Native American

  • March 29, 2013

    Alaska High Court Limits Scrutiny Of Oil And Gas Projects

    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.

  • March 25, 2013

    Tribe's Atty Can't Evade Charges In Casino Kickbacks Scheme

    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.

  • March 19, 2013

    Fla. Tribe Avoids Contempt In Suit Against Ex-Counsel

    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.

  • March 7, 2013

    NFL's Redskins Defend Name Against Trademark Challenge

    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.

  • March 4, 2013

    Fla. Tribe Filed 'Nasty' Motion In Malpractice Suit: Law Firm

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    SoCal Wind Project Beats Tribal, Enviro Challenges

    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.

  • February 26, 2013

    Judge Tells Attys To Cool Off In Fla. Tribe's Malpractice Suit

    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.

  • February 12, 2013

    DOI Asks Judge To Rethink Axing Alaska Polar Bear Habitat

    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.

  • January 30, 2013

    Judge Sinks Wash. Tribe's Bid To Block Submarine Wharf

    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.

  • January 30, 2013

    DOI Beats Challenge To Calif. Casino Project Deal

    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.

  • January 17, 2013

    Tribe Teams Up With Fla. Construction Co. To Launch JV

    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.

  • January 16, 2013

    Salazar To Leave Interior Department In March

    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.

  • January 11, 2013

    DOI Rule On Polar Bear Habitat Gets Cold Shoulder

    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.

  • January 7, 2013

    Supreme Court Seeks SG's View In Indian Gaming Law Case

    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.

  • December 17, 2012

    Mining Co. Liable For Columbia River Pollution Costs

    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.

  • November 28, 2012

    2nd Circ. Won't Reconsider Case Over NY Tribe's Casino

    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.

  • November 28, 2012

    DOI Speeds Permit Process For Green Energy On Indian Land

    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.

  • November 26, 2012

    Land-Buying Scheme Ushered In $925M Bakken Buy, Suit Says

    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.

  • November 13, 2012

    Tribes' $2M Hospital Suit Not Time-Barred, Fed. Circ. Says

    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.

  • October 30, 2012

    Indian Tribe Says Cape Wind Project Flouts Conservation Law

    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.