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U.S. House passes bill to federally recognize Little Shell Tribe

Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 19:50:09-04

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Both Senator Steve Daines and Senator Jon Tester acknowledged the bill’s passage Tuesday.

The bill was blocked in December, but was reintroduced in both the House and Senate this past January.

The legislation would grant the Little Shell Tribe federal recognition and give them access to resources including healthcare, education, and housing.

“I’m glad to see the Little Shell Tribe today get one step closer to receiving federal recognition with bill passage in the House under Congressman Gianforte’s great leadership,” Daines said. “Little Shell is an important part of our state’s heritage, and I will keep fighting in the U.S. Senate to ensure they finally receive this long overdue recognition.”

Tester first introduced legislation to federally recognize the tribe in 2007, which was the first bill he introduced as a United States Senator.

“The Little Shell have fought too long to secure what is rightfully theirs, and today’s passage of the Little Shell Recognition Act in the House is a step in the right direction. I’m going to keep fighting until we get this important bill through the Senate and make sure we do right by the Little Shell,” Tester stated.