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Tribal Suit Response

Posted on 29th December 2011 at 08:58

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is filing its response to claims made by Clark County in its lawsuit opposing the federal government’s decision to allow the tribe to establish a reservation near La Center. The Vancouver Columbian reports on the brief filed last week in Washington, D. C., offering point-by-point responses to issues raised in the suit filed by Clark County and other opponents to a proposed casino complex next to I-5. Clark County and the other plaintiffs contend that the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk erred when he determined that the Cowlitz were eligible to have land put into trust. They also claim that the current development plans being put forward by the tribe have inadequate mitigation for stormwater, traffic, light and noise. In last week’s filing, the tribe echoes the Federal government’s response to the suit. A scheduling conference regarding the suit and these filings is currently scheduled for February 10th; at that conference, a timeline on how the case will proceed will be determined.