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Recently recognized Tejon Tribe to close enrollment next month

Members of the Tejon Tribe recently raised money for cancer research. Photo from American Cancer Society Relay for Life

The recently recognized Tejon Tribe of California will close its enrollment next month.

The tribe placed a legal notice in The Los Angeles Times on August 17. It states that membership applications will be accepted until September 17.

According to the notice, membership is based on a Bureau of Indian Affairs roll from December 1915. Lineal descent from the roll is required.

Citing a past mistake, former assistant secretary Larry Echo Hawk restored the tribe to the list in January 2012. The Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department said he did so without regard to any sort of "discernible process."

Get the Story:
Membership bids for Tejon Tribe to be closed September 15, 5 p.m (The Mountain Enteprirse 8/21)

DOI Inspector General Report:
Investigative Report of the Tejon Indian Tribe (April 2013)

Federal Register Notices:
Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the Bureau of Indian Affairs (August 10, 2012)
Notice of Service Delivery Area Designation for the Tejon Indian Tribe (September 11, 2013)

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