Havre Daily News: Tester introduces bill to give Little Shell federal recognition

Members of Montana’s congressional delegation are once again pushing to extend federal recognition to an Indian tribe.

Sen. Jon Tester, for himself and Sen. Max Baucus, introduced a bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.

The Tribe was recognized by Montana in 2000, but decades of trying to achieve federal recognition continues to be stalled.

In the bill, Tester recounts the history of the Tribe’s search for recognition, including its participating in the Pembina Treaty of 1863, under which a large area of land in North Dakota was ceded to the United States.

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