S.35, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act, extends recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana. The tribe went through the Office of Federal Acknowledgment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs but saw a setback that would be corrected if Congress enacts the bill.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved S.35 at a business meeting in March. The Obama administration does not oppose it.
The second bill is S.465, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act . The bill extends recognition to the the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Monacan Nation and the Nansemond Tribe.
The tribes could follow the BIA process but their situation is complicated by a racist state law that required their Indian identities to be expunged from official records