In previous rulings, the state Supreme Court has recognized tribes had little choice but to accept money for land, but had not before equated settlement of the West with "stealing."
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The church's Farmland Reserve Inc. submitted the winning bid of $209 million at a bankruptcy auction June 17. U.S bankruptcy Judge Whitman Holt in Yakima must OK the sale at a hearing set for July 14.
Three conservation groups are defending plans to log, thin or control burn more than 20,000 fire-prone acres of federal forest in north-central Washington.