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Tribal eviction plan pits Native American authority vs. civil rights


A Washington state tribe’s plan to evict disenrolled members from federally assisted tribal housing pits two lauded values against each other: U.S. government responsibility for protecting civil rights and Native American tribal sovereignty.

Two U.S. government agencies have urged the Nooksack Indian Tribe to delay eviction plans, which could affect 63 people in 21 tribal homes, while the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates “extremely concerning allegations of potential Civil Rights Act and Indian Civil Rights Act violations regarding these evictions,” according to a letter sent to the tribe in late December. 



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