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Mealey's Native American Law - 9th Circuit Says Tribal Members Cannot Organize As Separate Tribe

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal court properly found that 18 Native Americans cannot form a new tribe under the Indian Reorganization Act because they fail to meet the definition of "tribe" and are only a subset of Indians who live on the Pinoleville Rancheria in California, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Dec. 31 (Andrew Allen, et al. v. United States, et al., No. 17-17463, 9th Cir.).
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