Lawsuit filed in opposition to government regulation of cockfighting

Oklahoma City_A man convicted last year of cockfighting in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the government's right to regulate the blood sport on tribal land.

Michael Turner of Lawton filed the lawsuit as a member and on behalf of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma.  But tribal officials say Turner doesn't represent the tribe.  The lawsuit names the State of Oklahoma, the state and federal attorneys general, the FBI, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the US Treasury Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Humane Society of the United States.

It asks the federal court to prevent any of the defendants from entering tribal land to prevent cockfighting.

Oklahoma voters banned cockfighting in the state in 2002.

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