Video: Federal Lawsuit Alleges Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Benefits Being Granted to Non-Members


A lawsuit filed in eastern Idaho March 25 alleges that the Fort Hall Bureau of Indian Affairs has been defrauding members of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe.

KIDK-TV reports that the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, names Randy Thompson, superintendent of the Fort Hall BIA, and the claimant, tribe member William Beasley, argues that outsiders have been admitted to the tribe and allowed to collect tribal benefits.

"They're not born here," Beasley told KIDK. "They don't have the Shoshone-Bannock descendency."

Beasley is asking that federal funding to the Shoshone-Bannock tribe be suspended pending intervention from the U.S. government.