Mich. Tribe Renews 80-Year Battle For Federal Recognition

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 8:18 PM EST) -- A Michigan band of Native Americans filed a suit in D.C. federal court on Monday against the Bureau of Indian Affairs, arguing that the BIA's failure to issue a final decision on the tribe's petition to reorganize led to its failure to receive federal recognition.

Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians brought its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, the secretary of the interior and Lawrence S. Roberts, the principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs, saying that even though it has petitioned...
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