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Mishewal Wappo Tribe's recognition backed by unknown group

The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of California is being backed by an unknown group of investors as it seeks to regain federal recognition.

The tribe was terminated by an act of Congress in 1959. But a lawsuit claims the Interior Department failed to carry out the process.

Settlement talks are underway and could lead to the tribe being restored. After that happens, Chairman Scott Gabaldon said the investors will have to be paid back.

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