Working toward federal recognition is always a tough process, but has proven difficult especially for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
In its last chance attempt for acknowledgment in front of Congress on April 14, the tribe hoped to dispel its century-long campaign.
The tribe of 4,300 people that were recognized by officials and other tribes in Montana a decade ago for this landless tribe has obstacles along the lines of being turned down in 2009 for recognition, senators opposing the move and even political infighting.
As two members claim to be the rightful leaders of the tribe according to an Associated Press story that ran on Beaumont Enterprise website.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., sponsored a bill on April 14 in support of the tribe, despite the in fighting, which he feels shouldn’t factor into the push for federal recognition.
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