Washington COA Reconsiders, Holds King Co. Police Must Face Wrongful Death Action in Killing of Muckleshoot Member

Here are the materials in Davis v. King County (Wash. Ct. App.):

79696-6-8-I Appellants’ Motion for Reconsideration

79696-6-8-I Appellees’ Response to Motion for Reconsideration

79696-6-8-I Order-Opinion

Prior post here.

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: https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-announces-coalition-lawsuit-save-national-archives

Indian Country Today: https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/tribes-sue-to-stop-relocation-of-rare-documents-3wsWTPg0fka-vOAV1Uoj2g

Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ag-ferguson-with-tribes-and-historic-groups-sues-feds-over-seattle-national-archives-closure/

Spokesman Review: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jan/04/ag-bob-ferguson-sues-to-stop-sale-of-seattle-natio/

Yakama Nation press release:

Press Release_YN_OMB_Seattle Archives Lawsuit (1.4.21) (002)

King County Deputies’ Negligence in Muckleshoot Member’s Death Beyond Wash. State Court Review

Here are the materials in Davis v. King County (Wash. Ct. App.):

8-31-20 Opinion

7-25-19 Appellant’s Brief

9-27-19 Amended Appellees’ Joint Response Brief

09-09-19 Appellees’ Joint Response Brief

10-9-19 Appellant’s Reply

An excerpt:

“Before addressing each of the estate’s arguments, we acknowledge that Davis’s death is tragic and echo the trial court’s sentiment that the application of RCW 4.24.420 here is problematic because it precludes claims where law enforcement officers’ actions and training may have been unreasonable, given their knowledge that the individual they were confronting was suicidal and armed. RCW 4.24.420 prevents courts and juries from reaching the issue of whether law enforcement’s negligence resulted in the loss of life. The statute is clear and precludes our evaluation of these policy questions.”

Tribal Tax-Exemption Win in Washington Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a state law allowing tribal fee lands used for economic development projects to be exempt from state taxes provided that the tribe pays a payment in lieu of tax. (PILT). The case concerned Muckleshoot-owned lands and Muckleshoot filed an amicus brief in the case. Here is the opinion in City of Snoqualmie v. King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Snoqualmie Tribe Sue in State Court to Enjoin Muckleshoot Development

Download petition here.

A Land Use Petition was filed in King County Superior Court on May 27, 2016 on behalf of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe seeking to vacate a 2003 state environmental determination and 2016 Development Agreement that paves the way for a hotel expansion and residential development on an ancient Snoqualmie burial ground adjacent to Snoqualmie Falls, which is owned by the Muckleshoot Tribe. The Petition also asserts that the development imposes an unconstitutional burden on Snoqualmie tribal members’ constitutional right to religious freedom.

Sexual Harassment Complaint against King County, Wash. Sheriff’s Office Alleges Blasé re: Indian Country Sexual Assaults

Here is the complaint in Ferguson v. King County (Pierce County Superior Court):

King County Sexual Harassment Complaint

From page 9:

Provenzo regularly told Belinda not to fully investigate rape or sexual assault cases that occurred on the Muckleshoot Indian reservation, because rape happens on the reservation “all the time.”

Thanks to Trent Crable and Diana Bob for the find.