Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA)
[Please note: this section will updated shortly after October 1, 2015, reflecting choices made by the petitioners pursuant to the 2015 regulations 25 CFR 83.7(b)]
RECENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT DECISIONS:
Letter to Petitioner #323 on Final Decision for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe (pdf), July 2, 2015
Final Decision, Petitioner #323, Pamunkey Indian Tribe (pdf), July 2, 2015
Letter to Petitioner #25 on Final Decision for the Duwamish Indian Organization (pdf), July 24, 2015
Final Decision Petitioner #25, Duwamish Tribal Organization (pdf), July 24, 2015
Letter to Petitioner #25 on Final Decision for the Duwamish Indian Organization (pdf), July 2, 2015
Final Decision Petitioner #25, Duwamish Tribal Organization (pdf), July 2, 2015
- Brief Overview of OFA
- Number of Petitioners by State (as of November 12, 2013)
- Number of Letters of Intent Received (as of November 12, 2013)
- List of Petitioners by State (as of November 12, 2013)
- Status Summary of Acknowledgment Cases (as of November 12, 2013)
- Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United State Bureau of Indian Affairs (List of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, 80 FR 1941) as published on January 14, 2015
- Sample Formats for Petitioner Submissions....
2015 REGULATIONS (the "current" regulations):
- Abbreviated Form of 25 CFR Part 83 Criteria (2015 version coming soon)
- 25 CFR Part 83, "Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes"
- 25 CFR Part 83 Process Chart (2015 version coming soon)
1994 REGULATIONS (the "previous" regulations):
- Abbreviated Form of 25 CFR Part 83 Criteria
- 25 CFR Part 83, "Procedures for Establishing that an American Indian Group Exists as an Indian Tribe"
- 25 CFR Part 83 Process Chart under 1994 Regulations (.pdf)
Supplemental Administrative and Regulatory Documents: These are additional documents that may be of assistance in preparing petitions and in better understanding the Federal acknowledgment process. These documents include the previous version of the acknowledgment regulations (both the 1978 regulations and the 1994 regulations); several guidance directives from the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs; general timelines for the 25 CFR 83 acknowledgment process (.pdf); technical assistance (TA) guidelines; the 2005 GAO report; and other documents.
Guidelines, Precedent Manual, and Sample Petition Narrative: The documents include general guidelines intended for the petitioning group, as well as more specialized guidelines for researchers. Also included is a precedent manual that may better help petitioners understand how the Department has interpreted the regulations. A sample petition narrative provides an example of a narrative written by a member of a petitioning group, who volunteered for the project, along with the help of other group members.
Recent Acknowledgment Actions: This is a listing of some of the Department's latest actions regarding the 25 CFR Part 83 acknowledgment process.
Petitions Decided: This is a listing of the petitions that have resolved through the 25 CFR Part 83 acknowledgment process.
Petitions under Active Consideration: This is a listing of the petitions that the Department is now evaluating under the 25 CFR Part 83 acknowledgment process.
Register of Documented Petitions: This is a list of the petitioners who have submitted a documented petition as defined by 25 CFR Part 83 and are waiting for the evaluation process to begin.
Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) Documents: The IBIA is an appeals court within the Department of the Interior to which, under 25 CFR 83, petitioners or interested parties may appeal decisions by the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs.