Idaho Tribes Say Feds Can't Duck Railway Land Suit

Law360 (June 14, 2021, 4:46 PM EDT) -- Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have urged a federal judge not to dismiss their suit seeking to clarify ownership of abandoned railway easements on reservation land, saying the U.S. government continues to mismanage land that should have reverted to the tribes decades ago.

In a response filed Thursday, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation accused the U.S. government of trying to use a 2012 settlement as a "free pass for the United States to continue causing injury to the tribes' trust assets indefinitely."

The tribes first sued the U.S. government in 2018 over five parcels of land in Pocatello, Idaho, claiming...

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