Sandy Lake Band files lawsuit in hopes of gaining federal status
The Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hopes of gaining federal recognition.

The tribe, based in Minnesota, signed treaties with the U.S. as far back as 1825. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson created a reservation for the tribe by executive order.

Despite the actions, the BIA has never placed the tribe on the list of federally recognized entities. The tribe has about 90 members, Chairwoman Sandy Skinaway said.

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