BREAKING NEWS - GUN LAKE TRIBE WINS CASE IN U.S. SUPREME COURT
On February 27, 2018 the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Patchak v Zinke, a case involving a challenge to the Secretary of the Interior's 2005 decision to acquire land in trust for the Gun Lake Tribe in Western Michigan, for use as its initial Reservation. Though the Tribe had been recognized in numerous Treaties with the United States between 1795 and 1855, it suffered the ill effects of federal Indian policies of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which left the Tribe landless. In 1998, the Tribe received formal recognition as an Indian tribe from the Secretary of the Interior, and thereafter acquired land for use as its initial reservation. The Patchak case was the last of a series of attempts by some non-Indians in western Michigan to deny the Tribe its long-overdue reservation lands. The decision represents a rare victory for Indian tribes before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent decades.
Conly Schulte is honored to have assisted the Gun Lake Tribe in gaining formal recognition and in defending the Tribe's homelands. Mr. Schulte served as lead counsel to the Tribe in the lower courts in this case, and co-authored the Tribe's briefs before the Supreme Court. The decision may be found at https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-498_l5gm.pdf