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Federal Acknowledgement

Federal Acknowledgment and Initial Reservations:  California urban and metropolitan municipalities are on the crest of the next wave of tribal gaming expansion. Herein lays the potential for the mandatory establishment of Indian lands and tribal casinos in the City of San Francisco, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.  Even metropolitan Counties such as Orange and Los Angeles, which currently have no federally recognized tribes or Indian lands eligible for the establishment of gaming.  

California currently has 3 tribal groups in the active phase of the federal  acknowledgment process.   Once begun, the process found in 25 CFR Part 83.10 has an inertia all of its own. Upon acknowledgment, the Indian group becomes a tribal government and thereafter deals on a government-to-government basis with cities, counties and states. 

The new regulation  published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2015 has relaxed the seven criteria for recognition.  Prior to the new rule, 81 groups had submitted letters of intent to begin the process.  The new regulations does not require a letter of intent but rather a complete documented application.  That requires a narrative, governing documents, membership list and all supporting documents. All prior letters of intent have been removed. 


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