Duwamish Tribe sues again for federal recognition

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed seeking federal recognition for the Duwamish Tribe, whose forebears include Chief Seattle for whom the city of Seattle was named. The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Western Washington marks a continuing battle for recognition by the Duwamish through multiple presidential administrations for more than 40 years. Federal recognition of a tribal group as a government opens the door to federal benefits and privileges, including operation of casinos. The Muckleshoot, Suquamish, Tulalip and Puyallup tribes have in newspaper ads, op-eds and correspondence argued that the Duwamish persist — as enrolled members of recognized tribes all over the region, enjoying all the rights and benefits of enrollment.