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Editorial: New Jersey governor quietly obliterates three tribes
President Andrew Jackson would have loved Gov. Chris Christie.
Editorial: Respect the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation
If the Lenni-Lenape are in limbo, end any doubt with legislation recognizing them.
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation sues in New Jersey
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
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
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
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
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
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
The final regulation prevents the Connecticut tribe from resubmitting a new petition for recognition.
House to resume consideration of Interior appropriations measure
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
Sometimes relentless political pressure can make something good happen in Washington.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe welcomes federal recognition reforms
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'
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
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
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
The tribe is the first in Virginia to complete the federal acknowledgment process.
Virginia tribes hindered by racist policies created by one man
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
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 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
Terry Lee Whitstone is accused of violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
BIA issues long-awaited update to federal recognition process
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
Sharon Bryant was the first woman to lead the tribe. She was 54.
Mary Annette Pember: Shawnee tribes question 'hobby' Indians
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Federal agents seized Robert Soto's regalia at a powwow in March 2006.
Chief of Chickahominy Tribe eyes seat in Virginia Legislature
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
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
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
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
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.'
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