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Yakama Nation tobacco raid lawsuit includes many defendants

In addition to the federal government, the Yakama Nation is suing municipalities in Washington, Mississippi and Virginia for participating in a raid on the reservation.

The lawsuit names the cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick in Washington; Mashall County and the city of Tupelo in Mississippi; and Roanoke County and the cities of Martinsville and Vinton in Virginia.

The tribe alleges law enforcement officers employed by the municipalities participated in an illegal raid of the King Mountain Tobacco Co., a tribal-licensed business that grows tobacco on the reservation.

The raid took place in February. The tribe was notified, via text message, by the FBI.

Get the Story:
Tribes sue Tupelo, others over FBI raid (The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 7/18)
Yakama tribes sue city (The Martinsville Bulletin 7/9)
Yakama Sues Feds for Violations of Treaty, Consultation, TLOA (Indian Country Today 5/26)

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