The Snoqualmie Emergency Interim Tribal Council (SEITC), elected by the people of the Snoqualmie Tribe has seen their election failed to be recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It seems the worthless BIA have seen fit to keep a council that has overstayed their constitutionally mandated term. Is that squatters rights?
Newly elected chairmwoman Carolyn Lubenau seeks to have the IBIA overturn the decision.
The Decision discusses principles of noninterference by BIA in internal tribal matters and concludes that BIA "will not recognize the [May 13 and 20] membership. . and upcoming [June 2] special meeting. We also will not recognize [SEITC] as a legitimate tribal government. We will not recognize the results of the election or any action at a meeting on June 2, 2012, nor will we fund, assist, or provide any administrative support for the June 2, 2012, meeting." Decision at 1.
Has anyone figured out what the BIA does except screw up tribal matters?