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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.

Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years (June 1, 2017)

Six tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown are inching closer to federal recognition.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)

The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)

Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.

Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe (May 17, 2017)

The tribe still doesn't have a reservation but its service area is the entirety of Kern County in California.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting (May 15, 2017)

Lawmakers are taking action on bills to recruit and retain Native teachers, extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia and boost economic development in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)

A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.

Mishewal Wappo Tribe loses appeal in federal recognition lawsuit (April 26, 2017)

The California tribe waited too long after being terminated to bring the case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Charles Kader: Courts close their doors to unrecognized groups (March 28, 2017)

Do Indian law rulings spell the end of federal recognition?

Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (March 24, 2017)

The recognition is overdue — in the extreme.

Mishewal Wappo Tribe returns to court to seek federal recognition (March 21, 2017)

The California-based tribe was targeted for termination in the 1950s.

Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia (March 21, 2017)

The tribes were among the first to sign treaties with European nations and they helped the first European settlers survive at Jamestown.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)

The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (February 9, 2017)

The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.

Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (January 18, 2017)

The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.

Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition (January 3, 2017)

The Obama administration has opened the door for the North Carolina tribe to seek federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (December 20, 2016)

Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.

Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (December 15, 2016)

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.

Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (October 24, 2016)

Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut (October 14, 2016)

The tribe is seeking $610 million in damages for stolen lands and mismanagement of its lands and trust fund.

Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations (September 23, 2016)

The United States recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was illegally overthrown in 1893.

Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia (September 22, 2016)

'It is time for the government to put this issue to rest and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.'

Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (September 16, 2016)

Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.

Editorial: It's time for the Lumbee Tribe to gain full recognition (September 9, 2016)

This is an old story. Too old. It's about the Lumbee Tribe.

House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (September 9, 2016)

Indian Country and the Obama administration oppose H.R.3764 because it puts Congress solely in power of determining who gets federal recognition.

Lumbee Tribe makes case for federal recognition at Senate hearing (September 8, 2016)

A termination-era law prevents the Lumbees of North Carolina from being treated as a fully recognized tribe.

House committee schedules markup on controversial federal recognition bill (September 6, 2016)

The Tribal Recognition Act strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its authority to make decisions on federal recognition petitions.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break (September 6, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (August 29, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.

Klamath Tribes celebrate 30th anniversary of federal restoration (August 18, 2016)

The Oregon tribe regained federal status in 1986 after losing all of its land to termination.

Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware (August 5, 2016)

The state's governor signed bills for the Lenape Indian Tribe and the Nanticoke Indian Association.

Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (July 5, 2016)

The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Ramapough Lunaape Nation blames Donald Trump for lack of federal status (July 5, 2016)

The Republican presidential candidate questioned the New Jersey tribe's legitimacy, a tactic he continues to use today.

Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim (June 27, 2016)

Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the New York tribe's long-running lawsuit.

Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (June 14, 2016)

The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.