A fight for federal recognition has been decades in the making for the largely Montana-based Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians. That long-sought recognition is now one step away from reality as a bill is now on its way to President Donald Trump's desk.

The effort to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe has garnered a lot of attention and bipartisan support over the last decade. Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) was able to successfully steer the bill through the US House. The bill has also been strongly supported by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). But the key piece of action that finally put this legislation over the top was when Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) convinced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to include the measure in a near end-of-year spending bill.

I spoke about that and more with Little Shell Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray on Wednesday morning, one day after the Senate voted in support of the measure. Click below for his reaction, what this means, and more:



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