U.S. SENATE (NMB) – After nearly securing its passage in the last Congress, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are re-introducing bipartisan legislation to grant the Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa federal recognition.
A press release says that the Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000.
Tester said, “The Little Shell deserve to have their sovereignty recognized. It’s time for the federal government to do right by the Little Shell. After years of fighting, I’m hopeful we can get it done this Congress.”
Native American Tribes must be recognized as sovereign nations by the federal government to exercise full self-governance. Under this nation-to-nation relationship, Tribes can access critical resources for economic development, health care and education resources, and regulate affairs on tribal lands on terms socially and culturally appropriate.
The Little Shell Tribe is headquartered in Great Falls and has over 5,400 members across Montana.