Miamis Not a Tribe, Appeals Court Decides

From Times Wire Reports

The Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana is not a tribe and the federal government does not have to recognize it, a federal appeals court in South Bend ruled.

The court said about 4,700 Indiana Miamis are left. Only a third of those live in five contiguous counties in Indiana, and they don't live in a group.

The appeals court ruled that "Indian nations, like foreign nations, can disappear over time."

The Interior Department ruled in 1992 that the Miamis were not a tribe, saying the group didn't live in a distinct community and had not maintained authority over members.

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