The Code of Federal Regulations was written by non-Indians, and they were the ones that made the decision that if tribes did not submit paperwork in 1934 requesting Federal recognition based on their regulations and requirements, they were not federally recognized [“Proposed changes may help tribes get federal recognition,” Local News, June 1].
Just think it took them this many years to realize the change “1934” to “historical times” would enable unrecognized tribes the opportunity to apply to the government for federal recognition and receive the same rights federally recognized tribes receive.
As a retired Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, I am aware of the long, hard fight Cecile Hansen has had in trying to receive federal recognition for the Duwamish Tribe. I also remember it was the late Esther Ross who solely and diligently fought a long battle with the federal government and never gave up, and did finally receive federal recognition for the Stillaguamish Tribe.
I sincerely hope the change is made so the unrecognized tribes can finally receive their due.
Virginia Carpenter, Tulalip