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BIA issues final decision against Central Band of Cherokees
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Bureau of Indian Affairs
has issued a final determination against federal recognition for the
Central Band of Cherokee
, a group in Tennessee.
The BIA said the group did not meet the seven mandatory criteria for federal recognition. In particular, its members were unable to document Indian ancestry.
"[T]he evidence shows that the group’s ancestors were consistently identified as non-Indians, primarily White settlers coming to Tennessee in the early and mid-1800s from disparate locations. At no time were they identified as Indians or living in an Indian community," the BIA said in a
The group is recognized by the state of Tennessee, according to its website.
Self-identified American Indian tribes renew fight for recognition
(The Tennessean 3/26)
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