Eastern Shawnee Tribe to pursue trust lawsuits
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma can pursue its trust mismanagement cases in two different courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on September 17.

The tribe filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to compel a historical accounting of its trust funds. Eight days later, the tribe filed a complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to seek damages, plus interest, for alleged mismanagement of its trust assets.

A judge dismissed the second lawsuit, saying it was essentially the same as the first. But the Federal Circuit said the tribe can pursue both claims because they seek different relief.

In March, the Federal Circuit issued a similar ruling in a case involving the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona.

Get the Story:
Indian Trust Lawsuit to Proceed in Claims Court (Courthouse News Service 9/21)

Federal Circuit Decision:
Eastern Shawnee Tribe v. US (September 17, 2009)

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Federal Circuit ruling in Tohono O'odham trust case (03/16)