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Utah senator blocks vote on Montana tribe's recognition


December 24, 2018

Staff and wire report

A Republican U.S. senator from Utah last week blocked a vote on a bill to grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The U.S. House passed a bill in September that would have required the federal government to set aside a small amount of land for the tribe and make its 6,000 members eligible for government benefits.

Sen. Mike Lee objected Thursday to passing the bill without debate, arguing the Bureau of Indian Affairs denied the tribe’s petition for recognition in 2009.

Little Shell Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray called it a ...

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