Final Rule on the Federal Acknowledgement Process

The final rule on the federal acknowledgement process has been published. According to a press release>> by the Department of the Interior, “…the final rule carries forward the current standard of proof and seven mandatory criteria that petitioners must meet to substantiate their claim to tribal identification, community and political authority. To promote fairness and consistent implementation, the new process provides that prior decisions, which found evidence or methodology sufficient to satisfy a particular criterion for a previous petitioner, are sufficient to satisfy that criterion for a present petitioner. The final rule further promotes consistent application by establishing a uniform evaluation period of more than a century, from 1900 to the present, to satisfy the seven mandatory criteria.” An official statement from the EPTN is forthcoming.

Final Rule on the Federal Acknowledgement Process>>

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