Internal Tribal Governance Dispute Dismissed by Federal Court

Here are the materials in Binger Operations LLC v. Edwards (W.D. Okla.):

1 Complaint

18 Caddo Motion to Dismiss

20 Smith Motion to Dismiss

32 DCT Order Granting Motions to Dismiss

An excerpt:

Binger Operations, LLC (“Binger”) filed this interpleader action against Brenda Shemayme Edwards, Phillip M. Smith, and the Caddo Tribal Council, seeking a determination of the respective rights of the defendants in interpleader (“defendants”) to receive oil and gas severance taxes. Both Mr. Smith and Ms. Edwards claim to be the Chairman of the Caddo Nation, and both have purported to file documents on behalf of the Caddo Tribal Council.1 Mr. Smith and, according to his/its motion, the Caddo Tribal Council, have moved to dismiss pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1) for lack of subjectmatter jurisdiction. Ms. Edwards and, according to her/its response, the Caddo Tribal Council, have responded in support of the motion to the extent that it challenges this court’s jurisdiction. Binger has responded, and the motions are at issue.