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U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both New Mexico Democrats, proposed a bill Tuesday that would prevent energy leasing or development on federal land around Chaco Canyon, an area that is sacred to New Mexico pueblos and the Navajo Nation.
New Mexico fired back Wednesday in a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit in which Texas and the federal government accuse it of violating a Rio Grande water-sharing deal by allowing its residents to siphon off more than their share of the water before it gets delivered to Texas.
The federal government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear a Crow tribe member's challenge to his conviction for illegal hunting on federal land in Wyoming, saying the tribe's hunting rights under an 1868 treaty endured through Wyoming's statehood and that the creation of the Bighorn National Forest didn't mean the hunting right was lost.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday defended its suit alleging Think Finance duped borrowers and used sham tribal payday lenders to collect money it was not owed, telling a Montana federal judge that other courts have already approved substantially identical claims and calling the company's April dismissal motion "meritless."
The Cherokee Nation on Tuesday urged an Oklahoma federal judge not to pause the tribe's suit against drug distributors and retail pharmacies for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic, asking him instead to rule soon on whether the case should be sent back to state court.