Tribal Council Candidates Say DOI Can't Dodge Election Suit

Law360 (October 2, 2018, 7:24 PM EDT) -- Four Nooksack tribal council candidates who lost a December special election urged a Washington federal court Monday not to toss their suit alleging the U.S. Department of the Interior failed to properly oversee the election, saying the DOI abruptly departed from established policy to recognize the new council as the tribe’s governing body.

Candidates Robert Doucette, Bernadine Roberts, Saturnino Javier and Tresea Doucette asserted in their opposition to the DOI’s motion to dismiss their suit under the Administrative Procedure Act that the department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs had adhered to established policy for interpreting Nooksack law on six occasions...

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