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IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (08/27)
Tribal members must take a long trip by ferry and car to the island of Martha's Vineyard if they want to receive service at the clinic on the reservation.
History: When Donald Trump belittled the Ramapough Nation History: When Donald Trump belittled the Ramapough Nation (08/13)
Imagine that you have to prove your ethnicity when filling out a census form and myriad other forms posing that question in American society
DOI finalizes new rule for appeals in federal recognition cases DOI finalizes new rule for appeals in federal recognition cases (08/13)
The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has been cut out of the picture in an attempt to increase transparency and due process.
Ramapough Lunaape Nation still working for federal recognition Ramapough Lunaape Nation still working for federal recognition (08/11)
A new documentary, American Native, traces the New Jersey tribe's ongoing struggle.
Pamunkey Tribe enters federal recognition era with new chief Pamunkey Tribe enters federal recognition era with new chief (08/04)
Kevin Brown stepped down as chief after the tribe won a favorable decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation to expand land holdings Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation to expand land holdings (08/04)
Cumberland County is donating $40,000 to help the tribe buy 24 acres in Fairfield Township in New Jersey.
Editorial: New Jersey governor quietly obliterates three tribes Editorial: New Jersey governor quietly obliterates three tribes (07/27)
President Andrew Jackson would have loved Gov. Chris Christie.
Editorial: Respect the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation Editorial: Respect the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation (07/24)
If the Lenni-Lenape are in limbo, end any doubt with legislation recognizing them.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sues in New Jersey Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sues in New Jersey (07/21)
The tribe was recognized by the state in 1982 but Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his administration are questioning that status.
Group that claims Cherokee ancestry files for recognition Group that claims Cherokee ancestry files for recognition (07/21)
The Southern Cherokee Tribe submitted a 79-pound application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in May.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: How trip to Cuba helped Miccosukee Tribe Dina Gilio-Whitaker: How trip to Cuba helped Miccosukee Tribe (07/15)
The U.S.’s deteriorating relationship with Cuba paralleled its deteriorating relationship with Native nations.
Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust (07/13)
The tribe resides on a 1,200-acre reservation that was set aside in the 1600s but it's not yet considered Indian Country.
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for Pamunkey Tribe Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for Pamunkey Tribe (07/10)
Recognition for the Pamunkeys, in addition to being the right thing to do, represents another repudiation of William Plecker’s bestial racism, and the Virginia government’s.
Duwamish Tribe won't give up long quest for recognition recognition Duwamish Tribe won't give up long quest for recognition recognition (07/07)
An attorney hinted of an appeal after the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a negative decision in the long-running case.
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation opposes BIA's federal recognition rule Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation opposes BIA's federal recognition rule (07/07)
The final regulation prevents the Connecticut tribe from resubmitting a new petition for recognition.
House to resume consideration of Interior appropriations measure House to resume consideration of Interior appropriations measure (07/07)
President Barack Obama is threatening to veto H.R.2822 due to lower funding levels and controversial policy riders.
Editorial: Connecticut wins with BIA's federal recognition reforms Editorial: Connecticut wins with BIA's federal recognition reforms (07/06)
Sometimes relentless political pressure can make something good happen in Washington.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe welcomes federal recognition reforms Little Shell Chippewa Tribe welcomes federal recognition reforms (07/03)
The tribe won a preliminary ruling during the Clinton administration but hit a roadblock in the Obama administration.
Leader of Duwamish Tribe calls denial of recognition 'devastating' Leader of Duwamish Tribe calls denial of recognition 'devastating' (07/03)
The tribe didn't meet two significant criteria despite spending decades on the federal acknowledgment process.
Editorial: Other tribes in Virginia deserve federal recognition too Editorial: Other tribes in Virginia deserve federal recognition too (07/03)
For Virginia’s American Indian tribes, July 2 likely will go down in history as a red letter, to be remembered as the day the first Virginia tribe gained official recognition from the federal government.
Duwamish Tribe rejected for federal recognition for a third time Duwamish Tribe rejected for federal recognition for a third time (07/02)
A victory in court did not lead to federal status for the tribe that counts Chief Si’ahl, the namesake of Seattle, as an ancestor.
Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA (07/02)
The tribe is the first in Virginia to complete the federal acknowledgment process.
Virginia tribes hindered by racist policies created by one man Virginia tribes hindered by racist policies created by one man (07/01)
Walter Ashby Plecker spent 34 years systematically erasing the Indian identity of thousands of tribal members as head of the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
BIA adopts new policy regarding federal recognition process BIA adopts new policy regarding federal recognition process (06/30)
All groups seeking recognition, clarification or affirmation of their status must follow the same rules.
Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognition Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognition (06/30)
Lobbyists for the Morongo Band of California and aides to Sen. Patrick Murphy (D-Connecticut) argued against a prior version of the rule.
Self-described Cherokee artist charged for misrepresentation Self-described Cherokee artist charged for misrepresentation (06/29)
Terry Lee Whitstone is accused of violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
BIA issues long-awaited update to federal recognition process BIA issues long-awaited update to federal recognition process (06/29)
The final rule does not include a controversial provision that would have allowed groups to submit new petitions.
Leader of Monacan Nation passes on after fight with liver cancer Leader of Monacan Nation passes on after fight with liver cancer (06/24)
Sharon Bryant was the first woman to lead the tribe. She was 54.
Mary Annette Pember: Shawnee tribes question 'hobby' Indians Mary Annette Pember: Shawnee tribes question 'hobby' Indians (06/19)
'Playing Indian' is so common that most Native peoples have grown inured to the cringe-inducing spectacle of white folks doing ungainly dances at hobby powwows all over the world.
Little Shell Tribe seeks greater access to bison from Yellowstone Little Shell Tribe seeks greater access to bison from Yellowstone (06/17)
Chairman Gerald Gray said a yearly allocation of two hunting licenses isn't enough to meet the needs of his people.
Appropriations measure blocks BIA's federal recognition reforms Appropriations measure blocks BIA's federal recognition reforms (06/16)
The rule hasn't been made public but lawmakers don't want to see it implemented or enforced.
Bill introduced to resolve Alabama-Coushatta Tribe's land claim Bill introduced to resolve Alabama-Coushatta Tribe's land claim (06/09)
The tribe is willing to drop its claim, plus $270.6 million in potential compensation, as part of a deal with Congress.
Former Lumbee Tribe chairman Jimmy Goins killed in car accident Former Lumbee Tribe chairman Jimmy Goins killed in car accident (06/08)
Jimmy Goins led the tribe from 2004 to 2010 and was a strong advocate for federal recognition.
Leader of Monacan Nation diagnosed with terminal liver cancer Leader of Monacan Nation diagnosed with terminal liver cancer (06/03)
Sharon Bryant, the first woman to serve as chief, spent most of her first term focusing on federal recognition for her people.
Mark Rogers: Tribal nations in New York deserve full recognition Mark Rogers: Tribal nations in New York deserve full recognition (06/03)
To delve into the waters of tribal recognition is to wade in the muddiest of pools rife with greed, racism and political agendas.

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