Federal Recognition

Federal Recognition Conference

Who Decides You’re Real? Fixing the Federal Recognition Process - Conference Website


Click here for Indian Legal Clinic Federal Recognition Survey 

We are accepting completed surveys through March 31, 2014.
Please print, complete and mail to:
Indian Legal Clinic
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287 


Indian Country Today article: Inherent Sovereignty Declaration Sets Tone for Fed. Rec. Conference,

ASU Press Release: Broken Federal Recognition Process
ASU College of Law news article: Indian Legal Clinic hosts conference on broken federal recognition process
Aljazeera America article: Tribal nations are tired of waiting for Uncle Sam to recognize them


News and Events:

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced publication of proposed regulations to revise the federal acknowledgment process for Indian tribes.

             View the Proposed Rule

             View the Comparison Chart (comparing current rule to proposed rule)

BIA to reconsider recognition for Little Shell Chippewa Tribe

Discussion draft for Part 83 Procedures for Establishing That An American Indian Group Exists as An Indian Tribe

Revisions to Federal Acknowledgment Regulations on BIA website

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Federal Recognition Process: July 12, 2012

House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaskan Native Affairs Oversight Hearing on "Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government," June 27, 2012

Virginia Tribes Fight for Federal Recognition

The Fight for Recognition- Casino Concerns Raises Stakes for Napa in Wappo Restoration Quest

U.S. Senate Panel Advances Lumbee Recognition Bill

November 4, 2009 - Ferguson-Bohnee testifies before Committee on Indian Affairs - Oversight Hearing on Fixing the Federal Acknowledgment Process

April 24, 2008 - Ferguson-Bohnee testifies before Committee on Indian Affairs - Oversight Hearing for Improving the Federal Acknowledgment Process

Video Clips:

Lumbee Tribe Seek Federal Recognition
What Matters- Quest for Federal Recognition: Six Virginia Indian Tribes


National Congress of the American Indians - Federal Recognition

US DOI - Office of Federal Acknowledgment

US GAO - November 2001

US GAO - February 2005 

Native American Rights Funds - Federal Recognition

 August, 2004 Bureau of Indian Affairs Federal Acknowledgment Decision Compilation v 2.0

July 24, 2009 United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians v BIA / Decision

Hearing: H.R. 2837, Indian Tribal Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Act