Ninth Circuit Rejects Tribe’s Challenge to Interior Determination in Whistleblower Case

Here is the opinion in Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation v. Dept. of Interior. A related unpublished opinion in St. Marks v. Dept. of Interior is here.

From the court’s syllabus:

The panel denied a petition for review by the Chippewa Cree Tribe challenging a decision of the U.S. Department of the Interior that ordered the Tribe to provide relief to Ken St. Marks, who was removed from the Tribe’s governing body – the Business Committee – in retaliation for his whistleblowing. 

St. Marks informed the Department of the Interior that members of the Business Committee were misusing federal stimulus funds awarded to the Tribe by the Department pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act contains robust whistleblower protections.

Briefs here.

Lower court materials here.

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