Western Shoshones sue over 60M acres of land
Tuesday, September 30, 2003

A group of Western Shoshone tribal leaders and members filed suit against the federal government on Monday, claiming ownership to 60 million acres of land.

The Western Shoshone National Council, the South Fork Band, the Winnemucca Indian Colony and the Dann Band sued to recover royalties from activity on the land and to overturn a $26 million damage award from the Indian Claims Commission. They say their rights under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley have not been extinguished.

The plaintiffs are also opposing a bill to distribute a trust fund based on the damage award. The account has grown to $130 million.

Some Western Shoshone tribal leaders and members support the payout.

Get the Story:
60 MILLION ACRES: Western Shoshones sue for federal land (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 9/30)

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