December 22, 2014

Judge rules against Citizen Potawatomi Nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A federal judge has ruled against an Oklahoma Indian tribe in a lawsuit over the distribution of federal aid.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation sued the U.S. Interior Department, claiming the division of funds among five Oklahoma tribes shouldn’t rely on data from 1988 about tribal land and population.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation signed a deal with four other Shawnee Agency Tribes on a funding formula to divide federal money using factors such as total tribal enrollment, tribal population in each tribe’s area of jurisdiction and the amount of trust land held by each tribe in its jurisdiction.

Under that pact, information from 1988 was used for each tribe.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation argued that the information should be updated yearly, but the Interior Board of Indian Appeals rejected the claim.

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