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Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation


Online lending businesses owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are "arms of the tribe" and entitled to sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled this week in a closely-watched case.

By a unanimous vote, a three judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday turned back a non-Indian attack on the tribe's operation. The decision, issued on the eve of America's Fourth of July celebration, represents a "victory" for sovereignty in Indian Country, Chairman James Williams, Jr. said.


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