Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Sues Government

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Washington, DC, over the 2004 law that allowed cash distribution of a $185 million judgment fund.

The tribe and the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington say the law is unconstitutional because it takes money that belongs to the tribe.

The suit against is against Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

With an August 2 deadline for applications for a share of the money, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs representatives will be in Elko Saturday and Reno on Sunday, to give an update and answer questions about the distribution.

According to BIA, the public meeting, tagged “Western Shoshone Judgment Fund Distribution,” is slated for the Elko Indian Colony Gymnasium at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Reno meeting will be at the Reno-Sparks Indian Community Recreation Facility the next day.

Elko Daily has more on this story:  Tribe sues over cash payout plan