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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.
Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague (02/04)
D.K. Sprague led his people through a number of major milestones, including federal recognition and the establishment of the tribe's land base.
Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition (02/04)
Bob Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indians, knows tribal members should’ve worked ages ago to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles leading to federal designation.
Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case (02/02)
Stand Up For California was the only group that challenged the Virginia tribe's federal status.
Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition (02/01)
The Virginia-based tribe is set to become the 567 federally recognized tribe in the United States.
BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again (02/01)
The list contains the names of 556 federally-recognized tribes, the same number as last year.
Lumbee Tribe commemorates 58th anniversary of ouster of Ku Klux Klan Lumbee Tribe commemorates 58th anniversary of ouster of Ku Klux Klan (01/19)
In what became known as the Victory at Hayes Pond, tribal members drove out the supremacist group from Robeson County, North Carolina, on January 18, 1958.
Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress (01/05)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington) has introduced several bills to extend federal recognition to a tribe whose ancestors include Chief Si’ahl, the namesake of Seattle.
Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS (12/16)
A massive bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016 was finally released and it includes only modest increases for Indian Country.
Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues (12/11)
The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.

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