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Much at stake for tribes awaiting recognition

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Edna Doney Teske, 74, is Indian, but not officially. "They don't recognize us as Native Americans," said Teske, a member of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. "They don't recognize us as whites. So where do we belong?" The "they" to which Teske refers is the federal government, which officially recognizes 562 tribes, according to Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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