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Expelled Tribe Members Say Feds Did Nothing to Protect Their Rights

WASHINGTON (CN) – Sixty-seven former members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe claim in federal court that the government officials tasked with protecting them stood idly by after the Michigan tribe illegally expelled them.

The plaintiffs, led by Julia Cavazos, claimed Monday that Interior Department officials are sitting on a petition they filed to compel officials to enforce the Judgment Funds Act, which they say prohibits the tribe from discriminating against members entitled to federal money and other tribal benefits.


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