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 U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the driver of a Mohegan Tribe-owned limousine doesn’t share the tribe’s sovereign immunity from a suit over an off-reservation car crash, saying the employee, rather than the tribe, was the true target of the negligence suit and the tribe's indemnification of the driver didn't extend tribal immunity to him.
President Donald Trump appears committed to his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but environmental groups say they are ready to battle the administration in court every step of the way, even though past challenges to border barrier construction have failed.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe hit the governor of South Dakota and two other state officials with a complaint in federal court Friday, alleging that the state is illegally imposing a tax on construction work for an expansion of the tribe’s on-reservation casino.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court decision that a member of a Washington tribe couldn’t overturn a federal gun possession conviction against him, ruling that a deceased tribal police officer’s statement was properly used to show that the man had notice of a related hearing on a domestic violence protection order.
The Blackfeet Nation has voted to approve a water rights agreement with the federal government and the state of Montana that will furnish the tribe with $471 million in funding from both governments for infrastructure projects on the reservation.