Little Nest, Bernard Charles, Estate of, 47 IBIA 52 (2008)

Docket Number:IBIA 08-74

On April 28, 2008, the Board of Indian Appeals (Board) received a notice of appeal from Pearlene Victoria Foulkes (Appellant), . Appellant seeks review of an Order Affirming Decision After Rehearing issued on February 20, 2008, by Indian Probate Judge Albert C. Jones (IPJ) in the estate of her brother, Bernard Charles Little Nest (Decedent), deceased Crow Indian, Probate No. P-0000-35290-IP. The order let stand a Decision issued by the IPJ on July 25, 2007, in which the IPJ found that Decedent was survived by a spouse by common law marriage, Leda Falls Down. Appellant, who sought to challenge1

the validity of the common law marriage, concedes that her appeal is untimely, but asks the Board to excuse the untimeliness and decide the appeal in her favor. Because we do not have authority to ignore the jurisdictional time period for filing appeals, we docket this appeal but must dismiss it for lack of jurisdiction.

Appeals from orders on reopening must be filed "[w]ithin 60 days from the date of2

the decision." 43 C.F.R. § 4.320(b). The 60-day deadline for filing an appeal is jurisdictional. § 4.320(b)(3). Untimely appeals must be dismissed. , 46 IBIA 324 (2008); , 44 IBIA 18 (2006).

The IPJ's decision was issued on February 20, 2008, and therefore Appellant had until April 21, 2008, to file her appeal. As she concedes in her notice of appeal, Appellant filed her appeal late, on April 25, 2008, as shown by the postmark on the envelope in which it was mailed. 43 C.F.R. § 4.310(a).

Because Appellant's notice of appeal was filed with the Board after the 60-day appeal period expired, her appeal must be dismissed.

Therefore, pursuant...

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