Tribes and States Sue to Block Sale and Removal of National Archives in Seattle

Here is the complaint in State of Washington v. Vought (W.D. Wash.):

1 Complaint

15 Motion for Preliminary Injunction

30 Amended Complaint

32 Opposition

37 Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Proposed Form of Injunctive Relief

40 Reply

News coverage:

Washington AG press release:

Indian Country Today:

Seattle Times:

Spokesman Review:

Yakama Nation press release:

Press Release_YN_OMB_Seattle Archives Lawsuit (1.4.21) (002)

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Navajo Nation

Public Defender, Window Rock, AZ. Open until filled.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Justice Department. Applications are due by March 3 and consist of a cover letter, resume and references. The cover letter may be an email. All interested attorneys are encouraged to apply. Applications should be submitted to Peter Ortego, General Counsel at , or call (970) 749 9816 with any questions.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Tribal Realty Officer/Tribal Court Specialist. Responsible for providing direct services to restricted property land owners and native allotment applicants within the Sheet’ka Kwaan under supervision of the Tribal Attorney. The Tribal Court Specialist responsibilities of this position requires providing support to the Tribal Court, working closely with the Tribal Court Judges, Tribal Attorney and Social Services department.

Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation

ICWA Attorney for contract, Oakville, Wa. Contractor will advise and represent CTSS in Chehalis Tribal Court as well as other Tribal and State courts in all ICWA, dependency and vulnerable adult cases. Must have Juris Doctorate and five years directly related experience with a preference to American Indian/ Alaska Native communities. Must be an active member of the Washington State Bar Association and eligible for immediate admission to Tribal Court. Valid WA State license and insurability through our insurances, pass background check and pass pre-employment drug testing. Submit letter of interest and resume to:

MHA Nation

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor/Special Assistant US Attorney, New Town, ND. Closing date 3/27/2017. Applications shall be in writing; to include a professional Resume, legal qualifications and any other submissions at the option of the applicant.

ACLU of Montana

Communications Strategist. Applications will be reviewed beginning the week of March 6, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Yurok Tribe

Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Tribal Attorney. Open until filled.

Federal Case Dismissed Because Third-Party Tribe is not Citizen for Diversity Purposes

Interesting case, in that the parties were diverse citizens, but the other party to the relevant contract (not a party to the case, however) was a tribe (Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation), so that defeated diversity jurisdiction.


An excerpt:

This civil action for monetary relief brought by plaintiff CTGW, LLC against defendants GSBS, PC, Colvin Engineering Associates, Inc. and Spectrum Engineers, Inc. arises out of a dispute regarding the design and construction of Great Wolf Lodge resort and water park in Grand Mound, Washington. Plaintiff alleges that this court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1), which applies to actions in which the plaintiff and the defendants are “citizens of different States” and the amount in controversy is more than $ 75,000. Plaintiff alleges that the parties are completely diverse and the matter in controversy exceeds $ 75,000. However, I conclude that because one of the members of plaintiff CTGW, LLC is an Indian tribe, diversity is destroyed. Therefore, I am dismissing this case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.