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Petitioners for Federal Acknowledgment as of September 29, 2015
Regulation RevisionStatePetition
Petitioning Group NameContact Person
1994VA323Pamunkey Indian TribeRobert Gray
1994WA085Tolowa NationMax M. Keyes
1994CA082Southern Sierra Miwuk NationLois Martin
1994GA041Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc.Thomas B. Mote
1994CA120Amah Mutsun Band of Ohlone/Costanoan IndiansIrenne Zwierlein
1994MI146Grand River Bands of Ottawa IndiansRonald F. Yob
2015FL032Muscogee Nation of FloridaAnn D. Tucker
2015NM005Piro/Manso/Tiwa Indian Tribe of the Pueblo of San Juan GuadalupeEdward Roybal, II
2015CA158Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission IndiansRudy Ortega, Jr.

Petitioners for Federal Acknowledgment as of September 29, 2015,
that Will Supplement their Documented Petitions
Regulation RevisionStatePetition
Petitioning Group NameContact Person
2015NC119BMeherrin Indian TribeWayne M. Brown
2015LA056United Houma Nation, Inc.Thomas Dardar, Jr.
2015LA056ABiloxi, Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, Inc.Randy Verdun
2015LA056BPointe-au-Chien Indian TribeCharles Verdin, Sr.
2015MT031Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of MontanaGerald Gray
2015CA084AJuaneno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen NationTeresa M. Romero
The above tables list all the petitioners that, as of September 29, 2015, have submitted documented petitions to the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. The above tables also indicate which petitioners chose to to be evaluated under the  provisions of the 1994 acknowledgment regulations and which petitioners chose to be evaluated under the provisions of the 2015 acknowledgment regulations, pursuant to 25 CFR 83.7(b). The petitioners in the second table have stated that they will supplement their petitions with additional material. When one of these petitioners submits new materials and declares that its submissions are complete, the Department will review the materials and move the petitioner onto the Register of Documented Petitions in accordance with 25 CFR 83.21-22.


25 CFR Part 83 ACKNOWLEDGMENT REGULATIONS as revised in 2015 (the current regulations):




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 revisions of the acknowledgment regulations (in 1978 and 1994); several guidance directives from the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs; general timelines for the 25 CFR 83 acknowledgment process; technical assistance (TA) guidelines; GAO reports; 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 the 1994 revision of the acknowledgment regulations, petitioners or interested parties could appeal decisions by the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs.