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Published on Jun 10, 2010
The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe has filed a lawsuit to stop an Act of Congress that threatens to take a fund of money belonging to the Timbisha Shoshone and the Western Shoshone Nation as a whole.
The lawsuit -- against the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Treasury -- seeks to overturn an Act of Congress, called the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act, which will confiscate a judgment fund belonging in part to the Timbisha Shoshone of the Western Shoshone Nation and distribute the fund to individuals according to rules created by Congress.
This Act of Congress takes the Timbisha Shoshone's funds without due process or compensation and violates the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
Joe Kennedy, Chairman of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, talks about the history leading up to the complaint.