By Steve Lawrence
Sacremento, California (AP)

A small band of Indians whose ancestors settled in Northern California thousands of years ago is an official tribe again, a half century after Washington took away the group’s federal recognition.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel during June announced his approval of a settlement that restores federal recognition to the Wilton Rancheria, one of 41 California tribes that lost official status as a result of federal legislation passed in 1958.