8/27/2020 National Indian Law Library (NILL) Get Indian Law news delivered to your inbox          EMAIL ADDRESS SIGN ME UP NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS FUND DONATE today NATIONAL INDIAN LAW LIBRARY INDIAN LAW BULLETINS TRIBAL LAW GATEWAY RESEARCH GUIDES RESEARCH HELP ABOUT NILL CATALOG INDIAN LAW BULLETINS  |  FEDERAL COURTS 2020  | FELY GOODFACE V. LOWER BRULE SIOUX TRIBE 2020 ELECTION BOARD 2020 WL 5017352 Only the Westlaw citation is currently available. United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Central Division. FELY GOODFACE, Plaintiff, v. LOWER BRULE SIOUX TRIBE 2020 ELECTION BOARD, LYDIA SAZUE, CHAIRPERSON; BESSIE LOUDNER, VICE CHAIRPERSON; D. KAREN JONES, SECRETARY; FEDELIA SKUNK, BOARD MEMBER; and JOELLE BATTESE, BOARD MEMBER, Defendants. 3 20-CV-03014-RAL | Filed 08/25/2020 OPINION AND ORDER DISMISSING CASE FOR LACK OF JURISDICTION ROBERTO A. LANGE CHIEF JUDGE Plaintiff Fely Goodface, proceeding pro se, led this lawsuit against the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe 2020 Election Board (Election Board) and several of the Board’s members. Doc. 1. Goodface alleges that the Election Board denied her petition to be a candidate for the September 1, 2020 Tribal Council Election even though she met the eligibility requirements in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe’s Constitution and Bylaws. Doc. 1. She alleges that the Election Board never noti ed her of her disquali cation or her right to appeal and that when she inquired about her petition during a meeting in July 2020, the Election Board again denied her petition and right to appeal. Doc. 1. Goodface claims that she presented her case to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council in early August 2020 but that it denied her request to reinstate her candidacy. According to Goodface, the Election Board, tribal attorney, and some members of the Tribal Council have conspired to disqualify eligible candidates from the tribal election. Doc. 1. Goodface asks this Court to “[e]nforce her constitutional right to due process and equal protection” by holding an “expedited” hearing to determine whether she should be a candidate in the September 1, 2020 Tribal Council Election; to declare the 2020 election process unlawful and to “disqualify” the 2020 Election Board Members for “violating applicable laws of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe’s members”; and to award her money damages. Doc. 1. Goodface has paid the ling fee but has moved for appointment of counsel. Doc. 3. https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/documents/goodface_v_lowerbrule.html 1/3

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