When I did the Native American course for Ancestry, I truthfully stated that there were 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. A few others are recognized by states and many are trying to obtain federal recognition. It’s a long process that requires extensive research. Some of the Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines have changed. You can read a June 29th press release on that by clicking here.
There are now 567 federally recognized tribes. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is the state of Virginia’s first federally recognized tribe.
So when you take or retake my Native American research course, you will know that 566 number needs to have one more added!
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