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Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Interior (Department) declines to acknowledge that the petitioner known as the “Central Band of Cherokee” (formerly known as the “Cherokees of Lawrence County, Tennessee”), Petitioner #227, is an Indian tribe within the meaning ofFederal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not meet one of the seven mandatory criteria for a government-to-government relationship with the United States. The Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) produced a Summary under the Criterion as the basis for this final determination (FD).