Hi, Karl, Thank you for the additional information,
Indian tribes are sovereign governmental entities and, as such, the tribes enjoy sovereign immunity and generally cannot be sued in a State Court. An Indian tribe can be sued only if Congress has "unequivocally" authorized the suit or the tribe has "clearly" waived its sovereign immunity, but there is a strong presumption against a waiver of this immunity. The doctrine of sovereign immunity protects the Indian tribes from lawsuits for any monetary amounts by non-Indians in State Courts.
However, you might be able to sue the tribe in a Tribal Court. You would tell the Tribal Court what was ordered by their lawyer and that you acted in accordance with his instructions. You will also tell the Tribal Court that they have acknowledged the debt in that they have paid the invoices you have submitted to date, except for $1,919.78 plus late fees. You would have to ask what the procedure is for instituting a lawsuit against that particular tribe and then go ahead and sue in their Tribal Court.
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