Native American

  • 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.

  • June 18, 2015

    Urban Outfitters Backpedals On Navajo Trademark Liability

    Urban Outfitters Inc. sought to stop its bid to cut the secondary liability claims from the Navajo Nation's trademark suit, telling a New Mexico federal court Thursday that the retailer now realizes it would likely lose on its motion.

  • June 18, 2015

    Calif. Tribe Urges House Panel To OK Land Acquisition Bill

    A Native American tribe took its tussle with a California county over the tribe’s land-into-trust request to a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, arguing the county’s refusal to work out the terms of the acquisition has prevented the tribe from building much-needed housing on the land.

  • June 18, 2015

    Calif. Tribe Ruled Immune To FMLA Casino Firing Suit

    A California federal judge dismissed a former slot machine attendant's wrongful termination suit against the the Morongo Band of Mission Indians on Wednesday, ruling that sovereign immunity protects the tribe and its casino from Family and Medical Leave Act claims.

  • June 18, 2015

    FCC Commissioner Targets Okla. Tribal Lifeline Subsidies

    Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai on Wednesday decried part of a policy allowing residents of tribal lands to receive a substantially higher subsidy under the agency's Lifeline program, arguing in an opinion article that the policy, which treats nearly all of Oklahoma as tribal land, is misguided.

  • June 18, 2015

    NY Tribe Says 2nd Circ. Got Land Claims Rulings Wrong

    The Shinnecock Indian Nation urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to overturn the dismissal of its land reclamation claims in a Hamptons town, arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling compelled the appeals court to recognize it had botched a series of decisions rejecting similar claims.

  • June 18, 2015

    Sioux Tribe Is Immune To Land Dispute, 8th Circ. Told

    The Lower Sioux Indian Community has asked the Eighth Circuit to affirm a Minnesota district court's order tossing a suit lodged by descendants of the Mdewakanton alleging the Sioux Tribe and 74 landowners have been trespassing on land promised to their ancestors in 1862.

  • June 18, 2015

    Mass. AG Won't Probe New Casino Gaming Regs

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office confirmed Thursday that she will not take action on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s claims that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission violated state gambling laws by recently expanding casino licensing for slot machines and table games for a new casino.

  • June 18, 2015

    DOI Says Shutdown Nixed Receipt Of Navajo Funding Request

    The government told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that the Navajo Nation can’t use a deadline to respond to its funding request as a "legal trap" to yield an unfair financial windfall, arguing that no employees were authorized to consider the request because it was delivered during the 2013 government shutdown.

  • June 17, 2015

    Calif. Panel Approves Ban On Offensive Native Mascot Names

    The California Senate Education Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that passed the state's Assembly in May banning California public schools from using the controversial term “redskins” as a mascot or team name.

  • June 17, 2015

    Tribal Gaming Co. Wants Intervenors Out Of Sale Dispute

    A Chickasaw Nation-owned gaming company on Tuesday urged a Louisiana federal judge to dismiss a group of intervenors from its contract battle over a failed deal with the bankrupt owner of the DiamondJacks casino chain, saying they have no independent interest in the dispute.

  • June 17, 2015

    Suit Over Mich. Tribe's Casino Found Barred By Congress Fix

    A Michigan man’s hard-fought battle to shut down a casino on neighboring Indian land came to an end Wednesday after a D.C. federal judge upheld Congress’ band-aid fix law barring the lawsuit.

  • June 17, 2015

    Native Plaintiffs Back Divergent Plans For USDA Settlement

    Rival plaintiffs touted competing proposals to distribute $380 million in unclaimed funds from a USDA farm loan discrimination settlement in D.C. federal court Tuesday, with one group seeking payment to successful claimants and the other arguing the money should go to nonprofits serving Native American farmers and ranchers.

  • June 17, 2015

    Tribe Can't Skirt Property Tax Under Carcieri, Assessor Says

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians' attempt to block an Alabama county assessor from imposing property taxes on trust lands where a tribal casino operates contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court's Carcieri decision, a federal judge was told Tuesday.

  • June 17, 2015

    Maine Mulls Another Tribal Casino Bill

    A bill introduced in the Maine Legislature on Tuesday aims to create a competitive bid process for establishing a casino in either Washington County or Aroostook County that would provide economic and employment benefits to the four federally recognized Native American tribes in Maine.

  • June 17, 2015

    Seminole Tribe Asks Fla. Court To Review Slot Machine Ruling

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked a state appeals court on Tuesday for en banc review of a recent panel decision expanding the availability of slot machines in the state, saying such a move could cause the tribe "grave financial harm."

  • June 17, 2015

    4th Circ. Rebuffs Translators In $25M Army Subcontract Spat

    A defunct Native American translation company lost its bid at the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday for an en banc rehearing of its $25 million subcontract dispute with a U.S. Army prime contractor over payment for intelligence translation services.

  • June 17, 2015

    Justices Could Check Tribal Court Reach In Sex Abuse Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to review a challenge to tort claims brought against Dollar General Corp. in the Choctaw Nation's court will push the limits of the justices' willingness to recognize tribal court authority to exercise jurisdiction over and punish nontribal members, experts say.

  • June 17, 2015

    Utah Joins Crowded Field In BLM Fracking Rule Suits

    A Wyoming federal judge on Tuesday allowed Utah to join Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado in a landmark suit challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

  • June 16, 2015

    Tribes Say NLRB Exemption Bill Ensures Sovereignty Rights

    Tribal leaders on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exerting jurisdiction over Native American casinos and other businesses operated on tribal lands, saying that the proposed legislation ensures that tribal governments are treated with parity.