Native American

  • September 16, 2015

    EPA Will Answer For Gold King Mine Disaster, McCarthy Says

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy promised lawmakers Wednesday that her agency would be accountable for the damage that has befallen states and tribes affected by the Gold King Mine disaster, but she refused to speculate as to who or what was to blame for the spill.

  • September 16, 2015

    AT&T Says SD Utility Spat Can't Proceed In Tribal Court

    AT&T Corp. told a federal court Wednesday that a South Dakota tribe's utility commission has unlawfully hauled it into tribal court in a spat over certain fees and requirements, saying the court lacks jurisdiction because the company has no presence on the tribe's reservation.

  • September 16, 2015

    Gold King Spill To Bring Shift In EPA Mine Cleanup Effort

    As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to lick its wounds in the aftermath of last month's Gold King Mine spill in Colorado, investigations into potential liability for the disaster are likely to yield new approaches to the agency's long-running and complicated national mine cleanup effort.

  • September 16, 2015

    Mich. Casino Suit Against Chippewa Tribe Tossed

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit brought by the state in an effort to stop a Native American tribe from taking land for a potential casino into trust, finding that the tribal leaders were protected by sovereign immunity.

  • September 16, 2015

    House OKs Ore. Tribal Land Transfers, Airport Security Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday conveying thousands of acres of federal land to Oregon Native American tribes, while also approving Senate changes to a bill intended to enhance airport security following a deadly airport shooting.

  • September 16, 2015

    5 More Tribes Ink Deals For Land Buyback Program

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday said that it had taken additional steps to implement its land buyback program as part of a settlement over the alleged mismanagement of natural resources on tribal lands, signing deals with an additional five tribes.

  • September 15, 2015

    New Senate Bill Gives Tribes Direct Access To School Meals

    Two U.S. senators, along with a congresswoman from New Mexico, announced Tuesday that they have introduced legislation to combat barriers that Native American children face in accessing federal school nutrition programs.

  • September 15, 2015

    MGM Calls Tribes' Plans For New Casino Unconstitutional

    MGM Resort International slammed the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ plans to join forces to build a third casino in Connecticut, again contending that the newly minted law that allows them to do so violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, according to media reports Tuesday.

  • September 15, 2015

    Wash., Suquamish Tribe Greenlight Novel Marijuana Pact

    The Suquamish tribe and the state of Washington on Monday signed off on a first of its kind marijuana compact that will allow the tribe to proceed with plans to open a retail store as early as this fall.

  • September 15, 2015

    2nd Circ. Says NIGC Right To Allow Seneca Casino In NY

    The Second Circuit affirmed Tuesday that it is legal for the Seneca Nation of Indians to run a casino in upstate New York, finding that the tribe has jurisdiction over the land in question and a provision of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act restricting gambling on trust land does not apply.

  • September 15, 2015

    Wash. Tribes Defend $9.2M Expense Claim In Pollution Suit

    A Washington tribal association contested assertions from a Canadian mining company that federal law bars the tribes’ recovery of attorneys’ fees in private suits, arguing instead that its claim for $9.2 million relates to scientific investigations it undertook to prove the company dumped hazardous metal waste into the Columbia River.

  • September 15, 2015

    Idaho Tribe Permanently Barred From Offering Texas Hold 'Em

    The Coeur d'Alene Tribe's efforts to offer Texas Hold 'em poker at its casino officially ended Monday when an Idaho federal judge entered final judgment for the state in its suit against the tribe, a few months after the Ninth Circuit refused to overturn a preliminary injunction.

  • September 14, 2015

    Grand Canyon Tourism Co. Wants PR Firm Subpoena Blocked

    The tourism company behind the construction of the glass walkway over the Grand Canyon on tribal land urged a Nevada district court Friday to quash a subpoena from the tribe’s public relations firm against its own PR firm in a defamation suit, arguing that most of the documents requested are covered by attorney-client privilege.

  • September 14, 2015

    Calif. Already Beat Tribal Casino Fund Claims, Judge Says

    The California Valley Miwok Tribe can’t sue the California Gambling Control Commission over $11 million allegedly owed from a gaming revenue trust, a federal judge in the state ruled Friday, saying the tribe is out of luck after bringing similar claims in state court without success.

  • September 14, 2015

    Casino Injury Suit Has No Place In NM State Court, Navajos Say

    The Navajo Nation is asking a New Mexico federal judge to overrule a state judge who is presiding over a personal injury lawsuit filed against the tribe and its casino, saying federal law only allows suits related to gaming regulations and license laws to advance in state court.

  • September 14, 2015

    Seneca Must Arbitrate Tribal Land Pipeline Row, Suit Says

    National Fuel Gas Co. has asked a New York federal court to block the Seneca Nation of Indians' attempts to nationalize gas pipelines in tribal lands, saying in a new suit that the tribe should be compelled to arbitrate under an existing settlement.

  • September 14, 2015

    9th Circ. Upholds BIA Approval Of Tribe's Logging Plan

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday unanimously upheld an Oregon district court’s decision that the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not violate federal laws when it approved the Coquille Indian Tribe’s $8 million logging plan that had been contested by three environmental organizations.

  • September 14, 2015

    Utah, Counties Barred From Prosecuting On Tribal Land

    A Utah federal court on Friday followed orders from the Tenth Circuit to enjoin state and county officials from prosecuting alleged traffic offenses against a member of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and dismiss their jurisdictional counterclaims against the tribe.

  • September 14, 2015

    City Defends Nixed Indian Casino Revenue Deal To DC Circ.

    The city of Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday blasted a National Indian Gaming Commission decision invalidating a revenue-sharing agreement between the city and a Native American tribe that operates a casino there, telling the D.C. Circuit the federal agency exceeded its authority.

  • September 11, 2015

    Okla. Tribe Fights Subpoena In Payday Lending RICO Suit

    An Oklahoma tribe asked a Missouri federal court Friday to intervene in a North Carolina resident’s proposed class action against payday lenders after the plaintiff subpoenaed a former employee of the tribe’s loan operation, saying its sovereign immunity protects it from having to disclose the information the subpoena seeks.