Lawsuit alleges mismanagement at Hubbell Trading Post NHS

A case stretching from the dusty high desert of Arizona all the way to Washington, D.C., has many of the markings of a Tony Hillerman novel -- conspiracy, intrigue, and wrongdoing in Indian country. It also has spurred a lawsuit accusing a number of National Park Service officials with misconduct and wrongful seizure of property belonging to a man described as one of the "last authentic Indian traders," and opened an unpleasant window into the cooperating association affiliated with the historic site.

Filed by Billy Malone late in August, the lawsuit weaves a story of persecution and conspiracy, one aimed at making him the scapegoat for an alleged history of accounting woes at the actual trading post at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in the Four Corners town of Ganado, Arizona, where he worked as the resident trader.

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