Native American

  • June 23, 2015

    Gov't Urges Judge To Nix Bid For New Review Of Solar Project

    The federal government argued Monday that there's no reason why it should have to redo a environmental and cultural resource review of a $1.1 billion solar energy plant in California, reiterating its bid to end litigation brought by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

  • June 23, 2015

    Penobscot Nation Tells Court It Has Authority Over River

    The Penobscot Nation told a Maine federal court Monday that legislation enacted in 1980 didn’t strip the tribe of its right to regulate activities on the Penobscot River, while the state of Maine argued that the legislation plainly limited the tribe's authority and rights to the disputed area.

  • June 23, 2015

    Conn. Gov. Helps Clear Path For Potential 3rd Tribal Casino

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to possibly open one new casino in Connecticut, a move intended to protect jobs and boost tourism amid growing gaming competition in the region.

  • June 22, 2015

    Ex-Tribal Leaders Reiterate Arbitration Bid In Fraud Suit

    Former officials of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians accused by the tribe of a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme told a California federal judge on Monday that it doesn't matter whether employment agreements requiring arbitration of the dispute were forged because forged documents can still be ratified.

  • June 22, 2015

    Gov't Says It Only Affirmed Enbridge Pipeline Rights

    The federal government and Enbridge Energy Partners LP told a Minnesota federal court Friday that White Earth Nation's argument that the agency illegally authorizing new pipeline construction does not hold up, because the pipeline's rights were not changed but merely affirmed.

  • June 22, 2015

    Fla. Racetrack Argues Against Rehearing On Slots Ruling

    The owner of a Native American-operated racetrack near Tallahasee, Florida, that won a recent state appeals court decision ordering state regulators to allow it to install slot machines on Monday said the state failed to identify sufficient cause in its request for rehearing.

  • June 22, 2015

    9th Circ. Says Kawaiisu Tribe Has No Claim To Calif. Land

    A Native American group that lacks federal recognition doesn't have ownership interest in a large ranch in California, according to a published panel opinion Monday from the Ninth Circuit that upheld a previous ruling against the so-called Kawaiisu tribe.

  • June 22, 2015

    Feds Ask 9th Circ. To Reject Bid To Block Uranium Mine

    The U.S. Forest Service urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to deny a Native American tribe and several environmental organizations’ bid to block operations at an Arizona uranium mine, arguing the group is unlikely to successfully appeal a decision greenlighting the project.

  • June 22, 2015

    6 Tips For Up-And-Coming Native American Attorneys

    Young Native American attorneys should keep an open mind as they seek to serve their tribes and build their own careers, as there's apt to be a detour or two along the way. Here, three Native American attorneys under 40 share their advice for the next generation eyeing a career in the law.

  • June 22, 2015

    Redskins Push Fed. Circ. To Void Offensive-TM Rule

    The Washington Redskins last week jumped into a parallel case that could have huge implications for the team’s effort to hang on to trademark registrations for its controversial name.

  • June 22, 2015

    Jeweler Seeks Costs In Native American Marketing Row

    Peter Stone Co. on Friday urged an Illinois magistrate judge to grant it costs in a Native American-owned company’s failed $35 million suit alleging the jeweler falsely marketed a line of merchandise as authentically Native American.

  • June 19, 2015

    Law360 Announces 2015 Native American Editorial Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the members of its 2015 Native American editorial advisory board.

  • June 19, 2015

    NCAI Presses FCC On Broadband Grant For Okla. Tribal Lands

    The National Congress of American Indians has urged the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its decision to withdraw a $17.5 million grant to a broadband services provider that has focused its attention on tribal lands in northeastern Oklahoma, saying providing service there is of paramount importance.

  • June 19, 2015

    Maine House Advances Latest Tribal Casino Bill

    The Maine House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a bill setting up a competitive bid process to open a casino that would benefit the state's four federally recognized Native American tribes, advancing the bill to the state Senate.

  • June 19, 2015

    Mass. Gaming Chief Cleared In Ethics Probe Over Wynn Casino

    The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission has terminated its investigation into the state’s gambling authority head Stephen Crosby, who had been accused of participating in the selection of a casino operator after recusing himself from the process.

  • June 19, 2015

    New DOI Fracking Rule Draws Southern Ute Tribe's Ire

    The Southern Ute Indian Tribe on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Colorado federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior over its controversial final rule implementing hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal and tribal lands, joining a chorus of western states and industry groups that have opposed the rule.

  • June 19, 2015

    Tribal Casino Tax Doesn't Hit Games, SD Says

    South Dakota on Thursday pushed back against the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s bid to use the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act as a shield against taxes on nontribal members at its casino, saying the use tax at issue was never directed at the “actual play” of casino games and isn't governed by its gaming pact with the tribe

  • June 19, 2015

    Tribe Can't Sue Farmer Over Water Rights, Suit Claims

    A Utah farmer sued the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation on Thursday, asking a federal court to rule that the tribe can't sue him in tribal court over alleged misappropriation of its water because it lacks jurisdiction over the water rights of non-Native Americans.

  • June 19, 2015

    Tribes Lose Expert In DOI Trust Land Row

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Thursday granted the U.S. Department of the Interior's request to disqualify law professor Andrew Kull as an expert in a dispute with the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation over tribal trust land, but denied the government's bid to toss three other experts.

  • June 18, 2015

    10th Circ. Rips Utah For Prosecuting Crimes On Tribal Land

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday handed a decisive victory to the Ute Indian Tribe in a protracted fight over the boundaries of its Utah reservation, ruling in a scathing opinion that the state and three counties had defied decades-old federal court decisions in prosecuting tribe members for offenses that occurred within the reservation.