Amici do have grave concerns regarding patent violations of ICRA, harm to the integrity of all tribal courts, and, most importantly, the strategic deprivation of counsel and barred access to justice for Nooksack tribal citizens. Dr. Martin Luther King’s warning that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” haunts this matter. The Nooksack Tribal Court Clerk and those directing him are directly harming the rights of Indians everywhere to access justice and enjoy the rights guaranteed them by Nooksack and federal law.
Link to previous posts here.
UPDATE: Nooksack Court of Appeals reverses disbarment for Galanda Broadman PLLC attorneys. Download (PDF): In re Gabriel Galanda v Nooksack Tribal Court Order on Plaintiffs’ Second Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
New materials in Galanda v. Nooksack Tribal Court (as of Aug. 3):
Recently, the former tribal attorney on the case is now its Chief Judge (Exhibit C in Declaration) and the Police Chief missed yesterday’s show cause deadline.
Link to court order to show cause by Aug. 3 here.
Link to Bellingham Herald coverage from July 29 here.
Link to previous coverage here.
In re Gabriel Galanda v Nooksack Tribal Court Order Finding Clerk Betty Leathers in Contempt. This action concerns the Nooksack 306 attorneys’ separate complaint for disbarment, which the Court Clerk illegally rejected and continues to refuse to accept.
Belmont v Kelly Order Regarding Petition for Mandamus. This is the disenrollment action, which hasn’t had a presiding judge since the Tribal Council fired her in March. The Tribal Council has been told to either timely appoint a judge or lose the action.
Here is the May 27th order:
May 25th order previously posted here.
I should be specific — here is what the order says:
We decline to rule on the show cause motion at this time. However, we cannot ignore the allegation there has been noncompliance with our April 25th Order. Therefore, we hereby order the Petitioners and the Court Clerk to each respond in writing on or before June 3, 2016, on whether Petitioners complaints and related motions have been accepted for filing. The parties shall submit their written responses by mail to the Northwest Indian Court System ….
Here is the order:
Briefs in that petition are here.
The April 25 order is here.
The lower court returned a Galanda filing on May 23 (note “rejected” stamp in upper court):
And again on May 25: