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Federally Recognized Tribes

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Aboriginal status is determined through specific means and criteria outlined in NAGPRA law and regulations (see questions 11 and 13 on the FAQ page of this website for more information).

The list of tribes is subject to expansion based upon information provided by tribal representatives during consultations or submitted by tribal representatives attempting to establish tribal or aboriginal land status for their tribe in a given state and/or county.

  • Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
  • Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin)
  • Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan)
  • Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation of Montana
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation (Oklahoma)
  • Delaware Nation (Oklahoma)
  • Delaware Tribe of Indians (Oklahoma)
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (Missouri)
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Minnesota)
  • Forest County Potawatomi (Wisconsin)
  • Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Minnesota)
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
  • Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan)
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
  • Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas
  • Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of Kansas
  • Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin)
  • Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin)
  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
  • Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)
  • Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan)
  • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
  • Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana)
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Kansas)
  • Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation (California and Arizona)
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin)
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (Minnesota)
  • Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska
  • Sac and Fox Nation (Oklahoma)
  • Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
  • Saint Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
  • Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Seneca Nation of Indians (New York)
  • Shawnee Tribe (Oklahoma)
  • Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Wisconsin)
  • Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (North Dakota)
  • White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Wyandotte Nation (Oklahoma)