Native American

  • April 3, 2015

    Alaska Legislature Wants Feds To Clean Up Native Lands

    The Alaska Senate joined the state’s House of Representatives on Thursday in adopting a joint resolution to urge the federal government to clean up contaminated lands conveyed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and compensate residents for medical problems they suffered living on the lands.

  • April 3, 2015

    Mont. Board Slams DOI For Irrigation Project Takeover

    The Flathead Joint Board of Control urged a Montana federal court Friday to keep alive its complaint against the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs over a tribal irrigation project in the state, arguing the department violated a congressional mandate by retaking control of the project and wrongly restored land to Native American tribes.

  • April 3, 2015

    Tribes Slam DOI's Assimilation Arg In Timber Land Sale Row

    The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation argued Thursday in Oklahoma federal court that the U.S. government relies on a revisionist history and a misguided assertion that a 1906 law, which the government said mandated it to dispose of the tribes’ unallotted timber lands, was written in the spirit of assimilation.

  • April 3, 2015

    Chumash Casino Expansion Isn't Legal, Neighbors' Suit Claims

    A group of Santa Ynez Valley residents sued the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Friday in California federal court over expansion plans for their Chumash Casino Resort, arguing that the underlying property isn't located on tribal trust lands and that the project must comply with applicable laws.

  • April 3, 2015

    Ariz. Tribal Council Says Gov't Botched $35M Land Trust

    The Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. sued the United States on Thursday, accusing the government of breaching its obligations with regard to a $35 million trust fund that was established during a land swap agreement after a Native American school in Phoenix was shuttered.

  • April 2, 2015

    DOI Almost Triples Size Of Cobell Tribal Education Fund

    The U.S. Department of the Interior said Thursday that it had transferred over $12 million to a scholarship fund for Native American students under the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, almost tripling the size of the fund.

  • April 2, 2015

    Oneida Nation Asks NYS Gaming Commission To Block Casino

    The Oneida Indian Nation urged the New York State Gaming Commission to block the proposed Lago Resort & Casino, saying not only was the developer's application inadequate, but the casino would cause serious harm to the Oneida Nation.

  • April 2, 2015

    Hopi's Tainted Water Not Gov't's Problem, Fed. Circ. Affirms

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday shot down the Hopi Tribe’s bid to force the U.S. government to pay for clean drinking water on its Arizona reservation, ruling that the government doesn’t have a fiduciary duty to safeguard water quality there.

  • April 2, 2015

    New Keno Bill Would Share Revenues With Conn. Tribes

    A bill introduced Thursday in the Connecticut General Assembly would revive efforts to allow keno games to be sold by the state's lottery following agreements with two Native American tribes in the state, just under a year after a similar measure that had been quietly included in an annual budget was repealed.

  • April 2, 2015

    No Immunity Waiver In $23M Unemployment Row, Tribe Says

    The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to grant its bid for summary judgment in a $23 million dispute over reimbursable financing of the tribe's unemployment insurance costs through a state program, arguing a state agency failed to identify an express waiver of the tribe's sovereign immunity.

  • April 2, 2015

    Tribes Spar Over Evidence In Wash. State Fishing Row

    The Upper Skagit Tribe on Wednesday urged a Washington federal judge to grant summary judgment against the Suquamish Tribe in a row over disputed waters off the state’s northern shore, saying that no factual evidence supports the tribe’s fishing claims.

  • April 1, 2015

    Officials Call For Action On Tribal Alcohol and Drug Abuse

    Law enforcement and tribal officials on Tuesday urged renewed focus on tackling the drug and alcohol abuse plaguing some Native American communities, telling Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., at a hearing that better prevention and treatment options would enhance enforcement and prosecution efforts.

  • April 1, 2015

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Tribe's Suit Over Poor Hospital Care

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to resurrect the Quechan Tribe’s lawsuit accusing the Indian Health Service of running an unsanitary and unsafe reservation hospital in Arizona, saying the appropriate level of funding and standard of care at the hospital aren’t questions for the courts.

  • April 1, 2015

    Tribal Casino Subject To US Law In Negligence Suit: Plaintiff

    A man who sued a Mississippi casino after the alleged wrongful death of his mother said Wednesday that its operators, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, can't seek to dismiss the litigation based on lack of jurisdiction, because they agreed to operate the casino under United States law.

  • April 1, 2015

    Tribe Loses Quest For Federal Recognition In DC Court

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday nixed a bid by the Mackinac Tribe for federal recognition, saying the tribe did not exhaust the administrative processes in place for such recognition before filing its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior secretary.

  • April 1, 2015

    Attys Resist Proposal To Shrink Appellate Brief Limits

    Several appellate attorney organizations on Monday blasted a judicial rule-making body's proposals to shorten appellate brief lengths, saying the plans would hurt advocacy efforts in a swath of complex areas including Native American law, antitrust disputes and challenges to federal agency activities.

  • April 1, 2015

    Urban Outfitters Seeks To Nix Navajo Trade Dilution Claims

    Urban Outfitters Inc. said Tuesday that the Navajo Nation can't prove that the "Navajo" mark was "famous and distinctive" before 2001, when it began selling clothing products bearing the name, and urged a New Mexico federal judge to trim trademark dilution claims from the nation's suit.

  • April 1, 2015

    IGRA Doesn't Apply To Unrecognized Ala. Tribe, Judge Rules

    An Alabama federal judge on Monday remanded a forfeiture suit the state launched over illegal gambling devices and proceeds seized from a MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians facility, saying the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act didn't apply to the tribe because it isn't federally recognized.

  • March 31, 2015

    DOI Panel Backs BIA Nixing Lease On Navajo Land

    A U.S. Department of the Interior panel on Monday upheld a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to cancel a businessman’s lease on Navajo Nation trust land in New Mexico, ruling the agency didn’t have to give him more time to pay rent to the nation or otherwise help fix the lease violations that led to the cancellation.

  • March 31, 2015

    Duluth Loses Bid To Make NIGC Revive Casino Revenue Deal

    A D.C. federal judge dismissed Duluth, Minnesota’s case against the National Indian Gaming Commission on Tuesday, saying the commission was within its authority to invalidate a revenue-sharing agreement between the city and a Native American tribe operating a casino there.