BIA grants Abenaki Nation delay on recognition

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to delay its final decision against recognition for the Abenaki Nation of Vermont, Indian Country Today reports.

The BIA issued a proposed negative finding in November 2005. The agency said the tribe failed to show descent from the historical Abenaki tribe, continuous existence as a tribe from 1900 to 1975 and political authority.

The tribe asked and received an extension in order to submit more documentation. The tribe hopes it can bolster its case and reverse the proposed finding.

The Vermont Legislature passed a bill to grant state recognition to the tribe but Attorney General William Sorrell has fought the tribe.

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