5 Native American Environmental Cases To Watch In 2015

Law360, New York (April 28, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT) -- High-profile environmental lawsuits in Indian Country this year include disputes over energy projects proposed on culturally important sites, the rights of tribes to manage the implementation of federal clean air and water statutes, and the responsibility of states to ensure tribes have clean water and plenty of fish.

Below are five environmental cases Native American law attorneys will be following in 2015.

Penobscot Indian Nation’s Water Rights in Maine

The dispute involves a couple of cases and stems from the Penobscot Indian Nation's effort to improve the...
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Case Title

PENOBSCOT NATION v. SCHNEIDER et al


Case Number

1:12-cv-00254

Court

Maine

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

GEORGE Z. SINGAL

Date Filed

August 20, 2012


Case Title

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District et al


Case Number

5:13-cv-00883

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Jesus G. Bernal

Date Filed

May 14, 2013


Case Title

STATE OF MAINE et al v. MCCARTHY et al


Case Number

1:14-cv-00264

Court

Maine

Nature of Suit

Environmental Matters

Judge

JON D. LEVY

Date Filed

July 7, 2014


Case Title

Colorado River Indian Tribes et al v. Department of Interior et al


Case Number

5:14-cv-02504

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutes: Administrative Procedures Act/Review or Appeal of Agency Decision

Judge

John A. Kronstadt

Date Filed

December 3, 2014

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