No. 12-17151.

790 F.3d 910 (2015)

David Laughing Horse ROBINSON, an individual and Chairman, Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon; Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Sally JEWELL, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior; Tejon Mountain Village, LLC; County of Kern; Tejon Ranch Corporation; Tejon Ranchcorp, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed June 22, 2015.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jeffrey M. Schwartz (argued), Schwartz Law, P.C., San Clemente, CA, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Tamara N. Rountree (argued), Barbara M.R. Marvin , and William Lazarus , Attorneys, United States Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section, Washington, D.C., Defendant-Appellee Secretary of Interior.

Eric D. Miller (argued), Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA; Jennifer A. MacLean , Benjamin S. Sharp , and Elisabeth C. Frost , Perkins Coie LLP, Washington D.C., for Defendants-Appellees Tejon Mountain Village, LLC, Tejon Ranch Corporation, and Tejon Ranchcorp.

Charles F. Collins (argued) and Theresa A. Goldner , Kern County Administrative Center, Bakersfield, CA, for Defendant-Appellee Kern County.

Before: SIDNEY R. THOMAS, Chief Judge, and STEPHEN REINHARDT and MORGAN CHRISTEN, Circuit Judges.


In this appeal, the Kawaiisu, a non-federally recognized Native American group indigenous to the Tehachapi Mountains and the Southern Sierra Nevada ("the Tribe" or "the Kawaiisu"), and its elected chairperson, David Laughing Horse Robinson, appeal the dismissal of their claims asserting title to the Tejon Ranch...

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