Justices Won't Hear Michigan Tribe's DOI Recognition Appeal

Law360, New York (January 9, 2017, 3:49 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by a Michigan-based Native American tribe to review a D.C. Circuit decision that the tribe can’t reorganize until it has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior for recognition.

The Mackinac tribe had asked the high court to reconsider a three-judge circuit court panel’s July ruling it claimed wrongly upheld a district court decision that the tribe couldn’t bypass the DOI’s so-called Part 83 process for acknowledgment as a federal tribe in order to reorganize under a...
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