first_img1977: The Cowlitz Indian Tribe petitions for federal recognition, a status that had been lost decades earlier because the tribe did not have a reservation.2000: The U.S. government formally recognizes the Cowlitz; the Quinault Indian Nation appeals.Jan. 4, 2002: The government reaffirms recognition for the Cowlitz, which makes the tribe eligible for federal money to operate a sovereign tribal government.Jan. 4, 2002: The Cowlitz Tribe files a fee-to-trust application for 152 acres to establish a reservation near La Center.Nov. 3, 2008: The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Carcieri v. Salazar.Feb. 24, 2009: The court issues its opinion in Carcieri v. Salazar, saying tribes that were not under federal jurisdiction in 1934 cannot take land into trust.Nov. 9, 2009: Cowlitz Tribal Chairman William Iyall testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources as to why Carcieri does not apply to his tribe’s case.June 18, 2010: Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar issues a memo urging the Bureau of Indian Affairs to move forward with decisions on gaming applications.last_img read more