Ohio has no official recognition process for tribes

Dear Editor,

I’m contacting you regarding some fact errors in the Dec. 10, 2007, issue, specifically “Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band celebrates the Native American Thanksgiving.”

The state of Ohio does not have a formal recognition process for tribes.

The Remnant Band did receive a ceremonial letter from the state of Ohio some years ago thanking them for participating in a state celebration.

According to Leo Jennings, spokesman for Ohio’s attorney general office, the letter does not carry any legal significance either federally or in the state of Ohio.

It should also be noted that according to a Nov. 7, 2007, story in the Los Angeles Times by David Lazarus, the U. S. Mint recently announced that they were providing refunds for anyone who bought a 2004 Lewis and Clark commemorative coin that was accompanied by a handcrafted pouch created by the Ohio Remnant Band of Shawnee.

Since the tribe is not recognized, the pouches they produced are not authentic American Indian arts and crafts products. Lazarus quotes mint spokesperson Greg Hernandez, “We value authenticity. Once we learned of the issue, we immediately took action.”

M. A. Pember
Cincinnati, Ohio