Native American

  • December 14, 2015

    Ala. Tax Collector’s Land Trust Challenge Is Late, Court Told

    The U.S. government and an Alabama tribe on Monday urged a federal court to dismiss counterclaims brought by a local tax collector in a suit over a property tax assessment on tribal casino lands, saying the challenge to federal land-into-trust decisions comes much too late.

  • December 14, 2015

    Lewis Tein Wins Fees In Fla. Tribe's Malpractice Case

    A Florida state judge has ruled that Miami boutique firm Lewis Tein PL is entitled to attorneys' fees and costs after prevailing in a "frivolous" malpractice and fraud suit that he found the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its former general counsel brought in bad faith.

  • December 14, 2015

    Tribe Says New Info Requires Judge Rethink Casino Denial

    A Native American tribe implored a Massachusetts federal court on Friday to reconsider its rejection of a bid to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, saying new evidence proves the decision is up to the federal government, not the state.

  • December 14, 2015

    High Court To Examine Uncounseled Tribal Convicts' Rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision that denied that tribal court domestic abuse convictions of uncounseled defendants apply toward repeat-offender provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, the court said Monday.

  • December 11, 2015

    Stalled Navajo Mine Expansion Can't Be Appealed: Enviros

    A Navajo Nation environmental group told the Tenth Circuit on Friday to scrap an appeal by a tribe-owned energy company seeking to overturn a Colorado federal court ruling vacating federal approval of a coal mine expansion, arguing that the appellate court has no jurisdiction.

  • December 11, 2015

    Tribe Seeks Fees After Gov't Remands Oil Royalties Rule

    An Osage Nation agency that fought against a federal rule governing oil and gas mining royalties on its reservation is demanding legal fees from the federal government after the rule was voluntarily remanded, according to brief filed in an Oklahoma federal court Friday.

  • December 11, 2015

    Tribes Look To Block Consolidation Of Calif. Highway Suits

    A pair of Native American tribes objected Friday to the California Department of Transportation’s attempt to lump their case against a $300 million highway project in with the case of environmental groups also challenging the project, saying their concerns over highway construction are not the same as those of the conservationists.

  • December 11, 2015

    ND, Wyo. Say Judge Shouldn’t Rush Their Fracking Rule Suit

    North Dakota and other states opposing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s now-delayed new rule barring fracking on public lands urged a Wyoming federal judge on Thursday not to hurry his decision on whether the agency is legally permitted to regulate fracking.

  • December 11, 2015

    7th Circ. To Be Asked To Revive Dickinson Malpractice Suit

    A group of developers gave notice in Illinois federal court Thursday that they’d be asking the Seventh Circuit to revive their malpractice suit accusing Dickinson Wright PLLC of mishandling an Indian gaming casino project, which was tossed last month.

  • December 11, 2015

    Senate Votes To Fuel Energy Development On Tribal Lands

    The Senate passed a bill Friday to help Native American tribes develop oil, gas, solar and other energy resources on tribal lands by cutting federal red tape that slows project approval and by providing more technical assistance to develop those projects.

  • December 11, 2015

    Seminoles Fight To Preserve Suit Over Gambling Exclusivity

    The Seminole tribe of Florida on Thursday urged a federal court not to dismiss its suit over a change to a 2010 gambling compact ending the tribe’s exclusive right to offer games such as blackjack and slot machines, saying amendments to the deal must be negotiated in good faith.

  • December 10, 2015

    Gamblers’ Foxwoods Suit To Continue In 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday refused to reconsider its decision to revive an appeal by a group of gamblers alleging the Native American tribe that operates Foxwoods Resort Casino falsely accused them of cheating and kept their winnings.

  • December 10, 2015

    Bureau Of Indian Affairs Leader To Step Down In January

    The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, who has been at the center of many legislative and regulatory battles on behalf of the agency over the last three-plus years, will be stepping down from his post in January, the U.S. Department of the Interior said on Thursday.

  • December 10, 2015

    Texas Says Tribe Can't Have Casino Despite Fed. Rulings

    The state of Texas told a federal judge Wednesday that the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo can't operate a casino despite recent federal rulings that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act applied to the tribe, arguing two federal agencies incorrectly found the act repealed part of an earlier law that bars the tribe from gaming.

  • December 10, 2015

    Feds Appeal Injunction Blocking DOI's Fracking Rule

    The U.S. Department of the Interior said Thursday it lodged an appeal with the Tenth Circuit challenging a Wyoming federal judge's September preliminary injunction barring enforcement of its new fracking rules until a legal dispute over the regulation's legitimacy plays out.

  • December 10, 2015

    Ore. Utility Rests On Environmental Progress In Water Row

    PacifiCorp, an Oregon-based electric utility, and conservation groups denied a tribe’s allegations that the utility is operating hydroelectric dams under the terms of an expired license, telling the D.C. Circuit court Wednesday that PacifiCorp is actually making environmental improvements under a settlement agreement.

  • December 9, 2015

    Tribe Claims Bias By City In Casino Sewer Service Fight

    The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe sued the city of Snoqualmie, Washington, Wednesday in federal court, claiming racial discrimination in the city's plan to discontinue sewer services to the tribe's casino.

  • December 9, 2015

    Navajo Council Criticizes Senator's Land-Into-Trust Bill

    A Navajo Nation Council panel on Tuesday backed two congressional bills to reaffirm the U.S. Department of the Interior’s authority to take land into trust for tribes, saying a similar bill sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso would undermine the sovereignty of tribes by putting conditions on the department’s authority.

  • December 9, 2015

    Obama Caught Between Tribes, Unions On NLRB Bill

    A proposed bill that would exempt casinos and other tribe-owned businesses from National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction puts the White House in a bind, forcing the administration to take a compromise position that has antagonized tribes and failed to entirely satisfy unions pushing to defeat the legislation.

  • December 9, 2015

    Tribe's, Enviros' Challenge To Enbridge Pipelines Gutted

    A Minnesota federal judge tossed core claims Wednesday in a suit by environmental groups and a Native American tribe seeking to block two cross-border pipeline projects by Enbridge Energy LP, saying that the State Department findings that allowed the projects to go forward were an extension of presidential power that couldn’t be reviewed by the court.