Call for Chinook to be recognized
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Members of Washington's Congressional delegation are urging Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb to stop delaying and recognize the Chinook Nation.

Rep. Brian Baird and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray each called on Secretary Gale Norton to reject McCaleb's attempt to delay a decision by four months. Baird and Murray went further and said the tribe deserved acknowledgment.

Norton last fall referred the tribe's recognition to McCaleb for further review. Last week, he asked for more time to arrive at a decision.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson told Indianz.Com McCaleb has been out of the office for the past two days on personal leave. He will then leave for Phoenix, Arizona, to meet with the tribal leaders' trust reform task force.

He is also supposed to make a decision on whether to take land into trust for the Jena Band of Choctaws of Louisiana.

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Lawmakers urge quick recognition of Chinook Tribe (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3/6)

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