A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States.
And is eligible for funding and services from the Indian Health Service & Bureau of Indian Affairs.
♦ Federally recognized tribes are recognized as possessing certain inherent rights of self-government (i.e., tribal sovereignty).
They are entitled to receive certain federal benefits, services, and protections because of their special relationship with the United States.
At present, there are 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages.
• If you’re an American Indian or an Alaska Native, you may have new health coverage benefits and protections in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
♦ Members of federally recognized tribes can enroll in a Marketplace plan any time. They can also change plans up to once a month.