Judge Sends Chinook Suit Against DOI Back To Department

Law360 (January 22, 2021, 6:41 PM EST) -- A dispute between a coastal Washington tribal nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior over access to funds held in trust by the federal government is heading back to the agency for review, following an order in Washington federal court.

U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman on Thursday ordered the DOI to review remaining claims in a 2017 suit brought by the Chinook Indian Nation, in which it sought access to a more than $48,000 Indian Claims Commission judgment it says was issued to the nation's predecessors in 1970 as compensation for the seizure of their ancestral lands.

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