Mishewal Wappo Tribe files appeal in federal recognition case

Photo of a Wappo woman from the Edward S. Curtis collection. Photo from Library of Congress / Digitization by Northwestern University Library

The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of California is taking its federal recognition lawsuit to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The tribe was listed for termination under the California Rancheria Act of 1958. A lawsuit filed in 2009 claimed the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not carry out the process in a rightful manner.

Judge Edward J. Davila, however, determined that the tribe waited too long to go to court. A 19-page decision issued on Monday said the suit should have been filed no later than 1967.

Chairman Scott Gabaldon promised an appeal and the notice was filed on Friday, The Napa Valley Register reported.

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