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Federal Recognition
Delaware Tribe hopes for recognition in a year

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma hopes to regain its federal recognition within a year, chief Jerry Douglas said.

The tribe was removed from the list of federally recognized entities last year. The Cherokee Nation brought a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for treating the Delawares as a separate tribe.

The Delawares and the Cherokees are now in agreement on restoring recognition and a bill has been drafted that would give the Cherokees authority over land-into-trust applications within a 14-county area in northeastern Oklahoma. The Delawares would still be able to seek land outside the 14-county area.

The bill will be sponsored by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma). The tribes are looking for a Senate sponsor.

Get the Story:
Delawares closer to federal recognition (The Tulsa World 8/16)

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 -
Cherokee Nation -

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