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Feds' Meddling at Heart of Tribe's Appeal


SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Ninth Circuit on Monday heard arguments in a case brought by a California Indian tribe that claims the federal government unlawfully interfered in tribal elections, violating its right to self-government.

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, based in Death Valley, claimed the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs cut off tribal council funding in 2011 and that Larry Echo Hawk - the assistant secretary for the bureau - ordered new council elections, allowing people who were not members of the tribe to vote and run for tribal office in violation of the tribe's 1986 constitution.

According to the tribe, the bureau then ordered a vote on a proposed new constitution in 2013 that would illegally make many non-Timbisha individuals new tribal members.


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