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Mishewal Wappo Tribe returns to court to seek federal recognition

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The Mishewal Wappo Tribe was back in court to seek federal recognition.

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.

In a March 2015 decision, Judge Edward J. Davila did not rule on that question. Instead he said the tribe waited too long to come to court, saying the lawsuit should have been filed no later than 1967.

The tribe is now asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling. Oral arguments took place March 13, marking the second time the case has gone to the appeals court.

The tribe entered into settlement talks with the Obama administration but did not reach an agreement.

Read More on the Story:
Napa County awaits ruling in Mishewal Wappo court case (The Napa Valley Register 3/20)

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