Snoqualmie Tribal Leadership Dispute in Federal Court

Here is the news article. An excerpt:

A federal judge might be the last hope for banished members of the Snoqualmie Tribe who appeared in court Tuesday in their effort to regain tribal membership.

U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart said he would issue a written ruling later as to whether the case is even properly before him or should be dismissed.

Only then — if he rules in favor of the banished members — would he get to the merits of the case.

And here are the materials:


snoqualmie-rule-19-motion-to-dismiss [!!!]




2 thoughts on “Snoqualmie Tribal Leadership Dispute in Federal Court

  1. Carolyn Lubenau September 15, 2008 / 3:07 am

    This was from the Letter to the Editor (Seattle Times) regarding attorney Pete Connick’s comments)
    Time for Tribal Justice
    Snoqualmies Prepare For Their Day in Court

    “Maybe it wasn’t perfect,” attorney Pete Connick admitted, speaking about the banishment of the nine Snoqualmie tribal members [“Ousted Indians get to present case,” Seattle Times, Local News, by Linda V. Mapes, Sept. 10, 2008].

    Shouldn’t something as cruel and heartless as banishment be handled with the highest integrity possible? Shouldn’t it be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt?

    Shouldn’t they expect perfection from Connick’s legal council if they are going to accuse tribal members of treason and then banish them?

    Should their legal council make a mockery of justice when he taunts – “The most ousted members can hope for is a redo of their banishment.”

    Shouldn’t everyone be hoping for JUSTICE!

    As we prepare for court, I remember a line from a Blackfeet prayer: “Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed.” I pray they come to court strong with their righteousness and perfect in their accusations.

    I pray they come and stand behind their chief, who accuses us.

    So, Mr. Connick, come and “give us more.” We do not fear truth and know that justice will come.

    The ancestors, strong in their wisdom, know that when we were chosen to fight this fight, we will carry it into eternity.

    We will be the brave and strong enemy of injustice, and we will be perfect in our truth.

    — Carolyn Lubenau,
    Snoqualmie 9
    (One of the Nine Banished Snoqualmie Tribal Members)

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