Coquille Tribe looks to move legal proceedings to higher court

NORTH BEND, ORE - The continuing legal face-off between the City of North Bend and the Coquille Indian Tribe and their Coquille Economic Development Corporation has taken another turn.

The Tribe announced on Tuesday that they have taken formal action to move their legal dispute to Federal Court.

They filed a notice of removal with the Coos County Circuit Court and with the Federal District Court in Eugene.

In a press release, Tribal Attorney Brett Kenney said that would be the most appropriate setting for the case. "Because this case involves the intricacies of Federal Indian Law, it is important that it be heard in a court that was created to rule on matters of Federal Law."

He goes on to say that they have great respect for the State's Court system and the Coos County Judges, but they just view this as the proper move for a case involving a Federally recognized Tribe.