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Tribal members discuss joint suit


April 15, 2002

The Chippewa Cree Grassroots People have joined with members of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in their fight against the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

While meeting at a Great Falls hotel on Saturday, more than 50 Grassroots People voted unanimously to collaborate with Blackfeet residents in filing a class-action lawsuit against the BIA, citing repeated civil rights violations.

"I think this is the right way to go," Grassroots People spokesman Russell Standing Rock said today. "It's about time somebody goes after the government, after all these years."

On Friday evening, Standing Rock fielde...

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