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Nevada tribal leader sues U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Nevada tribal leader sues U.S. Bureau of Land Management

CREATED Jul 31, 2011

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The 81-year-old former chief of the Western Shoshone National Council who lives in Nevada is suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for $30 million in a decades-old dispute over tribal treaty rights and the seizure of his cattle.

The BLM says it confiscated Raymond Yowell's cattle in May 2002 because they were trespassing on federal land in northeast Nevada without a grazing permit.

But Yowell says in the suit filed in federal court in Reno earlier this month the BLM violated his civil rights and his constitutional protections against unwarranted seizure of property.

The BLM says he still owes $180,000 in back fines and fees. Yowell says he's suing now because the government has started garnishing 15 percent of his monthly Social Security check.