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 Transportation on Thursday said that it has awarded $5 million to help Native American and Alaskan Native governments launch and improve transit offerings on tribal lands, providing financing for three dozen projects in 19 states.
Efforts to use the sovereign immunity of Native American tribes to shield patents from America Invents Act reviews have roiled the patent world, but a new U.S. Supreme Court case could throw a wrench into the strategy. It would take a circuitous route to get there, but here’s a look at how it could happen.
Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses. Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017.
The U.S. Department of Justice inspector general released a report on Thursday that called into question the implementation of a law aimed at assisting tribes with their law enforcement capabilities, finding that efforts were disorganized and the government’s crime data was “virtually useless.”
The Quileute Indian Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that it shouldn’t rethink a panel decision backing a lower court’s finding that the federal government gave them the right to hunt whales and seals when it granted both the “right of taking fish” in a treaty signed in 1855.