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2.12.04

Delawares Lose

Posting like a maniac today. I don't have time to comment on this now, but I thought I'd throw it out there since I wrote about this case when it was first filed:

Judge Rules Against Tribe On Claim That Could Have Led To Casino

An American Indian tribe that says it was swindled out of land in Pennsylvania by William Penn's son isn't legally entitled to get 315 acres of it back, even if its claims are true, a federal judge ruled.

The tribe filed its claim for the land near Easton as part of a plan to open a casino in Pennsylvania.

In an unusual opinion based on colonial-era records and legal standards, U.S. District Judge James McGirr Kelly ruled Wednesday that Thomas Penn had king-like powers that had been granted to his father, the state's founder, by the English crown. Whether he was a crook or not, Thomas Penn was free to take Indian land any way he saw fit.

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