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 D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission wrongly allowed Powertech to keep a uranium mining license after failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act over objections from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, holding that such a decision “vitiates” the environmental law’s requirements.
The Oneida Nation and a Wisconsin village blasted each other in federal court Thursday as both sought quick wins in a tussle over the village’s demands that the tribe obtain a permit for an apple festival, with the battle hinging on whether the tribe’s reservation still exists under a 19th-century treaty.
A D.C. federal judge on Thursday approved a plan to distribute $38 million from the landmark Keepseagle settlement to nonprofit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, largely rejecting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's claims that two of the awards posed potential conflicts of interest.
North Dakota filed a tort notice seeking $38 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the law enforcement resources it deployed to respond to eight months of sometimes violent Dakota Access Pipeline protests, alleging the federal government’s inaction forced the state to step in.
The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, rejecting an attempt from Allergan PLC to shield patents for its dry-eye medication Restasis by transferring them to a Native American tribe.