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Federal Recognition
New Delaware chief seeks deal with Cherokee Nation


Jerry Douglas, the new chief of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma, said he hopes to reach an agreement with the Cherokee Nation to restore his tribe's federal recognition.

The Delawares were made a part of the Cherokee Nation in a post-Civil War treaty. The tribe has maintained a separate government, culture and language, and eventually won recognition as a separate tribe from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

But the Cherokee Nation challenged the decision and won in federal court. The Cherokees say they want to preserve their sovereignty.

Get the Story:
Tribal chief seeks resolution (The Oklahoman 2/2)
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10th Circuit Decision:
Cherokee Nation v. Norton (November 16, 2004)

Lower Court Decision:
Cherokee Nation v. DOI (7/23)

Relevant Documents:
Federal Register Notice/Ada Deer Announcement (September 1996)

Relevant Links:
Delaware Tribe of Indians - http://www.delawaretribeofindians.nsn.us
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org

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