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Case Name Ribs v. Taylor PC-CA-0010
Docket / Court 77-3985 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On October 25, 1977, Indian prisoners in the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... read more >
On October 25, 1977, Indian prisoners in the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the Native American Rights Fund and California Indian Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by refusing to allow them to have an Indian sweat lodge at the prison.

On April 16, 1979, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered the defendants to allow the plaintiffs access to a sweat lodge. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/10/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Free Exercise Clause
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Religious programs / policies
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Federal Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description Native American inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Granted
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1979 - n/a
Filed 10/25/1977
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Court Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
C.D. Cal.
04/18/1979
Consent Judgment and Decree
PC-CA-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
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Judges Kelleher, Robert Joseph (C.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Blue Dog, Kurt V. (Colorado) show/hide docs
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Echo-Hawk, Walter R. (Colorado) show/hide docs
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Forman, George (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Brosio, Frederick M. Jr. (California) show/hide docs
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Kircher, Charles W. Jr. (California) show/hide docs
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Ordin, Andrea Sheridan (California) show/hide docs
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