A federal judge says he will determine whether the Interior Department has "unreasonably delayed" the Shinnecock Nation of New York from federal recognition.
The tribe submitted its petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1978. Despite being at the top of the list for an answer, the tribe is still waiting.
Judge Joseph F. Bianco will hold a telephone conference tomorrow to determine how to proceed with the case.
Get the Story: Federal judge orders Shinnecocks' case reviewed (Newsday 10/5)
Court Decision: Shinnecock Nation v. Kempthorne (September 30, 2008)