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February 6, 2002:
Appeal update- Montana Supreme court (from LST Newsletter)

As you may know, the oral argument portion of the appeal in Koke, et al. v. Little Shell Tribe was heard in the Montana Supreme court on Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Sam Painter presented the argument for the Tribe, while Robert LaFountain argued for the challengers. The major portion of the argument focused on whether the Little Shell Band of Chippewa was a Tribe, and whether it and the official were protected by the inherent sovereign immunity held by Tribes.

The challengers, in a nutshell, argued that the Tribe did not possess sovereign immunity. They argued that the 501(c)(3) corporation was the same as the Tribe and therefore subject to Montana law. Sam Painter, on the other hand, argued that the Tribe and the corporation were seperate entities. He also argued that the Tribe is entitled to immunity and that the officers, while acting within the scope of their authority, would also be protected by immunity.

A decision will not be forthcoming at least for another two months.


December 30, 2002: The Montana Supreme Court has set the Schedule for Oral Arguments for January 21, 2003 for Case # 01-888, Koke vs Little Shell Tribe.

November 11, 2002: The Little Shell Tribe Constitution and By-Laws is Now Online. It is a typed version from a copy I have. It is NOT 100% accurate. If anyone has a copy of the "Official" LST Constitution/by-laws, please forward me a copy or send me corrections to what I have now to WebMaster@LittleShellTribe.com

November 1, 2002: Below are Montana Supreme Court Filings relating to the Little Shell Tribe. Also listed are references in the Montana Code that relate to LST. All of these will be moved to their own pages soon. I list them here for the time being as I build the webpages.

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The Little Shell Tribe Newsletter is FREE to all Enrolled Tribal Members. It is published 12 months a year and is supported by particle funding by the Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Program. To place your name on the list for the newsletter, Click Here to get the Address/phone number to request your name and address be placed on the newsletter subscription list. The Contact is Toni Jo Atchison, Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist

Toni Jo Atchison, Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist Announces Tribal Newsletter is FREE to Tribal Members

By the LittleShellTribe.com Webmaster:

Toni Jo Atchison, Little Shell Tribal Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist has announced that the Tribal newsletter is FREE to all Enrolled Tribal Members. Previously, a subscription of $10 was required for the newsletter and was published quartely. The subscription cost covered monies that funded the creation, mailing of the newsletter, along with helping with office expenses. Now, with funding provided in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, and the Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Program, the Newsletter will be published 12 months a year. To place your name on the List for the newsletter (if you do not currently receive it), contact Toni Jo at the main office or write a letter requesting your name to be placed on it. Tribal and Non-Tribal members are still welcome and are encourgaged to send donations to the Office to help with tribal expenses.

To view the Little Shell Tribal Tobacco Prevention Program, Click Here


In order for the tribal government to operate and represent the members of the Little Shell Tribe through the Federal Recoginition process and enrollment, there is an immediate need for operating funds for office rent, clerical supplies, mailing, telephone services, and copier payments. Any size donation will help our tribe keep the doors open. Many thanks to the people who have contributed to the LST

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