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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' (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (06/29)
Terry Lee Whitstone is accused of violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

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 (06/24)
Sharon Bryant was the first woman to lead the tribe. She was 54.

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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.

Spiritual leader of Lipan Apache Tribe back in court over feathers (05/28)
Federal agents seized Robert Soto's regalia at a powwow in March 2006.

Chief of Chickahominy Tribe eyes seat in Virginia Legislature (05/19)
Stephen Adkins is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Mishewal Wappo Tribe files appeal in federal recognition case (05/18)
A federal judge ruled that the tribe waited too long after being listed for termination to sue the government.

Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearings (05/18)
Alaska's sole Congressional representative has managed to inject uncertainty into his legacy with a hearing on federal recognition and another on the land-into-trust process.

Tennessee groups file civil rights suit over recognition status (05/13)
The Remnant Yuchi Nation, the Tanasi Tribe and the United Eastern Lenape Tribe are seeking more than $60 million in damages.

Native Sun News: Film tackles tribal recognition controversy (05/13)
As part of the folklore and community mythology in New York and New Jersey for many is the saying, 'Don’t go in to the mountains, because the ‘Jackson Whites’ will get you.'

BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribe (05/11)
A group on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation wants to organize under the provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act.

No movement on reform of federal recognition process at BIA (05/04)
The final rule was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review but it has yet to appear in the Federal Register.

Editorial: States need help dealing with newly recognized tribes (04/27)
Of the Obama administration approves new federal tribal recognition rules, the administration and Congress had better help states deal with the consequences.

BIA faces fire over latest reforms to federal recognition process (04/23)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn faced criticism from tribal leaders and lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

BIA submits federal recognition rule to White House for review (04/21)
The Part 83 reforms could be published in the Federal Register any day now.

Puerto Rico putting more focus on indigenous history of island (04/21)
Lawmakers are considering a bill to extend governmental recognition to an indigenous organization so it can secure federal funds.

House subcommittee to hold hearing on BIA recognition reform (04/20)
The title of the hearing appears to point to a sinister motive for the reforms being considered by the Obama administration.

Mohegan Tribe supports re-election of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (04/20)
The Democrat garnered a reputation as an Indian fighter during his tenure as attorney general in Connecticut.

Editorial: Virginia's tribes need federal recognition from Congress (04/17)
It’s been a long, hard slog for the Monacan Indian Nation and the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock and Nansemond tribes during the past decades in their quest to gain federal recognition.

Lumbee Tribe remains in long quest to gain federal recognition (04/16)
Another year, another effort by the tribe go gain federal status through an act of Congress.

Editorial: Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status despite past (04/08)
The Pamunkeys dispute the idea that the tribe discriminated against African-Americans and say some tribe members have black spouses.

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