Chairman's Update, February 22, 2018: Department of Interior to provide Status Update in 30 days


Good day Tribal family,

I want to provide you with a brief update regarding the pending decision by the Department of Interior on our Land in to Trust status.

We had been previously notified that a decision could be announced as early as mid February.

This week we were notified by the Department of Interior that they will provide a status update in 30 days as they are still reviewing evidence.

We do not have any further details at this time, however, as soon as we have any more information I will provide an immediate update.

We remain steadfast in our position that there is a trust responsibility between the United States and all federally recognized tribes so anything other than a positive finding for our people and tribe would be a grave injustice. We have already been acknowledged as a sovereign tribal nation with an established reservation land base.

We have existed, thrived and protected our ancestral lands for 12,000 years.

We are here to stay.


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