Trump Will Likely Hinder Federal Recognition For Tribes

Law360, New York (February 2, 2017, 10:58 AM EST) -- Ryan A. Smith

Michael P. Smith The Trump administration’s impact on Indian Country may be major, especially in the area of tribal recognition, which is a formal acknowledgement of a tribe’s sovereignty, setting forth a “government-to-government” relationship between a tribe and the federal government. Beyond the symbolic and legal implications of tribal sovereignty, tribal recognition also confers numerous federal services and resources, including becoming eligible to have the federal government place tribal lands in trust. The recognition process has been extremely controversial and has been dealt with very differently by Republicans and Democrats. If history is any guide and Trump is...

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