A Montana state senator, his predecessor and a local business voluntarily withdrew their lawsuit against the federal government that had sought to block an $18.2 million sale of a hydroelectric dam to a tribal energy company, according to a notice filed in a D.C. district court Tuesday.
The federal government and a California state agency urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to affirm that a Canadian mining company must face allegations from Washington state and a Native American tribal confederation over certain airborne pollutants emitted by its facility that allegedly settled in the Columbia River.
A D.C. federal judge agreed on Wednesday to give more time to an Oklahoma tribe and the federal government to try to resolve claims over a National Indian Gaming Commission decision reaffirming that the tribe was illegally conducting gaming on trust land in New Mexico.
The forum selection clause in a lease agreement does not waive a Native American tribe’s sovereign immunity, an Illinois appellate court found Tuesday, refusing to revive claims against the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin over a $22 million lease contract for renewable energy equipment.
A nonprofit group urged the Second Circuit on Friday to overturn a ruling upholding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to take land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York's casino, arguing the federal law used to take the land into trust doesn't apply to New York tribes.
A Utah tribe simultaneously moved for summary judgment and asked a district court to stay proceedings for an interlocutory appeal on Monday in an enduring dispute over reservation boundaries that the tribe says is at the heart of individual prosecutions of tribal members on various state charges.
Tour company EXC Inc. recently urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of a ruling that federal, not tribal, court has jurisdiction over a civil suit stemming from a fatal collision in Arizona between a tour bus and a Navajo Nation family, arguing that the ruling falls in line with high court precedent.
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona announced on Monday that he will introduce legislation to permanently protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims and protect sacred Native American cultural sites, according to a statement from his office.
A Washington county and city and an Oregon tribe urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to overturn a district court ruling upholding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s ability to take land into trust for a rival tribe’s casino project, arguing the agency lacked authority to make the trust acquisition and the land wasn’t eligible for gaming.
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has told the Idaho Supreme Court that the state was "plainly incorrect" in characterizing as widespread a 14-day period to submit a request for attorneys' fees, which the tribe had won against the state in a suit over a horse-racing ban.
Two California water utilities urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to overturn a district court’s decision that extended a tribe’s federal reserved water rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley, arguing that case law limits these rights only to those waters necessary for the primary needs of the tribe’s reservation.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is nearing a settlement with the federal government over the latter’s controversial new hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal and tribal lands, according to a joint motion filed in a Colorado federal court requesting a stay of the litigation.
Virginia’s first federally recognized tribe is in danger of losing its recognition status following an eleventh-hour request to reconsider its ancestral records from a California group opposed to off-reservation casinos.
Members of the Blackfeet Nation hit the U.S. Department of the Interior with a complaint Friday in Montana federal court seeking legal title to the natural resources on the tribe’s reservation in the state and alleging that the federal government allowed illegal use of the tribe’s water.
A D.C. federal judge on Thursday ordered the federal government to decide by Nov. 23 whether it will seek to cancel or lift a suspension on Solenex LLC’s natural gas permit on land sacred to Montana’s Blackfeet Nation, slamming the government's proposed schedule to resolve the nearly 30-year suspension of the lease as unreasonable.
Maine on Thursday amended its lawsuit aiming to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize the state's authority over tribal waters, saying the federal agency made unlawful determinations about the state's jurisdiction after its original complaint last year.
A fight over the Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed $400 million casino ramped up on Thursday, when Arizona's gambling director accused the tribe of secretly planning to build a $400 million Phoenix-area casino while telling the state and voters the facility would be built elsewhere, in order to receive approval of its gambling compact.
A California tribe hit back at the state’s assertion that obligations to negotiate a gambling compact that was repealed by voters have been fulfilled, arguing on Thursday that federal law bars states from refusing to confer on certain lands made eligible for gambling by Congress.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday filed an intent to appeal to the Ninth Circuit an August decision striking down its rule lengthening the duration of permits to “take” bald and golden eagles from five years to 30 years.
A New Mexico federal judge on Wednesday granted the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s request for a temporary restraining order to block the state’s gaming board from issuing citations to third-party vendors for the tribe’s casinos, upbraiding the state for trying to intimidate the companies because it couldn’t prevent the tribe from conducting gaming after its compact expired.