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Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations (09/23)
The United States recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was illegally overthrown in 1893.
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia (09/22)
'It is time for the government to put this issue to rest and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.'
Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (09/16)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.
Editorial: It's time for the Lumbee Tribe to gain full recognition Editorial: It's time for the Lumbee Tribe to gain full recognition (09/09)
This is an old story. Too old. It's about the Lumbee Tribe.
House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (09/09)
Indian Country and the Obama administration oppose H.R.3764 because it puts Congress solely in power of determining who gets federal recognition.
Lumbee Tribe makes case for federal recognition at Senate hearing Lumbee Tribe makes case for federal recognition at Senate hearing (09/08)
A termination-era law prevents the Lumbees of North Carolina from being treated as a fully recognized tribe.
House committee schedules markup on controversial federal recognition bill House committee schedules markup on controversial federal recognition bill (09/06)
The Tribal Recognition Act strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its authority to make decisions on federal recognition petitions.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break (09/06)
Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (08/29)
Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.
Klamath Tribes celebrate 30th anniversary of federal restoration Klamath Tribes celebrate 30th anniversary of federal restoration (08/18)
The Oregon tribe regained federal status in 1986 after losing all of its land to termination.
Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware (08/05)
The state's governor signed bills for the Lenape Indian Tribe and the Nanticoke Indian Association.
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (07/05)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
Ramapough Lunaape Nation blames Donald Trump for lack of federal status Ramapough Lunaape Nation blames Donald Trump for lack of federal status (07/05)
The Republican presidential candidate questioned the New Jersey tribe's legitimacy, a tactic he continues to use today.
Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim (06/27)
Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the New York tribe's long-running lawsuit.
Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (06/14)
The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid Schaghticoke Indian Tribe told to bolster federal recognition bid (06/10)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the Connecticut group's petition remains incomplete.
Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitions Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterates policy on recognition petitions (06/08)
A letter was sent to two tribes in Connecticut after one of the submitted a new petition for federal recognition.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation revives federal recognition petition (06/03)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs previously denied recognition to two Eastern Pequot groups but the new petition was filed under a different name.
Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University (06/02)
My first contact with the issue of disenrollment occurred as a student at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs (06/01)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hoping to get the troubled appropriations process back on track this year.
Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (05/24)
A controversy that surfaced last summer has been revived with the fiscal year 2017 Interior appropriations measure.
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (05/13)
The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee did not meet all seven mandatory criteria, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribes fight coal mine in Texas Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribes fight coal mine in Texas (05/04)
Native American groups and supporters band together to show their outrage at the continued destructive coal mining along the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes (05/04)
The list now includes the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, whose federal status was finalized shortly after the most recent update in January.
Leaders of Louisiana tribes in conflict over $48M relocation grant Leaders of Louisiana tribes in conflict over $48M relocation grant (05/03)
The Isle de Jean Charles Band and the United Houma Nation are at odds over who gets to benefit from a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (04/08)
Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.
Piro Manso Tiwa Tribe sees some support for federal recognition Piro Manso Tiwa Tribe sees some support for federal recognition (03/23)
Commissioners in in Doña Ana County voted 3-2 to support the tribe's long-running effort but the city council in Las Cruces was unable to come to a position due to opposition from another group.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sees setback on recognition Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sees setback on recognition (03/09)
The tribe's status in New Jersey is in limbo as a judge dismisses one of two lawsuits aimed at resolving the impasse.
Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition (03/09)
The hereditary chief of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians brought baptismal records, letters and other documents to help his relatives in Montana.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation awaits ruling in recognition dispute Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation awaits ruling in recognition dispute (03/08)
The tribe was recognized by the state in 1982 through a law that is still on the books but Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his administration are refusing to acknowledge that status.
Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians (03/08)
Federal recognition is an issue that will likely resonate for Democratic voters at the party's caucuses on March 26.
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants (02/17)
Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.
Editorial: Federally recognized tribes are a boost to Oklahoma Editorial: Federally recognized tribes are a boost to Oklahoma (02/15)
It might surprise many Oklahomans to know that the state doesn't have the greatest number of federally recognized Indian tribes.
Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition (02/09)
The tribe is the 557th to be federally recognized in the nation and the first in Virginia with that status.

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