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Effort to reform rules on tribal recognition has communities concerned
Effort to reform rules on tribal recognition has communities concerned

To Napa Valley winemakers, the idea of a giant casino or big-box store sprouting up amid their carefully manicured vineyards is almost too distressing to consider. But an effort now underway to reform federal rules governing recognition of Native American tribes is forcing them to think about it. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is planning potentially far-reaching changes to what Native Americans and officials agree is an onerous process for gaining tribal status — and the self-governing powers that come with it. That is giving hope to thousands of American Indians who have campaigned for years, in some cases decades, for recognition. But it has caused near panic in communities from...

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