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Charles Kader: Courts close their doors to unrecognized groups Charles Kader: Courts close their doors to unrecognized groups (03/28)
Do Indian law rulings spell the end of federal recognition?
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (03/24)
The recognition is overdue — in the extreme.
Mishewal Wappo Tribe returns to court to seek federal recognition Mishewal Wappo Tribe returns to court to seek federal recognition (03/21)
The California-based tribe was targeted for termination in the 1950s.
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia (03/21)
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 Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (03/09)
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 Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (02/09)
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 Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (01/18)
The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition (01/03)
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 Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (12/20)
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 Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (12/15)
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 Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (10/24)
Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut (10/14)
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 Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations (09/23)
The United States recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was illegally overthrown in 1893.
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia (09/22)
'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 Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (09/16)
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 Editorial: It's time for the Lumbee Tribe to gain full recognition (09/09)
This is an old story. Too old. It's about the Lumbee Tribe.
House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (09/09)
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 Lumbee Tribe makes case for federal recognition at Senate hearing (09/08)
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 House committee schedules markup on controversial federal recognition bill (09/06)
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 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break (09/06)
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 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (08/29)
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 Klamath Tribes celebrate 30th anniversary of federal restoration (08/18)
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 Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware (08/05)
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 Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (07/05)
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 Ramapough Lunaape Nation blames Donald Trump for lack of federal status (07/05)
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 Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim (06/27)
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 Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (06/14)
The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid (06/10)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the Connecticut group's petition remains incomplete.
Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitions Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitions (06/08)
A letter was sent to two tribes in Connecticut after one of the submitted a new petition for federal recognition.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition (06/03)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs previously denied recognition to two Eastern Pequot groups but the new petition was filed under a different name.
Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University (06/02)
My first contact with the issue of disenrollment occurred as a student at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs (06/01)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hoping to get the troubled appropriations process back on track this year.
Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (05/24)
A controversy that surfaced last summer has been revived with the fiscal year 2017 Interior appropriations measure.
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (05/13)
The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee did not meet all seven mandatory criteria, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribes fight coal mine in Texas Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribes fight coal mine in Texas (05/04)
Native American groups and supporters band together to show their outrage at the continued destructive coal mining along the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas.

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