Chinook recognition to be reconsidered
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Update: 10:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Secretary of Interior Gale Norton has recommended the federal recognition of the Chinook Nation of Washington be reconsidered.

In a decision letter transmitted to Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb yesterday evening, Norton said the recognition should be reconsidered in order to resolve several important issues. She requested McCaleb take action within 120 days.

The Chinook were recognized by former Assistant Secretary Kevin Gover on his last day in office in January. In late September, the staff which handles recognition petitions recommended the decision be reconsidered.

The recommendation followed a challenge raised by the Quinault Nation, a federally recognized tribe.

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Chinook tribal status in peril (The Oregonian 11/7)

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