Timbisha Shoshone Leadership Dispute

Two rival factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe have been duking it out in federal court. One band sought a TRO preventing the enforcement of a BIA decision to recognize the other, but the Eastern District of California denied the motion on Dec. 23, on the grounds that adequate remedies at law remain, including administrative remedies. Here are the materials:

timbisha-v-kempthorne-complaint [includes BIA materials]

motion for TRO [includes Timbisha tribal constitution]

movant’s brief


4 thoughts on “Timbisha Shoshone Leadership Dispute

  1. George Gholson January 17, 2009 / 11:46 am

    The headline should read “BIA Facilitates Dictatorship!” When the majority of the voting members vote to remove Joe Kennedy and the BIA chooses not to listen to the members that removed Joe Kennedy we as a tribe lose our sovereign right of self governance. I wonder how many other tribes out there that this happens to. The two factions mentioned in the headline is not completely accurate. On one side you have the tribe and the tribal council they elected. On the other side is a small group and Joe Kennedy supported by the BIA. The Majority of the tribe says Joe is out and the BIA says Joe is in.

  2. jim chapman February 13, 2009 / 2:36 pm

    this makes the (4th) fourth time this has taken place in 6 years within this tribe, you can be sure greed and stupidity is the root cause.

  3. Melvin Holt June 21, 2009 / 12:08 am

    As long as this tribe continues the practice of choosing the same feuding leaderships and warring factions over and over again there will always be upheaval and BIA involvement. This has been going on for years with the losing party blaming the BIA for lack of action against the other and at the same time ignoring the needs of it’s own tribal membership. The tribe plagues itself with nepotism and financial perks their leadership keeps amongst themselves based on family relationships thus the reason for the continued in fighting.

  4. Desert Dweller August 6, 2010 / 8:24 am

    Interesting…in Febuary of 2009 one of the members of the first development team weighs in.

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