Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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There is no one you can call and no government agency which has control over trusts.
Almost everything that happens in a trust is either controlled by 1) the specific terms of the trust or 2) an order of a court of jurisdiction. In a situation like you're describing I've never seen a trust document provide a method by which a minority number of trustees can overrule a majority number of trustees so your only option would be to file an action with the court asking the court to issue orders preventing the other trustees from doing whatever actions you believe are inappropriate or unlawful.
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You need to take the paperwork to a lawyer and let them look it over. Many of the no contest clauses aren't valid and, in addition, if you challenge and win then the no contest clause can't be enforced. They also can't cut you off just for threatening them.
Usually no contest clauses just prevent you challenging the trust itself, not the actions of the trustees if they are acting improperly.