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State tribal leader, BLM in US court cattle battle

RENO - Government lawyers are asking a judge in Nevada to throw out a lawsuit filed by an 81-year-old tribal leader who is seeking $30 million from the Bureau of Land Management in a decades-old dispute over treaty rights and livestock grazing.

The BLM says it confiscated Raymond Yowell's cattle in May 2002 and sold them at auction because they were trespassing on federal land in northeast Nevada without a grazing permit.

Yowell, former leader of the Western Shoshone Indians and a member of its Te-Mok Tribe, says in the suit filed in U.S. District Court last month that the …

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