Board Affirms Recognition Of ‘New Council’ As Tribe’s Official Governing Body

(August 12, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT) -- ARLINGTON, Va. — A panel of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Board of Indian Appeals on Aug. 6 affirmed a decision by the Alaska regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize a “new council” as the governing body of the Newtok Village Indian Tribe over the “old council,” saying the decision was supported by the record and not arbitrary, capricious or contrary to law (Newtok Traditional Council v. Acting Alaska Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, No. IBIA 13-134, U.S. DOI)....
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