DOI Switcheroo Spells End For Tribal Land Suit, Court Told

Law360 (April 3, 2019, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a federal judge to toss a suit over a California tribe's bid to have its land taken into trust, saying a DOI official's decision to pull back a ruling in favor of the tribe meant there was no final agency action to challenge in court.

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney in late February had affirmed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' 2014 decision to take about 1,400 acres of Santa Barbara County land into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, after U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled earlier...

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