The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, based in Death Valley California, is among those Indian nations enduring an especially long and nasty fight in its dealings with the United States and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – a 165-year long battle.  The latest conflict involves the BIA’s installation of its own so-called government for the Tribe.  This takeover of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe’s government ignores the Tribe’s fundamental right of self-government, the inherent right of the Tribe to decide who is a member of the Tribe and how the Tribe will be governed.

            The BIA is again abusing its power over federal funds and Indian programs to take over and replace a federally recognized

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The Interior Department’s Takeover of the Timbisha Shoshone Government | Indian Law Resource Center.