Washington Tribe Sues Federal Government Over Withholding Of $14M
February 17, 2017
An American Indian tribe in northwestern Washington is suing the federal government, saying it has wrongfully been denied nearly $14 million in a flap over its efforts to kick out almost 300 members.
In November, following a years-long fight that included some unusual legal maneuvers by the Nooksack Tribe, the tribe’s chairman announced that the 289 members had been booted because they had insufficient Indian blood. He said they shouldn’t be entitled to tribal rights or benefits, which can include housing, health care and educational support.