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Mishewal Wappo Tribe aims to regain federal status and land





The Mishewal Wappo Tribe is hoping to regain land along with federal recognition.

The tribe was listed for termination by an act of Congress in 1959. A lawsuit claims the process wasn't carried lawfully out but the tribe's reservation fell into private hands over the decades.

A settlement with the Obama administration could restore the tribe's status. And it could bring some land back into the tribe's hands -- Chairman Scott Gabaldon said federal surplus properties are being eyed.

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