plan (10/03)
    BIA role in recognition decisions under review (06/13)
    BIA Budget: Doing more with less (3/26)
    Bush budget cuts funds for new tribes (3/20)
    McCaleb takes on recognition (3/15)
    Inside the BIA, plenty of drama (3/4)
    Ashcroft urged to charge BIA officials (3/1)
    Solutions sought for 'hijacked' recognition (11/9)
    Gover: Recognition study 'cooked' (11/1)
    Reforming federal recognition (10/26)
    Gover takes on recognition (10/25)
    McCaleb to listen 'closely' to recognition experts (8/9)
    McCaleb decision sure to draw scrutiny (7/31)
    BIA pushed to provide 'answers' on tribes (7/26)
    McCaleb endorses BIA on recognition (6/14)
    Gover's 'activist' legacy escapes McCaleb (6/13)
    BIA has small goal for big problem (5/22)

    Copyright 2000-2005 Indianz.Com
  • More headlines...
    Stay Connected:

    Local Links:
    Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
    Latest News:
    Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux officer rejoins Rapid City police (10/30)
    Mark Trahant: Native voters must be prepared on election day (10/30)
    Kevin Gover: Mascot fight exposes myths about Native people (10/30)
    Northern Arapaho Tribe: Newspaper got it wrong on joint council (10/30)
    Peter d'Errico: Kevin Washburn honored by Indian law students (10/30)
    Chris Deschene still urging Navajo Nation voters to choose him (10/30)
    Tribes in North Carolina back Democrat Sen. Hagan in tight race (10/30)
    NWPR: Tribes take steps to control growing herds of wild horses (10/30)
    Opinion: Helping the Tongva people revive their own language (10/30)
    Judge grants injunction to keep Chukchansi Tribe casino closed (10/30)
    Tribes in South Dakota would benefit from gaming referendum (10/30)
    Employee at Puyallup Tribe's casino gets wedding ring returned (10/30)
    Editorial: Keep tribal casinos in California on existing Indian land (10/30)
    Column: Menominee Nation off-reservation casino goes ignored (10/30)
    Quapaw Tribe faces competition for Kansas commercial casino (10/30)
    Native Sun News: Montana tribe sees cut in heating assistance (10/29)
    Mark Trahant: Alaska Senate race is a real test of Native policy (10/29)
    Winona LaDuke: Taking treaty advice from indigenous nations (10/29)
    Vena A-Dae Romero: FDA failing to consult tribal governments (10/29)
    Zachary Pullin: Native Americans overcame barriers to voting (10/29)
    Navajo Nation president vetoes bill to address language issue (10/29)
    Prairie Island Indian Community sues over nuclear waste rule (10/29)
    County's letter on CSKT water compact talks stirs controversy (10/29)
    Vice: Hip-hop artist Drezus on new journey after jail sentence (10/29)
    Opinion: Overcoming stereotypes of Native American culture (10/29)
    Charges sought in dispute at Chukchansi Tribe's closed casino (10/29)
    Pechanga Band chair featured in ads against North Fork casino (10/29)
    Grand Ronde Tribes continue fight against Cowlitz Tribe casino (10/29)
    Puyallup Tribe offers reward for return of casino worker's ring (10/29)
    Ask the Expert: Why can't I win at tribal casino slot machines? (10/29)
    Native Sun News: Event commemorates Sand Creek Massacre (10/28)
    Erma Vizenor: Join tribes for protest at NFL game in Minnesota (10/28)
    Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps build tomorrow's leaders (10/28)
    Ruth Hopkins: Tribes need to raise awareness of breast cancer (10/28)
    Navajo Nation election officials refuse to delay upcoming vote (10/28)
    Senate candidates battle for Indian vote in South Dakota race (10/28)
    Eastern Shawnee Tribe lays claim to former reservation in Ohio (10/28)
    Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to investigate potential burial grounds (10/28)
    Judge rules for tribes in Wyoming in dispute over diverted water (10/28)
    Editorial: Delaware Tribe pursues return to homelands in Kansas (10/28)
    Opinion: Cowboys and Indians come together on common cause (10/28)
    Opinion: Help Moapa Band bring solar energy to more consumers (10/28)
    Ex-employee sentenced for stealing from Passamaquoddy Tribe (10/28)
    Chukchansi Tribe sends audits to NIGC as casino remains closed (10/28)
    Little River Band still touting proposal for off-reservation casino (10/28)
    Santee Sioux Tribe getting ready to debut golf course at casino (10/28)
    Nisqually Tribe to launch part of $45M casino expansion project (10/28)
    more headlines...

    Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

    Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
    About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

    Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.