Coeur d’Alene Tribe files complaint against Kootenai County coroner

Coeur d’Alene Tribe files complaint against Kootenai County coroner

Attorneys with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have filed a temporary restraining order to stop an autopsy of one of their tribal members who was killed in a car accident on Friday.

According to a statement from the tribe, Olivia Pakootas’ family has asked the Kootenai County Coroner to return her body with out conducting an autopsy.

“We have the sovereign right to bury our people in line with our tribal beliefs and our religious and cultural values. The Kootenai County Coroner is blatantly disregarding and disrespecting the religious values of our Tribe and of Olivia’s family,” reads a statement from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

KXLY reached out to the attorney representing the Kootenai County Coroner’s Office for the complaint, but has not heard back by the time this story was published.