News Update: Klamath Tribes file complaint regarding Seattle National Archives being moved

News Update: Klamath Tribes file complaint regarding Seattle National Archives being moved

Attention All: Below is a statement from Tribal Attorney, Ed Goodman, briefly explaining the complaint and process.

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Subject: Archives litigation: Filed complaint–Common interest communication

The complaint challenging the decision to move the National Archives in Seattle was filed earlier today.

The Klamath Tribes figure prominently in the complaint.

The complaint contains four separate counts. The first three are focused on violations of various federal procedural and administrative requirements for such a move, and are brought by all the plaintiffs. The fourth is a specifically tribal complaint: it alleges that the defendant agencies failed to follow their own internal policies regarding consultation with Indian tribes. At this point, we do not know what those agencies’ policies are regarding tribal consultation, since they have not responded to FOIA requests regarding those policies. There will likely be a motion for expedited discovery seeking to obtain those policies.

The next step in the litigation will be a motion for preliminary injunction, to be filed later this week. The declarations from the plaintiffs will also play an important role in that briefing.

For more information regarding this information please contact Klamath Tribal Council at 541-783-2219