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Indian Affairs won't recognize Little Shell


October 28, 2009

MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS

The members of Montana's Congresssional delegation are focusing on legislation to recognize a landless Montana tribe after the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs declined a 31-year-old request for federal recognition. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., sponsored legislation in July to recognize the Little Shell Tribe, and Montana's Democratic U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester sponsored similar legislation in the Senate Tuesday after the bureau announced it would deny the Tribe's request. "It kind of hurts, naturally, but it...

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