In the case of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan filed in Federal Court in August 2015. The tribe seeks a permanent injunction against the State, local units of government and all other, from asserting any governmental jurisdiction against the Tribe or Tribe members on what is claimed to be their reservation, an area involving most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County. This claim in based upon the 1855 Treaty of Detroit.
The cities of Petoskey and Harbor Springs, the counties of Emmet and Charlevoix, and every township governmental unit within the boundaries of the suit have become party defendants in this case. ECLA and a group of concerned area businesses and citizens has formed the Protection of Rights Alliance [The Alliance] which has also been granted intervention in the suit (Intervention Order). Contributions to the citizens defense in this litigation should be made to the Protection of Rights Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (address listed below).
If the Tribe is successful in this litigation, each and every one of our rights as residents, property owners, and businesses will be substantially impaired. ECLA, through its retained attorneys and expert witnesses will aggressively defend our rights in this case.
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Contribution towards funding the defense in the litigation may be made to:
The Protection of Rights Alliance Foundation
c/o Sara Smith, CPA
321 S. Spring Street
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740