Recognition for Little Shell long overdue
The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana features a stunning Lodge Rotunda room, within which are 12 wooden beams inscribed with the names of each of Montana’s Native American tribes. Included among these names is the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa, who have long fought for federal recognition – and who continue to await federal action.
Last week, Montana’s U.S. senators seized the first day of the new congressional session to introduce a bill granting the tribe federal recognition at long last. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, both members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, ought to be applauded for recognizing the importance of this legislation and for working together to get a bill on the table right away.