Tribe has two weeks to defend casino decision

Oct 8, 2017 From staff reports

Terry Smith, associate judge for the Northern Arapaho Tribal Court, has given the Northern Arapaho Business Council two weeks to answer to legal complaint after NABC members declined to fire the Wind River Hotel and Casino's top management despite a directive from the tribe's general council.

The tribe was originally told to show cause within 20 days, but Smith extended that deadline to Oct. 23 after NABC have "shown sufficient cause" that the original complaint has questionable elements.

On Sept. 9, the general council ordered the NABC to fire CEO Jim Conrad and assistant manager Andrea Clifford. But when the NABC deliberated the firing the following week, only three out of six council-members were in favor of the firing. Enrolled member Michael Blackburn has asked the tribal court to enforce the firing and "banish Jim Conrad from our tribal land."

However, NABC attorney Andrew Baldwin noted that Blackburn's complaint "does not identify any defendants not does it seek any specific relief from the NABC."

"The document filed by Mr. Blackburn asks for an "emergency hearing," but does not identify any irreparable injury that could provide the basis for emergency action by the court. No such emergency exists," Baldwin wrote.

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