Native American

  • April 8, 2008

    Tribes Settle Salmon Suit For $900M

    The Bush administration and certain Northwest Indian tribes have reached an agreement that would allow four hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin to remain intact but would also pump $900 million into helping protect endangered salmon.

  • April 2, 2008

    Navajo, Citizens Energy Plan Wind Power Project

    The Navajo Nation has reached a deal with Boston-based Citizens Energy Corporation to build a wind-power plant on Navajo land to deliver over 500 megawatts of power, a representative for the tribe's legal counsel said on Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2008

    Tribal Authority Must Face Toxic-Housing Claims

    An appeals court has ruled that a tribal housing authority must face claims that government houses it bought or leased were treated with toxic chemicals, causing a group of Blackfeet Indians to suffer from health problems including cancer.

  • February 1, 2008

    Alaska Drilling Will Harm Polar Bears: Suit

    Environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and an American Indian tribe, filed suit Thursday against members of the Bush administration, seeking to stop a plan for oil drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

  • January 31, 2008

    Judge Slams Interior Dept. In Oil Royalty Case

    A federal judge has lambasted the Department of Interior for dragging its feet in explaining what happened to billions of dollars in royalties owed to Native American landowners.

  • January 3, 2008

    Tribe Can't Bring Medical Monitoring Claims: Judge

    A court has ruled that the Quapaw tribe of North Dakota cannot bring medical monitoring claims against a group of mining companies that allegedly contaminated the tribe's land with hazardous pollutants.

  • November 19, 2007

    Foxwoods Asks Labor Board To Stay Union Elections

    The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has asked the National Labor Relations Board to put a hold on union elections scheduled for this weekend at the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino.

  • November 2, 2007

    Asarco Proposes Rate On Most Unsecured Claims

    Having been granted a little more time to file a reorganization plan, Asarco LLC wants to pin down how much all future non-personal-injury unsecured claims against it will eventually amount to after the dust settles on its Chapter 11 proceedings and all claims mature.

  • October 30, 2007

    Asarco Wins Extension, Wants $158M Deal

    On Monday, the bankruptcy judge overseeing Asarco LLC's Chapter 11 reorganization agreed to let the 108-year-old mining company keep control of its bankruptcy for about three more months, and also granted Asarco's motion for expedited consideration of the company's bid for approval of a $158 million settlement of environmental claims lodged by the government.

  • September 17, 2007

    DOE Names Head For Native American Energy Office

    The U.S. Department of Energy has tapped Steven J. Morello to serve as the director of a new office at the agency focused on energy policy, development, planning and education for Native American tribes.

  • September 10, 2007

    DOE Loses Bid To Toss Tribe's Claims For Cleanup

    A district court judge has struck down the U.S. Department of Energy's bid to dismiss an Indian tribe's request for compensation and damages in the cleanup of a plant once used to build atomic bombs and now regarded as the most polluted site in the country.

  • August 15, 2007

    ConocoPhillips Settles With DOJ For $105M

    A ConocoPhillips Co. subsidiary on Wednesday agreed to pay $105 million to settle the Department of Justice's claims that it “systematically” underpaid natural gas royalties it owed the federal government and Indian tribes.

  • July 17, 2007

    Permits For Mining On Tribal Land Spark Suit

    Two environmental groups have launched a lawsuit against a federal agency that sets coal mining standards for signing off on two permits for a mine in northwestern New Mexico.

  • May 16, 2007

    U.S. Should Keep Tribal Rights-Of-Way Policy: Report

    A federal report has recommended that Congress stick to its current policy of letting Indian tribes and energy companies negotiate the terms of energy rights of way on tribal land.

  • May 3, 2007

    New Oil Refinery Faces Challenge From Tribe

    An energy company has temporarily postponed construction of the first new U.S. oil refinery in more than 30 years in light of a lawsuit that says the project would destroy artifacts and other Native American cultural resources.

  • May 3, 2007

    Groups Fight PacifiCorp. Dams

    A group of Native American tribal leaders, salmon fisherman and businessmen have joined together to formally protest two PacifiCorp. dams in northern California, which are allegedly polluting the Klamath River with toxic algae blooms.

  • April 18, 2007

    Circuit Rules Tribe Is Subject To Employment Laws

    An American Indian tribe in Maine is not exempt from state employment discrimination laws, a divided circuit court ruled Tuesday.

  • March 27, 2007

    Supreme Court Denies Writ In Indian Royalty Case

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling that removed a district court judge from a class action lawsuit pitting Native Americans against the Department of the Interior over lost energy royalties.

  • February 12, 2007

    Court Rules Tribal Casinos Fall Under Labor Laws

    In a blow to Indian tribes’ sovereignty across the United States, an appeals court has found that an affluent Southern California tribe is subject to federal labor law.

  • January 3, 2007

    Developer Says Seminole Buyout Of Hard Rock Rigged

    The takeover of Hard Rock Café International USA by the Seminole Tribe of Florida has raised the ire of another would-be suitor, which filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that the bid was rigged.