BIA issues final decision against Tolowa Nation of California

The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a final determination against federal recognition for the Tolowa Nation of California.

According to a press release, the tribe failed to show that a predominant portion of its group comprises a distinct community and has existed as a community from historical times until the present. The decision will become final 90 days after a notice has been published in the Federal Register.

Since 1978, only one California tribe has successfully gained recognition through the BIA's process.

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