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Delaware Tribe on the brink of federal recognition


After years of struggling, the Delaware Tribe of Indians is on the cusp of regaining federal recognition. Tribal voters on May 26 overwhelmingly approved the tribe's proposed constitution and bylaws, with 1,136 voting to approve the constitution and 19 opposing it. The election was administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Bartlesville-based tribe, which has about 10,800 members, is separate from the federally recognized Delaware Nation, which has its headquarters in Anadarko.