25 CFR 83.1 - What terms are used in this part?
As used in this part:
Assistant Secretary or AS-IA means the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior, or that officer's authorized representative, but does not include representatives of the Office of Federal Acknowledgment.
Autonomous means independent of the control of any other Indian governing entity.
Continental United States means the contiguous 48 states and Alaska.
Documented petition means the detailed arguments and supporting documentary evidence submitted by a petitioner claiming that it meets the Indian Entity Identification ( § 83.11(a)), Governing Document ( § 83.11(d)), Descent ( § 83.11(e)), Unique Membership ( § 83.11(f)), and Congressional Termination ( § 83.11(g)) Criteria and claiming that it:
Federally recognized Indian tribe means an entity listed on the Department of the Interior's list under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, which the Secretary currently acknowledges as an Indian tribe and with which the United States maintains a government-to-government relationship.
Historical means before 1900.
Indigenous means native to the continental United States in that at least part of the petitioner's territory at the time of first sustained contact extended into what is now the continental United States.
Previous Federal acknowledgment means action by the Federal government clearly premised on identification of a tribal political entity and indicating clearly the recognition of a relationship between that entity and the United States.
Roll means a list exclusively of those individuals who have been determined by the tribe to meet the tribe's membership requirements as set forth in its governing document. In the absence of such a document, a roll means a list of those recognized as members by the tribe's governing body. In either case, those individuals on a roll must have affirmatively demonstrated consent to being listed as members.
Tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village or community.