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Is the federal government right to make it easier for Indian tribes to be recognized?

Posted 9/1/13

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is looking to change the rules for the recognition of Native American tribes by the federal government, essentially rolling back the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 that prevented any tribes from being recognized if they were not recognized in some way by 1934.

That decision came from a case brought as a result of the state of Rhode Island not wanting to allow the Narragansett Indian Tribe to claim sovereignty over its Charlestown reservation land.

Some states have lined up against the Bureau of Indian Affairs proposal, afraid that it will allow more casinos to be built by tribes and will open the door for towns and property owners to be forced to forfeit their land. Where do you stand on the issue?

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