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)

Ninth Circuit Affirms U&A Boundaries in U.S. v. Washington Subproceeding 09-01 [Makah versus Quinault & Quileute]

Here are the materials in Makah Indian Tribe v. Quileute Indian Tribe (CA9):

Unpublished Memorandum

Quileute & Quinault Opening Brief

Makah Answer Brief

Quileute & Quinault Reply

Suquamish Brief

State of Washington and Klallam Tribes Brief

Hoh Brief

Lower court materials in United States v. Washington (W.D. Wash.) (subproceeding 09-01):

439 DCT Order re Boundaries

442 Quileute Motion for Reconsideration

444 Hoh Motion

445 Quinault Motion

447 State Motion — Scrivener’s Error

448 Suquamish Motion

449 DCT Amended Order

453 Makah Response

456 State Response to Motions for Reconsideration

459 DCT Order Denying Motions for Reconsideration

Prior posts here and here.

Superior Court Finds Upper Skagit Tribe Necessary Party in Declaratory Action

Download Court’s letter opinion in re: Schuyler v. Unsworth & Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Thurston County Cause No. 14-2-02373-9 here.

A member of the Upper Skagit Tribe filed an action in Superior Court for declaratory relief on certain tribal hunting and fishing rights guaranteed by the Treaty of Point Elliot.  However, the Court held that the case affects the rights of the Tribe and therefore the case must be dismissed if it cannot be joined within 90 days.

House Passes Bill to Provide the Quileute Tribe with Higher Ground

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that provides the Quileute Tribe an additional 785 acres of land, including land currently part of the Olympic National Park. Presumably the two key purposes of the bill are to (1) help get the Tribe out of tsunami and flood zones (most if not all of the Tribe’s current land is low-lying coastal land), and (2) secure a waiver from the Tribe regarding some long standing land claims the Tribe has.

Local news story here.

Legislation here.