Tribe In Limbo As NJ Does Double Take On Recognition

Law360, New York (February 16, 2016, 3:13 PM EST) -- A suit by a New Jersey tribe claiming the state has reneged on its official acknowledgment of the group illustrates the confusion that can crop up around state recognition as tribes navigate a state's particular process to achieve and maintain that status for the sake of potentially uncertain benefits.

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation filed a complaint in July to seek explicit state recognition from New Jersey, saying state officials have failed to correct an employee's denial of the existence of the tribe and two other state-recognized tribes and claiming the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape have lost federal benefits and economic protections they've had...

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