ARLINGTON, Wash. -

Twenty-eight years after beginning the process, the Stillaguamish Tribe finally has a reservation.

The Daily Herald reports it's been 38 years since the tribe gain federal recognition, which does not require a subsequent grant of a reservation. But the Stillaguamish have been trying for nearly 30 years to take that next step.

Their first attempt was rejected by the U.S. government because one of the properties did not meet all the requirements. The tribe of nearly 300 members has been trying ever since then to make it happen.

A reservation is an area recognized by the U.S. government as a permanent homeland for a Native American tribe.

The Stillaguamish's new reservation includes its Angel of the Winds Casino that was built on tribal land.