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Galanda Broadman, PLLC

63 Nooksack tribal members comprising 22 HUD households are presently facing eviction by Nooksack politicians despite the Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development both requesting a pause to those proceedings.

(Pictured: Nooksack officer Jeremy Hoyle, previously fired by the Lummi Nation for police misconduct, serves Nooksack family members with eviction papers at their doorsteps in November.)

(Pictured: Nooksack officer Jeremy Hoyle, previously fired by the Lummi Nation for police misconduct, serves Nooksack family members with eviction papers at their doorsteps in November.)

(Pictured: 83 year-old Francisco "Cisco" Rabang and his 78 year-old wife Billie enter the Nooksack Housing Authority for an eviction "conference" yesterday)

(Pictured: 83 year-old Francisco "Cisco" Rabang and his 78 year-old wife Billie enter the Nooksack Housing Authority for an eviction "conference" yesterday)

Interior Department Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland has commenced a BIA investigation of the matter, citing the families' deprivation of the right to counsel, but the federal government's efforts have not deterred Nooksack politicians from proceeding with police-aided evictions despite the pandemic, holidays, and even local flooding in Whatcom County.

"This is illegal, immoral, and unconscionable, and decidedly not self-determination," said the families' lawyer Gabe Galanda. "The Trustee must act."

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