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Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague (02/04)
D.K. Sprague led his people through a number of major milestones, including federal recognition and the establishment of the tribe's land base.
Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition (02/04)
Bob Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indians, knows tribal members should’ve worked ages ago to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles leading to federal designation.
Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case (02/02)
Stand Up For California was the only group that challenged the Virginia tribe's federal status.
Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition (02/01)
The Virginia-based tribe is set to become the 567 federally recognized tribe in the United States.
BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again (02/01)
The list contains the names of 556 federally-recognized tribes, the same number as last year.
Lumbee Tribe commemorates 58th anniversary of ouster of Ku Klux Klan Lumbee Tribe commemorates 58th anniversary of ouster of Ku Klux Klan (01/19)
In what became known as the Victory at Hayes Pond, tribal members drove out the supremacist group from Robeson County, North Carolina, on January 18, 1958.
Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress (01/05)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington) has introduced several bills to extend federal recognition to a tribe whose ancestors include Chief Si’ahl, the namesake of Seattle.
Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS (12/16)
A massive bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016 was finally released and it includes only modest increases for Indian Country.
Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues (12/11)
The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.
Omnibus appropriations bill could block BIA recognition reforms Omnibus appropriations bill could block BIA recognition reforms (12/10)
Republicans in Congress have been trying to stop the Part 83 reforms that were finalized in June after more than two years of work.
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues (12/08)
United South and Eastern Tribes President Brian Patterson testified against the Tribal Recognition Act, a bill that strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
House committee holds another hearing on federal recognition bill House committee holds another hearing on federal recognition bill (12/08)
H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes and instead requires Congress to make a final decision on every petition.
Little Shell Tribe still waiting for decision on federal recognition Little Shell Tribe still waiting for decision on federal recognition (12/07)
The tribe thought its struggle was over when the Clinton administration issued a favorable finding in 2000 but the Obama administration reversed course in 2009.
Supreme Court blocks Native Hawaiian self-governance vote Supreme Court blocks Native Hawaiian self-governance vote (12/03)
Native Hawaiians who are trying to form their own government were dealt another setback by the nation's highest court.
House committee holds second hearing on federal recognition bill House committee holds second hearing on federal recognition bill (12/02)
The Tribal Recognition Act strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes and instead requires Congress to make a final decision on every petition.
Brigid Harrison: Lenni-Lenape Nation battles for recognition Brigid Harrison: Lenni-Lenape Nation battles for recognition (11/30)
A lawsuit filed in July by members of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation against the State of New Jersey alleges that the Christie administration is denying the tribe’s members civil rights by withdrawing recognition of the tribe.
Supreme Court throws wrench into Native Hawaiian election Supreme Court throws wrench into Native Hawaiian election (11/30)
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order that blocks the counting of votes in an election that's restricted to Native Hawaiians.
John Yellowbird Steele: Bill tries to hijack recognition process John Yellowbird Steele: Bill tries to hijack recognition process (11/24)
HR 3764 misreads the Constitution, overturns longstanding historical precedent, increases the bureaucracy and legislative burden on Indian tribes and politicizes the federal acknowledgement process.
Anne Keala Kelly: US government wants to steal Hawaii again Anne Keala Kelly: US government wants to steal Hawaii again (11/24)
Simply put, President Obama wants to invoke Executive Order privileges to recognize a group of Hawaiians who will sell our national lands.
Opinion: Native Hawaiian group does not represent the people Opinion: Native Hawaiian group does not represent the people (11/23)
Our process and path to nationhood, whether via Federal recognition or Independence, is ours alone.
Voters of Lumbee Tribe pick newcomer Harvey Godwin as chair Voters of Lumbee Tribe pick newcomer Harvey Godwin as chair (11/20)
The vote came as a bill to extend federal recognition to the North Carolina tribe was introduced in the Senate.
Senate measure extends federal recognition to Lumbee Tribe Senate measure extends federal recognition to Lumbee Tribe (11/17)
The tribe has been seeking recognition for more than a century and a termination-era law poses a major hurdle.
Chinook Nation asks President Obama for federal recognition Chinook Nation asks President Obama for federal recognition (10/30)
The tribe who welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Northwest has been ignored by the United States ever since.
Burt Lake Band renews bid for federal recognition in Congress Burt Lake Band renews bid for federal recognition in Congress (10/29)
The tribe was denied by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has asked Congress repeatedly for recognition.
Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition (10/29)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) accused unnamed lobbyists of generating opposition in Indian Country to H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.
Clatsop-Nehalem Tribes lobby Congress for federal recognition Clatsop-Nehalem Tribes lobby Congress for federal recognition (10/28)
The Clatsop and the Nehalem tribes were listed in a termination law passed by Congress in 1954.
Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing (10/28)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is using the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal to attack Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and the Obama administration.
Assistant Secretary Washburn to testify on federal recognition bill Assistant Secretary Washburn to testify on federal recognition bill (10/27)
H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
House subcommittee takes up federal recognition bill at hearing House subcommittee takes up federal recognition bill at hearing (10/26)
H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
Bill strips Bureau of Indian Affairs of federal recognition powers Bill strips Bureau of Indian Affairs of federal recognition powers (10/22)
A top Republican asserts that Congress -- and only Congress -- can recognize tribal governments.
Pamunkey Tribe faces challenge to federal recognition decision Pamunkey Tribe faces challenge to federal recognition decision (10/09)
An anti-Indian group on the other side of the country filed an appeal that will delay the Virginia tribe's federal status.
Shinnecock Nation welcomes Secretary Jewell on key anniversary Shinnecock Nation welcomes Secretary Jewell on key anniversary (09/30)
The tribe's federal recognition became final on October 1, 2010, after 32 years of review at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills (09/30)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe in more than a decade but that could be changing as two bills saw widespread support at a hearing.
Native Hawaiians take another step towards federal recognition Native Hawaiians take another step towards federal recognition (09/29)
Congress has enacted more than 150 laws to address Native Hawaiian housing, land and education but the lack of a formal government-to-government relationship has posed problems
House subcommittee takes up two federal recognition measures House subcommittee takes up two federal recognition measures (09/28)
Congress has not passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill since the mid-1990s but two measures seem to be gaining momentum.

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