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. Department of the Interior finalized Tuesday a plan to eliminate most of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing the amount of methane that oil and gas companies release on federal and Native American lands, saying the regulations went far beyond the agency’s authority.
The Coyote Valley band of Pomo Indians told a California appellate court on Tuesday that its prior ruling finding that the tribe waived its sovereign immunity in agreements with a construction contractor was wrongfully applied to an attorneys' fees bid, arguing that limiting the scope of immunity waivers was "a bedrock principle of Indian law."
A Yakama Nation company urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that it isn't subject to a Washington state fuel tax, saying that there is no way of looking at the tax on importing fuel that would allow the state to bypass the tribe's treaty rights.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has urged a California federal court to toss a suit by an unrecognized tribe, the Tolowa Nation, seeking to force the government to grant it recognition, saying the Department of the Interior found there isn't enough evidence to show it's a distinct community.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday said Republicans' refusal to vote on a long-term version of the Violence Against Women Act that would cover immigrants and LGBT people is an "abdication of our responsibilities to women in our country."