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Nooksack Officials Want RICO Suit Axed Post-DOI Recognition

Law360 (July 5, 2018, 9:19 PM EDT) -- Nooksack Indian Tribe officials urged a Washington federal court to dismiss claims that they conspired to disenroll a group of tribe members, saying Tuesday that as the U.S. Department of the Interior has recognized the tribal leadership, the district court now lacks jurisdiction over the dispute.

Former Nooksack Tribal Council Chairman Robert Kelly Jr. and other tribal officials said that following the DOI’s and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ recognition of the tribal council elected in a December special election, the court no longer has jurisdiction over the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims brought by the tribe members....

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