Duwamish Tribal Organization Does Not Meet Requirements for Federal Acknowledgement

 Duwamish Tribal Organization


Duwamish Tribal Organization

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Interior-Indian Affairs issued a final determination on Thursday, July 2, 2015 declining to recognize the Duwamish Tribal Organization as a federally recognized tribe.

The Interior Department reached the same conclusion in September 2001, declining to acknowledge the Duwamish Tribal Organization following an evaluation under its 1978 regulations.  The U.S. District Court in Western Washington vacated that decision in 2013 and remanded it back to the Department for review under 1994 revisions to the regulations or “explain why it declines to do so.”

This final determination on remand concludes the administrative process: the Duwamish Tribal Organization petitioner does not meet the requirements for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian tribe under either the 1978 or 1994 regulations.

The Duwamish Tribal Organization, which first formed in 1925, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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