25 USC 479a - Definitions

For the purposes of this title:[1]
(1) The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
(2) The term Indian tribe means any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village or community that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist as an Indian tribe.
(3) The term list means the list of recognized tribes published by the Secretary pursuant to section 479a–1 of this title.
[1] See References in Text note below.