Unrecognized Tribes D-G
Alphabetical list of unrecognized American indian tribes beginning with D to G.
These are groups known to self-identify as Native American tribes but that have not been recognized by the federal government (Bureau of Indian Affairs) nor by any state nor tribal government.
We do not necessarily endorse these organizations or the validity of their claims. We are just reporting what is out there and suggest you exercise your own due diligence in verifying their authenticity.
We would especially suggest further investigation of any organization that charges a membership or enrollment fee, or that does not require genealogy research and official documentation for enrollment.
Links to tribal profile pages are at the bottom of the page.
Delaware-Muncie Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 06/19/1978 (Kansas)
Delawares of Idaho, Inc. Letter of Intent to Petition 06/26/1979.
Digueno Band of San Diego Mission Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 10/15/2003. The Displaced Elem Lineage Emancipated Members (a.k.a. DELEMA). Letter of Intent to Petition 05/11/1998.
Dumna-Wo-Wah Tribal Government (formerly Dumna Tribe of Millerton Lake). Letter of Intent to Petition 01/22/2002. Receipt of Petition 01/22/2002 as “Dumna Tribal Council.”
Dunlap Band of Mono Indians (a.k.a. Mono Tribal Council of Dunlap). Letter of Intent to Petition 01/04/1984. Letter of Intent withdrawn 7/2/2002; Letter of Intent to Petition 8/9/2005.
Duwamish Tribe – The original people of the site of Seattle, WA, where they have been living since the end of the last glacial period (c. 8000 BCE, 10,000 years ago). Washington State does not have state recognized tribes. Merged with Suquamish. Letter of Intent to Petition 06/07/1977; Declined to Acknowledge 5/8/2002, 66 FR 49966.
Eagle Bear Band of Free Cherokees
Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut. Letter of Intent to Petition 06/28/1978; Reconsidered final determination not to acknowledge became final and effective 10/14/2005 70 FR 60099
East of the River Shawnee, Ohio
Echota Cherokee Tribe of Florida. (Florida)
Eel River Tribe Inc. of Indiana. Letter of Intent to Petition 09/13/2006 (Indiana)
Eshom Valley Band of Michahai and Wuksachi. Letter of Intent to Petition 05/24/2005
Esselen/Coastanoan Tribe of Monterey County (formerly Esselen Tribe of Monterey Council). Letter of Intent to Petition 11/16/1992; withdrawn 11/15/1996.
Federation: Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/23/96; determined ineligible to petition 5/15/1997 (Maryland)
Federation of old Plimoth Indian Tribes, Inc. Letter of Intent to Petition 05/16/2000. Receipt of Petition 05/16/2000
Fernandeno/Tataviam Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 04/24/1995. (Massachusettes)
Five Landless Alaska Tlingit communities. These Tlingit communities were omitted from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and received neither land nor subsistence rights under the Act
Florida Mockingbird Clan
Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians, Inc.
Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians of California. Letter of Intent to Petition 11/03/1998. Recognized only as Band of the state-recognized Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe.
Gabrielino/Tongva Indians of California Tribal Council. Letter of Intent to Petition 08/14/1997. Recognized only as Band of the state-recognized Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe.
Gabrielino/Tongva Nation. Letter of Intent to Petition 03/21/1994. Recognized only as Band of the state-recognized Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe.
Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe (a.k.a. San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians).
In 1994, the State of California officially recognized the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe in Assembly Joint Resolution 96, Resolution Chapter 146 of the Statutes of 1994.
The tribe, however, has broken into several factions, some of whom are seeking federal recognition as separate tribes.
The three largest and most prominent factions are: Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe (or the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians as it was historically referred to), Gabrieleno/Tongva Tribal Council of San Gabriel and Gabrieleno/Tongva Nation (a.k.a. Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe of the Los Angeles Basin).
In past years, bills have been introduced in the California legislature to create a Gabrielino-Tongva Reservation for the tribe and grant the tribe gaming rights; however, these bills failed to make it to the Governor’s desk.
In their most recent attempt, Senate Bill 1134 introduced on January 30, 2008 would have created the Gabrielino/Tongva Reservation without giving the tribe gaming rights. However, when the principal author, Senator Oropeza, found out that the tribe would use the reservation for leverage to obtain gaming rights, she pulled her sponsorship of the bill.
Genesee Valley Indian Association
Georgia Band of Chickasaw Indians (formerly Mississippi Band of Chickasaw Indians). Letter of Intent to Petition 9/15/1998
Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc. (I).
Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc. (II). This is an unrecognized tribe in Dahlonega, GA, that have the same name as a State-recognized tribe.
Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc. (III). This is an unrecognized tribe that have the same name as a State-recognized tribe Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc. (I).
Grasmere Band of Wangunk Indians of Glastonbury, Connecticut (formerly the Pequot Mohegan Tribe, Inc.). Letter of Intent to Petition 4/12/1999
Still to be sorted:
Degexit’an (Deg Xit’an, Deg Hit’an, Deg Xinag)
Dene (Dene’ Tha, Dineh)– See Navajo Nation
Dunne-za (Dane-zaa, Dunneza)
The Duwamish Tribe are an unrecognized Lushootseed Native American tribe in western Washington, and the original indigenous people of metropolitan Seattle. The Duwamish tribe descends from at least two distinct groups from before intense contact with people of European ancestry—the People of the Inside (the environs of Elliott Bay) and the People of the Large Lake (Lake Washington).