Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Kempthorne, No. 08-4735 - U.S. Second Circuit
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Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Kempthorne, No. 08-4735

In a petition under the Administrative Procedure Act challenging the Department of the Interior's determination not to acknowledge the "tribal existence" of a purported Indian tribal nation, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where: 1) the evidence presented by the tribe was insufficient to raise a claim of "improper political influence" under the standard set forth in Town of Orangetown v. Ruckelshaus, 740 F.2d 185 (2d Cir. 1984); and 2) the Department's determination did not violate the Vacancies Reform Act.

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Appellate Information

Argued: October 8, 2009

Decided: October 19, 2009

Judges

Per Curiam

Counsel

For Appellant:

Richard Emanuel, David K. Jaffe, Brown Paindris & Scott, P.C., Branford, CT

For Appellees:

John B. Hughes, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut, Hartford, CT