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Lawmaker's bill to recognize Shawnee tribe clears IL House


A lawmaker's bill to recognize the Shawnee Indian tribe has cleared the Illinois House of Representatives. 

State Rep. Brandon Phelps D-Harrisburg passed a bill out of the Illinois House of Representatives recognizing southern Illinois' Shawnee Indian tribe that would make them able to receive state and federal resources that are offered to other Native American groups.

"As a resident of Southern Illinois, I am proud to sponsor this legislation because not only does the Shawnee Tribe deserve the recognition and resources allowed to other Native American groups, but it will also lead to more resources for our region," Phelps said.

The proposed legislation would make the Vineyard Indian Settlement of Shawnee able to receive resources from the federal government as well as certain state agencies. 

Those resources are expected to go toward the creation of an elderly living center, a child day care center, and improvements to the surrounding environment. 

The bill passed the House and now stands for consideration before the Senate.

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