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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.
Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes (05/04)
The list now includes the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, whose federal status was finalized shortly after the most recent update in January.
Leaders of Louisiana tribes in conflict over $48M relocation grant Leaders of Louisiana tribes in conflict over $48M relocation grant (05/03)
The Isle de Jean Charles Band and the United Houma Nation are at odds over who gets to benefit from a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (04/08)
Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.
Piro Manso Tiwa Tribe sees some support for federal recognition Piro Manso Tiwa Tribe sees some support for federal recognition (03/23)
Commissioners in in Doña Ana County voted 3-2 to support the tribe's long-running effort but the city council in Las Cruces was unable to come to a position due to opposition from another group.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sees setback on recognition Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sees setback on recognition (03/09)
The tribe's status in New Jersey is in limbo as a judge dismisses one of two lawsuits aimed at resolving the impasse.
Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition (03/09)
The hereditary chief of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians brought baptismal records, letters and other documents to help his relatives in Montana.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation awaits ruling in recognition dispute Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation awaits ruling in recognition dispute (03/08)
The tribe was recognized by the state in 1982 through a law that is still on the books but Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his administration are refusing to acknowledge that status.
Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians (03/08)
Federal recognition is an issue that will likely resonate for Democratic voters at the party's caucuses on March 26.
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants (02/17)
Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.
Editorial: Federally recognized tribes are a boost to Oklahoma Editorial: Federally recognized tribes are a boost to Oklahoma (02/15)
It might surprise many Oklahomans to know that the state doesn't have the greatest number of federally recognized Indian tribes.
Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition (02/09)
The tribe is the 557th to be federally recognized in the nation and the first in Virginia with that status.
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.

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