You may recall our posting on the recent complaint in Koniag, Inc. v. Kanam (and the Karluk Tribal Court). There is some evidence that the “Karluk Tribal Court” is not attached to a federally recognized tribe, and may be a total fraud.
Here are some additional materials in the ongoing federal suit:
Karluk Tribal Court Materials [Note the location of the tribal court — it’s in Washington state, a thousand miles from the Native village on Kodiak Island]
Here is an order issued by the “Karluk Tribal Court” purporting to declare a Washington state court ICWA proceeding invalid:
Here is a suit filed by the defendant in the initial case attempting to intervene in an ICWA case captioned Kanum v. Downs (W.D. Wash.):
And here is an odd notice from the minutes of a Gilpin County, Colo. Board of Commissioners meeting trying to figure out what to do with a judgment from the Karluk Tribal Court attached to the “Kikiallus Indian Nation”:
More recently from the Gilpin County News (in fact, today):
County Attorney Jim Petrock informed Commissioners that a “Notice of Filing of Foreign Judgment” had been received at Gilpin County District Court. The Karluk Tribal Court, (with an address of Olympia, WA), on behalf of the native village of Karluk, ruled in favor of the Kikallus Indian Nation in their case against Gilpin County and issued a permit to “Kikiallus Indian Nation and it’s contractor Brannon Sand and Gravel to mine gravel and minerals from the land known as 2982 Robinson Rd, Golden CO.” The land in question, now in foreclosure, is that of Phil Wolf. Petrock said the Karluk is a tribe in Alaska but according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (in Alaska) the tribe has no jurisdiction beyond their village. Washington does not have state-recognized tribes and the Kikallus, though listed on the Washington State Tribal Directory (at their request) are landless and not a federally recognized tribe. Petrock said no one was able to account for how the Karluk could have jurisdiction for the Kikallus. Even so, because the notice has been filed in Gilpin District Court, the County will file a motion to have it dismissed, incurring further cost at the taxpayer’s expense, for this latest in the long litigation history associated with this property.