Native American

  • May 11, 2015

    Interior Panel Nixes BIA Extension Of Tribal Oil, Gas Lease

    The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs erred in approving a land pooling agreement for oil and gas drilling on 80 acres within 642 acres of tribal land in Oklahoma because the agreement was not submitted on time, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals has ruled.

  • May 11, 2015

    Wash. Gov. Signs Law To Allow Tribal-State Marijuana Pacts

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill into law that will create a structured pathway for federally recognized Native American tribes to reach agreements with the state allowing them to sell and distribute marijuana.

  • May 11, 2015

    Tribe Slams Urban Outfitters' 'Generic' Trademark Claims

    The Navajo Nation asked a New Mexico federal judge on Friday to ditch claims by Urban Outfitters Inc. and its subsidiaries that the “Navajo” marks on their jewelry, apparel and accessories are generic and therefore protected from infringement lawsuits.

  • May 11, 2015

    State Dept.'s Pipeline Nod Is Unreviewable, Enbridge Says

    Enbridge Energy LP told a Minnesota federal court Friday that environmental groups and a Native American tribe suing to halt two cross-border pipeline projects raise claims that are not reviewable by the court, because U.S. State Department authorization fell within the scope of presidential prerogative.

  • May 8, 2015

    Fla. Lawmakers Leave Gambling Expansion In Limbo

    Despite a proposal for a massive gambling expansion bill that got some traction in the Florida House of Representatives, the Legislature adjourned without touching the subject, leaving pari-mutuels and others in the industry frustrated and the Seminole tribe in a state of limbo with a part of its exclusivity compact set to expire this summer.

  • May 8, 2015

    8th Circ. Says Tribe May Not Owe $10M In Back Casino Rent

    The Eighth Circuit gave a Minnesota tribe another shot at fighting the city of Duluth's suit for more than $10 million in back casino rent, ruling Friday that the purpose behind a federal Native American gaming law may trump the city's ability to recover the funds.

  • May 8, 2015

    BIA Revamps Gas Development Regs For Osage Nation Land

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday that it will soon issue a final rule for the Osage Nation that will strengthen oil and gas development regulations, following a 2011 deal to resolve litigation and prevent mismanagement of the tribe’s resources.

  • May 8, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Tribe's Bid For $17M Federal Funding

    Although it disagreed with most of a contract appeals board’s decision, the Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling denying the Yurok Tribe’s bid for $16.6 million in federal funding, saying the board was right to dismiss the case because it lacked jurisdiction.

  • May 8, 2015

    Fla. Miccosukee Tribe In Legal Tangles Fires General Counsel

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has fired general counsel Bernardo Roman III and his firm, which, along with the tribe, have been involved in a number of controversies in state and federal court recently, according to a court transcript obtained by Law360.

  • May 8, 2015

    Sprint Wants Tribe-Owned Telecom's Counterclaims Tossed

    Sprint Communications Co. LP asked a South Dakota federal judge on Thursday to toss parts of a counterclaim that a Crow Creek Sioux tribe telecommunications company launched in a long-running suit over payment for telecom access, saying that a pair of tribal tariffs are illegal.

  • May 8, 2015

    US Attempting Arctic Climate And Energy Balancing Act

    The United States' ascension to leadership of the eight-nation Arctic Council coincides with increasing interest in the region’s economic development and will highlight the unique opportunities and challenges in the area, such as balancing oil and gas exploration with climate change concerns.

  • May 8, 2015

    Okla. Tribal Biz Off The Hook In $3M Gov't Contract Row

    A federal judge tossed a $3 million suit filed by Team Systems International LLC against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe chairman and a tribal business organization over an allegedly breached contingency agreement involving two government contracts, ruling Thursday that the complaint lacked sufficient facts.

  • May 8, 2015

    Tribe-Backed Wind Farm Hits Snag Over GSA Enviro Review

    A proposed Illinois wind farm backed by a California tribe ran into a potential roadblock on Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that its pivotal contract with the U.S. General Services Administration wasn’t exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts.

  • May 7, 2015

    Group Urges Rural, Tribal Protections In Phone Transition

    A consumer advocacy group wants the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to take a strong enforcement tack on the transition from copper phone lines to newer fiber and wireless technology, urging the agency Wednesday to crack down on harmful behavior from carriers, especially to protect rural and Native populations.

  • May 7, 2015

    Mont. Tribe Official Gets 6 Months For Embezzlement

    A former Chippewa Cree Tribe official was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday for embezzling money from a tribal rodeo association, the latest punishment handed down in a federal crackdown on corruption at the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in Montana.

  • May 7, 2015

    Mont. Town Accuses Tribal Officials Of Threats In Water Row

    A Montana town on Wednesday urged a federal court to allow it to again seek an injunction against Blackfeet Nation officials in a utility dispute, saying the town's water customers had been threatened with legal action and the injunction was needed to prevent a shutdown of service.

  • May 7, 2015

    Navajo Atty Protected By FTCA In Accident Suit: 11th Circ.

    A Navajo Nation attorney working under a self-determination contract between the tribe and the federal government on a child adoption case can be afforded protection against a personal injury suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a government employee, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Thursday.

  • May 7, 2015

    Navajo Panel OKs Bill Calling For Chief Justice's Removal

    A Navajo Nation Council committee on Tuesday approved a bill recommending that the nation’s Chief Justice Herb Yazzie be removed from his role, alleging that he denied due process to tribal election officials by removing them from office without filing criminal charges.

  • May 7, 2015

    Conn. House Passes Payday Loan Bill Amid Feud With Tribe

    The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to rein in payday loan abuses and protect identity theft victims amid an ongoing legal battle between state regulators and payday lenders owned by an Oklahoma tribe.

  • May 7, 2015

    Utah State Police Seek To Join Tribal Shooting Case Row

    A group of Utah state police officers on Wednesday moved to intervene in a dispute over claims related to the death of a 21-year-old Ute Indian Tribe member, urging a federal court to end what they called efforts to re-hear already decided issues in tribal court.