Unallotted Timber Lands Case Causes A Stir In Indian Country

Law360, New York (August 21, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT) -- Stacy Schauvliege

Mike McBride III In late April, the federal court for the Western District Court of Oklahoma issued an opinion in Chickasaw Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the federal government's sale of unallotted tribal lands containing timber. This opinion provided a setback for certain tribes who have lost unallotted lands of their own.

The suit against the Department of the Interior (among many other government agencies and individuals) began as tribal governments demanded the DOI provide an accounting of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations' trust resources and funds. The nations alleged that the government failed in its...

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