The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court's decision that the state's Department of Natural Resources had violated state law by declining to issue "best interest" findings at each phase of oil and gas projects, ruling such findings aren't required under the state constitution.
A California judge on Monday refused to toss an indictment accusing an attorney for the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians and three others of taking part in a bribery scheme, saying prosecutors had sufficiently alleged that the tribe’s award of contracts for construction at its casino was connected to illegal payments.
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida dodged a motion for contempt Tuesday in its malpractice suit against the Miami law firm Lewis Tein PL, as the judge granted a motion to strike from the defendants but declined further sanctions or attorneys' fees in this latest spat between the parties.
The NFL's Washington Redskins on Thursday blasted an attempt by a group of Native Americans to cancel six of the team's trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, claiming there's no relevant evidence that proves a substantial portion of Native Americans have been offended by the team's name.
Lewis Tein PL asked a Florida state court on Friday to find the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida in contempt in response to a motion the tribe filed in its malpractice suit that the firm says is vindictive, nasty and in violation of a warning from the judge.
Two challenges to a Southern California wind project were struck down Wednesday when a federal judge nixed a Native American tribe’s claims that the site’s history hadn’t been properly researched and tossed an environmental group’s allegations that an impact statement was flawed.
Lawyers for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and Lewis Tein PL were told by a judge to tone down their arguments at a hearing Tuesday in Florida state court over privilege logs the firm says are essential to defending itself from a malpractice suit brought by the tribe, which alleges millions of dollars in improper legal charges.
The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday asked an Alaska federal judge to reconsider the establishment of a polar bear habitat, saying he had misunderstood the grounds for its designation when he granted oil industry and tribal groups' request to vacate the rule establishing the habitat.
A federal judge on Tuesday partially granted a motion to reconsider an order that denied a Washington Native American tribe's bid to delay construction of a $715 million nuclear submarine-related wharf near Seattle, but he said the changes won’t alter the core of the decision.
A Washington federal judge on Tuesday refused to block the U.S. Department of the Interior from purchasing land in California and allowing a group of Native Americans to build a casino and hotel on the property, saying the surrounding community's environmental, moral and other qualms can't prevent the transaction.
Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. and a Stiles Inc. unit have created Seminole Development & Construction LLC, pairing one of the nation's most successful Native American tribal businesses with more than 60 years of construction and development expertise, the companies said Tuesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that he would step down from his post in the Obama administration in March, creating another vacancy in the president’s cabinet.
An Alaska federal judge handed a win Friday to oil companies who had challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior over its designation of a protected area for polar bears, ruling that the designation had gone too far.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on whether federal courts have the authority to hear disputes arising under federal Indian gaming law and whether tribes have immunity from such litigation.
A Washington federal judge on Friday found mining company Teck Resources Ltd. liable for costs incurred by the state government and an Indian tribe related to Teck's dumping of hazardous pollutants into the Columbia River.
The Second Circuit refused Wednesday to review its decision lifting a federal injunction against a 61,000-square-foot casino on tribal land in Southampton, N.Y., in a case raising jurisdictional questions over Indian land rights.
The Obama administration on Tuesday put the finishing touches on streamlined permitting and leasing policies for wind and solar projects in Indian country, setting the stage for an uptick in renewable energy developments on millions of acres of land.
A putative class of Native Americans on Monday sued purported middlemen in Williams Cos. Inc.'s $925 million purchase of mineral interests in North Dakota's oil-rich Bakken Shale, claiming they were part of a scheme to grab the mineral rights at undervalued rates and without other protections.
A divided Federal Circuit on Friday said a group of Native American tribes hadn't waited too long to sue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over an Alaska hospital contract, finding that the statute of limitations was extended by several earlier class actions.
A Native American tribe in Massachusetts asked a federal court Monday to overturn the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of the 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore energy project, claiming the agency violated conservation and environmental law.