Federal Recognition


To qualify for recognition and assistance from the U.S. federal government or for tribal money and services, Native Americans have not only to belong to a recognized tribal entity but also to qualify as members of that entity. This has taken a number of different forms as each tribal government makes its own rules while the federal government has separate standards in some areas as well. In many cases, this is based on the percentage of Native American blood, or the "blood quanta".

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