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DOI Looks To Put End To Tribal Membership Vote Challenge

Law360, New York (August 3, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Interior urged a Washington federal court on Friday to toss two Native Americans' heavily trimmed complaint challenging their tribe’s bid to raise its ancestry requirements, arguing the suit's remaining claim, made under the Freedom of Information Act, came too late.

In May, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones pared down a complaint by Rudy St. Germain and Michelle Roberts, who are members of the Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington with mixed Filipino ancestry, over the tribe's membership standards. The move leaves only a pair of claims standing against the agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for...

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Washington Western

Nature of Suit

Freedom of Information Act


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Date Filed

May 31, 2013

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