Minn. tribes challenged on membership policies
Monday, November 17, 2003

Dakota Sioux descendants plan to file suit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs over their exclusion from three tribes in Minnesota.

The descendants are denied membership in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota, Prairie Island Dakota and the Lower Sioux tribes. They want the BIA to intervene in what is normally considered an internal tribal dispute. They plan to sue in U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C.

Separately, a group of Shakopee Mdewakanton has already filed suit against the Department of Interior for the tribe's adoption rules. The plaintiffs claim a few tribal leaders control hundreds of millions of dollars in casino profits.

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Federal intervention sought in tribal membership disputes (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 11/15)

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