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.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs could collect better data about roads on tribal lands that need repair, a move that would help develop strategies to reduce school absences among Native Americans, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma slammed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday for finding that changing the elevation levels of an Oklahoma hydroelectric dam’s reservoir wouldn’t result in any adverse cultural impacts, accusing the agency of sidestepping its obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act.
The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday announced that it has sent purchase offers to roughly another 5,100 landowners as part of its $1.9 billion land buyback program under the landmark Cobell settlement over the alleged mismanagement of tribal trust funds.
A North Dakota federal judge has tossed a suit by Dakota Access LLC that sought to block protest activity against the Dakota Access pipeline by the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others, saying the dollar value of the case wasn’t large enough to justify federal jurisdiction.
The Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians on Friday pressed a California federal court to lift a stay in the tribe’s suit over groundwater rights against two water agencies, saying that the agencies stand little chance of having a recent Ninth Circuit ruling in the tribe’s favor reconsidered and reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.