BIA Accused Of Creating 'Imposter' Calif. Tribe

Law360, New York (March 10, 2016, 5:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and one of the BIA’s regional directors were accused in federal court Tuesday of supporting a “mock” California tribe that is allegedly genealogically and historically inaccurate and thereby interfering with the so-called genuine tribe’s self-determination.

Nicolas Villa Jr., who said he is the leader of the Historic Ione Band of Miwok Indians Tribe — which is also named as a plaintiff, in addition to similarly situated members — filed suit against the two agencies and BIA Pacific Regional Director Amy Dutschke, accusing Dutschke of using her power within the agency...

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