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Wolfchild I & II

Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of Minnesota Litigation

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Synopsis of the two lawsuits

Wolfchild I:
On November 18, 2003 a verified complaint was filed in United States Court of Federal Claims seeking damages for breaches in U.S. trust responsibility in relation to the Mdwakanton Dakota Band of the Great Sioux Nation. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit were Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, et al. Several Plaintiff-Intervenors eventually joined the lawsuit. Defendant in the lawsuit was the United States (Department of Interior). Several twists and turns took place during this 10+ years of litigation, most of which took place in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

On April 8, 2014 an order for final judgment in defendant's favor in light of disposition of case by Court of Appeals was signed by Judge Charles F. Lettow. Judgment was entered in favor of defendant the same date.

A subsequent petition for a writ of certiorari at the U. S. Supreme Court is denied.

Wolfchild II:
On May 20, 2015 a verified complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota regarding 12 sections of land located in three counties in the middle of the state of Minnesota. Plaintiffs were Scott Adolphson, Barbara Buttes, Ernie Peters Longwalker, Morris Pendleton, Thomas Smith, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild on behalf of themselves and all others similarily situated. Defendants were (1) Redwood County, Paxton Township, Sherman Township, Honner Township, Renville County, Birch Cooley Township, Sibley County, Moltke Township, (2) Landowners occupying the 12 sections of land, (3) Lower Sioux Indian Community and (4) Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.

The Eighth District Court of Appeals ordered and adjudged that the judgment of the district court in this cause is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded to the district court for proceedings consistent with the opinion of this court. In essence, the lawsuit was ruled in favor of the defendants.

A subsequent petition for a writ of certiorari at the U. S. Supreme Court is denied.

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