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Feds ready to drop lawsuit against tribe

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) August 2010

The government asked a federal judge to dismiss its lawsuit against Yankton Sioux Tribal Court following the dismissal of a complaint against two Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers.

Tribal member Gail Hubbeling said in her civil lawsuit in tribal court that the officers violated her free speech rights when they questioned her about a reckless driving report and arrested her for obstruction.

The U.S. Attorney’s office sought a judge’s order blocking the tribal court from proceeding. It said the tribe didn’t have jurisdiction and such complaints would make it harder to recruit BIA officers.

The government said Hubbeling’s complaint has now been dismissed in tribal court so there’s no need to continue at the federal court level.




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