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Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA)

Recent 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 2, 2015
Final Decision Petitioner #25, Duwamish Tribal Organization (pdf), July 2, 2015

Revisions to Regulations

Revisions to Regulations on Federal Acknowledgment of Indian Tribes (25 CFR 83 or "Part 83")

Basic Administrative and Regulatory Documents:


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 ("the old 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; guidelines for preparing petitions; sample formats of petitioner submissions; 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 Cases: This is a listing of the Department's latest decisions. The listing contains not only the decision documents, but also the press releases and Federal Register notices for each decision.

Acknowledgment Decision Compilation (ADC):The ADC contains copies of previous acknowledgment decisions and associated documents.

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.