ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Assistant secretary of Interior for Indian Affairs Kevin Gover has added two Alaska Native tribes to the government's list of federally recognized tribes.
Official recognition of the Shoonaq' Tribe of Kodiak and the King Salmon Tribe was long overdue, Gover said in a written statement.
Making the list of federally recognized tribes means a tribe has a legal relationship with the U.S. government and is eligible to receive Bureau of Indian Affairs services.
The Shoonaq', previously called the Kodiak Tribal Council, has been receiving BIA benefits for years but because of ''administrative error'' wasn't on the list, according to the Interior Department.
Although it was included in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, it was somehow left out in 1993 when then-Assistant Secretary Ada Deer published a list of federally recognized tribes.
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