Native American

  • May 8, 2015

    Sprint Wants Tribe-Owned Telecom's Counterclaims Tossed

    Sprint Communications Co. LP asked a South Dakota federal judge on Thursday to toss parts of a counterclaim that a Crow Creek Sioux tribe telecommunications company launched in a long-running suit over payment for telecom access, saying that a pair of tribal tariffs are illegal.

  • May 8, 2015

    US Attempting Arctic Climate And Energy Balancing Act

    The United States' ascension to leadership of the eight-nation Arctic Council coincides with increasing interest in the region’s economic development and will highlight the unique opportunities and challenges in the area, such as balancing oil and gas exploration with climate change concerns.

  • May 8, 2015

    Okla. Tribal Biz Off The Hook In $3M Gov't Contract Row

    A federal judge tossed a $3 million suit filed by Team Systems International LLC against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe chairman and a tribal business organization over an allegedly breached contingency agreement involving two government contracts, ruling Thursday that the complaint lacked sufficient facts.

  • May 8, 2015

    Tribe-Backed Wind Farm Hits Snag Over GSA Enviro Review

    A proposed Illinois wind farm backed by a California tribe ran into a potential roadblock on Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that its pivotal contract with the U.S. General Services Administration wasn’t exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts.

  • May 7, 2015

    Group Urges Rural, Tribal Protections In Phone Transition

    A consumer advocacy group wants the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to take a strong enforcement tack on the transition from copper phone lines to newer fiber and wireless technology, urging the agency Wednesday to crack down on harmful behavior from carriers, especially to protect rural and Native populations.

  • May 7, 2015

    Mont. Tribe Official Gets 6 Months For Embezzlement

    A former Chippewa Cree Tribe official was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday for embezzling money from a tribal rodeo association, the latest punishment handed down in a federal crackdown on corruption at the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in Montana.

  • May 7, 2015

    Mont. Town Accuses Tribal Officials Of Threats In Water Row

    A Montana town on Wednesday urged a federal court to allow it to again seek an injunction against Blackfeet Nation officials in a utility dispute, saying the town's water customers had been threatened with legal action and the injunction was needed to prevent a shutdown of service.

  • May 7, 2015

    Navajo Atty Protected By FTCA In Accident Suit: 11th Circ.

    A Navajo Nation attorney working under a self-determination contract between the tribe and the federal government on a child adoption case can be afforded protection against a personal injury suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a government employee, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Thursday.

  • May 7, 2015

    Navajo Panel OKs Bill Calling For Chief Justice's Removal

    A Navajo Nation Council committee on Tuesday approved a bill recommending that the nation’s Chief Justice Herb Yazzie be removed from his role, alleging that he denied due process to tribal election officials by removing them from office without filing criminal charges.

  • May 7, 2015

    Conn. House Passes Payday Loan Bill Amid Feud With Tribe

    The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to rein in payday loan abuses and protect identity theft victims amid an ongoing legal battle between state regulators and payday lenders owned by an Oklahoma tribe.

  • May 7, 2015

    Utah State Police Seek To Join Tribal Shooting Case Row

    A group of Utah state police officers on Wednesday moved to intervene in a dispute over claims related to the death of a 21-year-old Ute Indian Tribe member, urging a federal court to end what they called efforts to re-hear already decided issues in tribal court.

  • May 7, 2015

    NIGC Upholds Illegal-Gaming Ruling Against Apache Tribe

    The National Indian Gaming Commission has upheld its 2009 determination that the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma was illegally conducting gaming on trust land in New Mexico, concluding that the agency was within its rights to find the land ineligible for such activities.

  • May 7, 2015

    Freedmen Descendants Push For Class Cert. In DOI Land Row

    A descendant of the freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes urged a D.C. federal court Wednesday to sign off on the descendants' bid for class status in a dispute with the U.S. Department of the Interior over the accounting of revenue from land granted to their ancestors.

  • May 6, 2015

    Wal-Mart Accused Of Selling Fake Native American Jewelry

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is selling dream catcher earrings that falsely claim to be made by Native Americans, according to a suit filed Wednesday in an Illinois federal court by a Native American crafts group.

  • May 6, 2015

    Nevada Tribe Wants More Input On Newmont Gold Mine

    A Nevada tribe said Wednesday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management disregarded its concerns about an open-pit gold mine in the heart of its archeological cultural area and is asking that approval be stayed until the tribe is allowed more meaningful participation.

  • May 6, 2015

    SD Seeks To Restrict Access, Use Of Tribal Custody Files

    South Dakota Department of Social Services officials asked a federal court on Tuesday to prohibit attorneys for two tribes in a class action over custody proceedings for Native American children from contacting parents of children in the state’s child custody files or from disclosing the files to the parents.

  • May 6, 2015

    Utes Object To Town’s Dismissal Order In Jurisdiction Row

    The Ute Indian Tribe objected Tuesday in Utah federal court to a town’s proposed order to certify its dismissal from a suit over the allegedly illegal prosecution of tribal members, arguing that the town's “pro forma” draft order doesn’t justify its determinations.

  • May 6, 2015

    Tribes, SD County Adopt Policing Deal For Sacred Land

    Commissioners of a western South Dakota county signed off Tuesday on a cooperative law enforcement agreement with four tribes of the Great Sioux Nation for three square miles of sacred land that was purchased in 2012 and is three hours from the closest reservation.

  • May 6, 2015

    State-Tribal Collaboration Bill Passes Texas House

    The Texas House of Representatives has passed legislation designed to improve relations between the state government and the three federally recognized Native American tribes in the Lone Star State.

  • May 6, 2015

    Texas Tribe Delivers Sweepstakes Plans After Contempt Order

    The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo on Tuesday submitted two detailed plans to continue running a sweepstakes in response to a Texas federal court order that threatened to shut down the game, arguing that either plan was viable because players could participate for free.