LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit to stop the development of a 5,000-acre gated resort community on a sprawling ranch some 60 miles north of Los Angeles that it claims as tribal land.
The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Fresno argues that U.S. officials have failed to recognize the Kawaiisu (KAH'-yah WAH'-soo) Tribe's legitimate claim to areas of the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch property where the Tejon Mountain Village project is planned.
The lawsuit also argues that Kern County supervisors ignored the existence of historic tribal sites when they approved the project last month.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction suspending development, as well as more than $4.5 billion from the U.S. Department of Interior in compensation for use of the land and the tribe's pain and suffering.
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