Turtle Talk removes briefs in Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute

Council chambers of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. Photo from Grand Ronde We All Belong / Facebook

Briefs filed in a disenrollment dispute within the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon are no longer available on Turtle Talk.

The blog was the only place on the Internet where source materials about the removals of the descendants of Chief Tumulth, who signed the 1855 Willamette Valley Treaty, could be found. But the information has been removed at the request of the Galanda Broadman law firm.

"At the behest of the Grand Ronde Tribal Government's legal counsel, we have removed from our firm's social media pages any links to certain legal briefs which were sealed under the Grand Ronde Tribal Court's order issued in September of 2014," attorney Gabe Galanda, an outspoken critic of disenrollment, said in an e-mail."We ask that you likewise remove any legal briefs from your pages. We regret the inadvertent disclosure of these legal briefs."

Galanda and his clients were facing contempt of court citations for allegedly violating a gag order in the ongoing case. The order -- which was never posted by Turtle Talk -- apparently limits the types of information that the parties can disseminate to the public.

The order was issued by the tribe's court last September. But its exact contents have never been publicly disclosed and never will be, given the admission by Galanda Broadman about the "inadvertent disclosure" of the primary materials in the case.

The tribe, though, continues to make final decisions in court cases available to the public on its official document repository. It was only the briefs themselves that were apparently meant to be kept from the public.

Turtle Talk has removed the briefs from posts dated September 4 and September 2.

Tribal Court Decisions:
Val Alexander et al v. CTGR | The Estate of Arthur Williams v. CTGR | The Estate of Becky Grenia v. CTGR | The Estate of Carroll Grenia v. CTGR | The Estate of Dan Altringer v. CTGR | The Estate of Debbie Grenia v. CTGR | The Estate of Ida Altringer v CTGR

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