Duwamish Tribe sues to gain federal recognition

The Duwamish Tribe of Washington filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in hopes of gaining federal recognition.

The tribe won a favorable decision in the final days of the Clinton administration in January 2001. The decision was reversed by the Bush administration in September 2001.

The lawsuit says the reversal was politically motivated and was influenced by factors not related to the tribe's history and genealogy. It questions the work of the Branch of Acknowledgment and Research at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the work of the Office of the Solicitor at the Interior Department..

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Duwamish tribe sues to reverse 'extinct' status (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 5/8)