Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Introduction to Tribal Concepts

Non-Federally Recognized Tribes

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As noted earlier, not all tribes are federally recognized. These non-recognized tribes do not have government-to-government relations with the federal government and its agencies. Non-recognized tribes generally are ineligible for the federal services and assistance that federally recognized tribes receive, and they do not hold the same legal rights as federally recognized tribes. They may, however be eligible for other federal programs based on their status as a community. They may also be recognized by states and be eligible for state programs even though they do not have federal recognition.

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