6/18/2020 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  |WINNEMUCCA INDIAN COLONY V. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 2019 WL 320560 Only the Westlaw citation is currently available. United States District Court, D. Nevada. WINNEMUCCA INDIAN COLONY et al., Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ex rel. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR et al., Defendants. 3 11-cv-00622-RCJ-CBC | Filed 01/24/2019 ORDER ROBERT C. JONES United States District Judge This case arises out of the refusal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) to recognize a tribal government of the Winnemucca Indian Colony. The Court ordered the BIA to recognize an interim chairman and ultimately acknowledged the results of tribal enrollment, elections, and litigation relating thereto. Plaintiffs Winnemucca Indian Colony and Judy Rojo have now asked the Court to award attorney’s fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”). 28 U.S.C. § 2412. Plaintiffs are clearly the prevailing party. They requested injunctive and declaratory relief concerning the tribal leadership and received it. The Colony is eligible for an EAJA award if its net worth did not exceed $7,000,000 and if it had no more than 500 employees at the time of ling. Id. at § 2412(d)(2)(B)(ii). Plaintiffs have the burden of proof. Thomas v. Peterson, 841 F.2d 332, 337 (9th Cir. 1988). The Court accepts Judy Rojo’s af davit verifying the relevant facts, (Rojo Aff., ECF No. 305-1, at 1), and rejects the BIA’s argument that Rojo’s declaration is not valuable because she was not the chairperson at the time of ling (and therefore lacks personal knowledge of the Colony’s net worth at that time). There is no reason why such knowledge would be exclusive to the chairperson, and the BIA does not even suggest who the proper chairperson to inquire of would be. Rojo has attested to the relevant facts under oath, and the https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/documents/winnemucca_v_us_doi.html 1/4

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