Winnemucca Sues Feds For $208M Over Tribal Recognition

Law360 (November 20, 2020, 10:40 PM EST) -- The Winnemucca Indian Colony says the federal government's refusal to recognize the tribe's government led to unlawful occupation of its lands by nontribal members, telling the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that it's owed about $208 million in monetary damages.

The federally recognized tribe claimed in its complaint filed on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs "arbitrarily, capriciously and unreasonably" refused to recognize its tribal government for decades. When the BIA finally did recognize a government, it then failed to protect Winnemucca Indian Colony land from loss and encroachment, the tribe alleges.

Non-Indians unlawfully occupied the...

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