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Native American

  • January 13, 2016

    Calif. Actuary Settles Tribal Embezzlement Suit

    A California actuary named in a massive racketeering suit involving the gambling operations of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians has settled the tribe’s allegations on undisclosed terms, according to a Wednesday filing in California federal court.

  • January 13, 2016

    Nevada Power Says Tribe, Enviros Aren't Owed Atty Fees

    Nevada Power Co. urged a federal judge Tuesday to deny a bid for over $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and costs following a settlement over alleged toxic waste from the company’s power plant, saying a tribe and environmental group can’t be considered prevailing parties entitled to such an award.

  • January 13, 2016

    Calif., Tribe Ordered To Explain Lack Of Gaming Compact

    A California federal judge ordered the state and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians on Wednesday to explain why he shouldn't require them to go into mediation over a new gaming compact, saying the parties hadn't shown they'd reached a compact after the judge determined the state must renegotiate the deal.

  • January 13, 2016

    DOJ Moves To Help Curb Violence On Minn. Reservation

    The U.S. Department of Justice will expand its jurisdiction over the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s reservation in an effort to curb gang-related violence plaguing tribal lands in central Minnesota, the department announced Tuesday.

  • January 13, 2016

    Mont. Justices Got Tribal Water Deal Wrong, Objectors Say

    A group of individuals challenging an agreement between the Crow Tribe and the Montana and federal governments to distribute and manage water rights urged the Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday to rehear their bid to overturn a lower court’s approval of the deal, saying the high court’s ruling was flawed.

  • January 13, 2016

    Utah Tribe Wants State, Counties Sanctioned In Land Row

    A Utah tribe battling state prosecutions of individual tribal members within disputed reservation boundaries told a federal district court Tuesday that the state, local counties and their counsel should be sanctioned for allegedly violating Tenth Circuit rulings that established the reservation boundaries.

  • January 12, 2016

    Alaska Troopers Must Evict Ex-Tribal Leaders, Judge Says

    An Alaska federal judge Tuesday ordered the Alaska State Troopers to enforce an order that requires the former council members of the Native American village of Newtok to surrender administrative records, computers and other equipment to the town’s federally recognized leaders.

  • January 12, 2016

    Texas Says DOI Letter Doesn’t Justify Lifting Gaming Ban

    The state of Texas on Tuesday opposed a tribe’s request to lift a court-ordered block on gambling, saying the tribe is mistakenly relying on an opinion letter from the deputy solicitor within the U.S. Department of the Interior that conflicts with the DOI’s adopted position on which federal laws apply to the tribe’s gambling activities.

  • January 12, 2016

    End Navajo Coal Case For Right Reason, Enviros Tell 10th Circ.

    Environmental groups that sued the government for letting a Navajo coal mining operation expand production told the Tenth Circuit on Monday that the case can’t be moot because it was never appealable in the first place.

  • January 12, 2016

    Seminoles Gain Legal, Political Edge In Gaming Compact Row

    A Florida federal judge’s recent decision not to toss a lawsuit against the state by the Seminole Tribe over its exclusive right to offer banked card games gives the tribe a leg up in its bid to keep profiting from the games, as a battle in the state Legislature over a broader, $3 billion proposed gaming deal could drag on.

  • January 12, 2016

    Mining Co. Says Tribes' Costs Didn't Advance River Cleanup

    A Canadian mining company blasted a confederated tribal nation’s bid to recover $8.25 million incurred while responding to the company’s dumping of toxic metals into the Columbia River, saying in a post-trial brief Monday that the tribes did not prove they had materially advanced cleanup efforts in the river.

  • January 12, 2016

    Tribe, Feds Squabble Over Columbia River Cleanup Recs

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a Washington tribe each took issue Monday with a magistrate judge’s recommendation that the government compensate the tribe for response costs associated with a Superfund site on the Columbia River but also avoid responsibility for future costs.

  • January 11, 2016

    Wash. Lawmaker Wants Nontribal Gas-Buyers To Pay Tax

    A Washington state lawmaker put up a bill Friday purportedly aimed at curbing fraud by taxing vehicle fuel that nontribal members buy from in-state tribal businesses not covered by a state-tribal fuel tax agreement.

  • January 11, 2016

    Tribe Urges DC Circ. To Force FERC Action In Dam Dispute

    A California tribe that says an Oregon-based electric utility is operating hydroelectric dams under an expired license urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to order the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to proceed with the relicensing process after years of alleged delays.

  • January 11, 2016

    Homeowners Say Tribe Member Hid Adverse Lease Finding

    A group of homeowners accused a Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California member Friday in Nevada federal court of fraudulently concealing the fact that a lease for the development of his trust land parcel ran counter to federal law in an effort to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from them.

  • January 11, 2016

    Energy Co. Can't Bring Tribal Pipeline Claim, Okla. Judge Told

    Tribal landowners urged an Oklahoma federal judge on Friday to dismiss a counterclaim by Enable Midstream Partners LP in a dispute over its continued use of a gas pipeline on land held in trust for the landowners by the federal government, arguing that an Oklahoma tribe is a necessary party to the counterclaim but can't be joined due to its sovereign immunity.

  • January 11, 2016

    Ute Man’s Civil Rights Beef Is With Feds, Utah County Says

    County officials in Utah asked a federal judge Monday to turn down a Native American man’s claim that a traffic stop and arrest violated an 1868 treaty, saying the Ute tribe’s treaty makes the federal government responsible for alleged treaty violations and doesn’t give individual tribe members the power to sue.

  • January 11, 2016

    Tribal Payday Lending Settlement Rejected By Judge

    A South Dakota federal judge on Friday rejected a proposed $7 million settlement in a suit against several tribal payday lenders over accusations of false advertising and charging exorbitant interest rates on the grounds that the proposed class didn’t meet representation requirements.

  • January 8, 2016

    Ironworks Still Denied Coverage For Tribes' Enviro Claims

    An Oregon federal judge shot down a request for reconsideration by a group of ironworks companies who say their insurance with an AIG Inc. unit should cover environmental cleanup claims by five Native American tribes, reiterating his holding on Thursday that the claims were brought on behalf of the U.S. government.

  • January 8, 2016

    Ariz. Tribe Can't Dodge Fraud Claims, Gaming Official Says

    Arizona's gambling director urged a federal court Friday to keep his counterclaims that the Tohono O’odham Nation committed fraud by allegedly hiding plans to open a $400 million Phoenix-area casino, saying the tribe opened itself up to the claims by suing over the state’s decision not to approve the project.