Native American Law360 provides breaking legal news and analysis on regulation and legislation related to Native American tribes. The section also tracks litigation and deals involving Native American tribes and Native American-owned businesses.
A New York federal judge ruled Friday that UPS Inc. is liable for allegations by the Empire State and New York City that the shipping giant helped traffic untaxed cigarettes from tribal lands, but said she needed more information before deciding how much of the $872 million the plaintiffs are seeking should be awarded.
The state of Alaska, oil and gas industry groups, regional communities and Native corporations urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to uphold a federal judge's ruling undoing the U.S. government's decision to list the Arctic ringed seal as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
An Idaho federal judge gave a quick win to the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Friday in a suit brought by a potato farmer who alleged the agency was liable for $300,000 in flooding damage to his crops caused by the Fort Hall Irrigation Project, saying BIA never assumed a duty to maintain private farm ditches.
An Arizona federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by the Gila River Indian Community accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to reimburse the tribe for health care the community provided to veterans, saying the tribe can’t bring those claims in federal district court.
The Army Corps of Engineers urged a D.C. federal judge on Thursday to reject the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's challenge to the agency's approvals for the Dakota Access pipeline to be built under a North Dakota lake, saying the agency consulted for years with the tribe and relied on strong evidence to support its decisions.