Federal Recognition
City backs Little Shell Chippewa Tribe's recognition

The city of Great Falls, Montana, is going to pass a resolution to support recognition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, the mayor said.

The tribe received a favorable preliminary determination in May 2000. Vice chairman James Parker Shield said a six-month comment period has turned into six years.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) recently signed a resolution to recognize the tribe. Other tribes in the state back the Little Shell Chippewas.

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) has introduced a bill to recognize the tribe but the House Resources Committee is waiting on a response from the Interior Department. Shield said the bill will have to be re-introduced next year.

Get the Story:
Mayor pledges city's support of tribe's quest for recognition (The Great falls Tribune 11/5)

Recognition Bill:
Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act (H.R.5804)

Relevant Links:
Little Shell Tribe - http://www.littleshelltribe.com

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