Montana's Congressional delegation pushes for federal recognition of Little Shell Tribe

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WASHINGTON DC — On the first day of the 114th Congress, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced a bill to grant the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Cree federal recognition.

The Little Shell Tribe, based in Great Falls, has been trying to get federal recognition for more than 35 years.

The State of Montana recognized the Little Shell tribe in 2000.

In a press release, Tester said, “Congress has a trust responsibility to our nation’s tribes, and that responsibility should extend to Montana’s Little Shell. Their federal recognition will strengthen all of Indian Country and help us live up to the promises we’ve made.”

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