Federal Judge Dismisses Tribe’s Suit Seeking Official Recognition
Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in the District of Columbia on March 31 dismissed the Mackinac Tribe’s suit seeking to obtain the legal status of a recognized Indian tribe, saying that the tribe failed to exhaust the administrative remedies required by undergoing the administrative process for formal recognition before filing the suit (Mackinac Tribe v. Sally Jewell, No. 14-456, D. D.C.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42111).
(Opinion available. Document #96-150422-032Z.)
Under federal law, Indian tribes are entitled to certain benefits, including access to...