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 group of Virginia residents filed a proposed class action in federal court Thursday alleging that an internet lending company engaged in a "rent-a-tribe scheme" to allow it to charge illegally high interest rates on its loans while attempting to use a Michigan tribe's sovereign immunity as a shield from suit.
BNSF Railway Co. on Thursday asked a Washington federal judge to clarify a recent order disposing of one of the railroad’s defenses in a dispute over the right to ship crude oil across a Native American tribe’s land, saying the order could be read as more expansive than intended.
A group of three tribal lending companies pushed a California federal judge Thursday to keep a stay on civil investigative demands issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the tribes are still working to overturn them at the Supreme Court.
The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday will publish a final rule to establish standards for appraisals of Indian trust property and allow the process to be streamlined in some circumstances as part of the implementation of a 2016 federal law meant to offer tribes more authority to manage their assets.
The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision striking down a federal ban on registering offensive trademarks cemented the legal right of the Washington Redskins and other sports teams to trademark Native American-themed names and logos, but critics of those teams will now redouble their efforts to turn public opinion against the use of those marks.