The estate of a Quinault Indian Nation member who was embroiled in a $90 million cigarette tax suit filed by the nation is taking his counterclaims to the Ninth Circuit, according to court documents recently filed in Washington federal court.
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida on Monday urged the Eleventh Circuit to weigh its challenge to a $1 million sanctions ruling in a failed racketeering case alongside a related appeal of the suit’s dismissal, saying a decision reviving the suit would bolster its fight against the sanctions.
A Washington state tribe hit BNSF Railway Co. with a suit in federal court Tuesday, alleging the company is shipping far more dangerous crude oil across the tribe’s reservation than is allowed under a right-of-way easement agreement between the parties.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Connecticut federal judge's ruling that a former employee of the Mohegan Sun Casino cannot pursue discrimination claims in federal court because the casino, owned by a Native American tribe, is immune from facing either Title VII or Age Discrimination in Employment Act claims.
The Navajo Nation recently became the first U.S. community to pass a controversial "junk food tax" in an effort to steer its citizens toward healthier food options. And if other jurisdictions want to follow in the nation’s success, they’ll need to tap into grassroots power and spin similar taxes as a positive, not punitive, measure, experts say.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set for a busy year, with plans to implement rules to make it easier for tribes to seek federal recognition and direct states in the implementation of tribal child welfare laws. Congress is also tackling Native American policy, debating legislation aimed at the National Labor Relations Board's reach into tribal labor issues, among other bills. Here is a look at the Native American legislative and regulatory landscape for 2015.
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday blasted Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s decision to veto a bill that would have repealed instant racing, also known as historical horse racing, saying he's turning a blind eye to illegal gaming activities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday told the Tenth Circuit its controversial definition of a Wyoming Native American reservation’s boundaries comports with Congress’ original intent for the land, and that two tribes should have Clean Air Act authority in the area.
The son of a late Muscogee Creek Nation member hit U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell with a complaint on Monday in Oklahoma federal court, alleging that the department wrongly ruled his father’s death invalidated his application to have tribal land taken into trust.
Several environmental and Native American groups asked a Minnesota federal court Monday to find that the U.S. Department of State violated federal law by authorizing two cross-border pipeline projects without public input or an environmental impact statement.
A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Tuesday said Elk Mountain Ski Resort Inc. must provide death benefits to the wife of a deceased man, finding that the couple’s traditional Native American ceremony clearly established their common-law marriage.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed a $1.1 billion damages bid by the Shinnecock Indian Nation against the federal government for allegedly violating its trust obligations in a land reclamation dispute, affirming a Federal Claims Court ruling that the nation’s suit couldn’t be reviewed until related litigation had been resolved.
The Boeing Co. urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a district court's remand to Washington state court of a mass action alleging the aerospace giant contaminated groundwater near an aircraft parts plant, arguing Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Dart Cherokee decision broadly favors removal.
The D.C. Circuit said Friday it would further consider an appeal by a South Dakota tribe member alleging the U.S. Department of Agriculture illegally prevented Bureau of Indian Affairs employees from serving as witnesses to his claim to share in a settlement over discrimination in the department’s farm loan program.
The U.S. Department of the Interior asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday to toss claims that it missed the deadline on a Navajo Nation $17 million judicial funding request, saying the clock started later than alleged because of the 2013 government shutdown.
A Florida state Senate committee will consider a bill proposed Friday to give the Seminole tribe a one-year extension of the authorization for blackjack and other banked card games in its gaming compact with the state.
The Coeur D'Alene tribe of Idaho on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn the state's injunction forbidding it from holding Texas Hold 'em poker tournaments at a tribal casino, arguing that the game is "a bona fide contest of skill" that doesn't fall under a state ban on poker.
A California tribe shot back at the state government Monday in its federal lawsuit over its efforts to build a casino on tribal land, saying the legislature failed to fulfill its obligation to review and make a decision on ratifying its gaming compact.
A Navajo Nation committee has approved a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana on tribal land in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to take a hands-off approach to marijuana in Indian territory.
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its general counsel on Friday withdrew their motion asking a Florida federal judge to reconsider her $1 million sanctions ruling in a failed embezzlement case, kicking into gear their appeal of the ruling to the Eleventh Circuit.