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Recognition of Indian Tribes

States’ government-to-government relationships with tribes continue to evolve, taking many forms, including formal recognition. Usually accomplished through legislative action, state recognition of American Indian tribes is just one tool used to build state-tribal collaboration.


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State-Tribal Collaboration

There are many good reasons for states and tribes to strive for cooperation. States and tribes have far more in common than they have in conflict. Cooperation and mutual respect leads to positive results for both states and tribes.

NCSL State Liaisons


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The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL) works to promote a better understanding of state-tribal issues among policymakers and the public at large.


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Every year numerous bills are considered by state legislatures that can affect tribal communities. These bills address a variety of issues including the environment, education, health care, taxes/revenue and education. View legislation for the current legislative session here.