Outgoing senators backing US recognition for 2 state tribes


              A man walks past letters signifying the reservation headquarters of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians at Mount Vernon, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
            
              Framon Weaver, a former chief of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, speaks during an interview at the group's reservation at Mount Vernon, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
            
              A receptionist works in the office of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians at Mount Vernon, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
            
              FILE - Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 17, 2021, in Washington. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. Burr is sponsoring legislation for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
            
              FILE - Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, talks with reporters at the Capitol on Feb. 13, 2020, in Washington. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. Shelby is handling a bill for the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians in Alabama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
            
              Framon Weaver, a former chief of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, speaks during an interview at the group's reservation at Mount Vernon, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Native American groups in Alabama and North Carolina are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve something that's been elusive so far: federal recognition as tribes. Victories in Congress could mean millions in federal funding for both. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Outgoing senators backing US recognition for 2 state tribes