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Little Shell Tribe's Bid for Recognition Considered

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The US Department of the Interior announced that they will consider the Little Shell Tribe's eligibility for Federal tribal recognition. The Little Shell Tribe met recently with Representative Steve Daines and have also gained the support of senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus in their bid to become Federally recognized. Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray says federal recognition could do so much good for the Little Shell Tribe.

"Federal recognition means that we can protect our sovereignty which protects our membership, It also will provide us services for our members both veterans and elderly, scholarships for children, education," says Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray.

The Little Shell Tribe has asked for Federal recognition since the 1930's and been turned down based on Federal legal requirements that the tribe have not met. However the tribe now has a chance to be federally recognized through a congressional vote.

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