Native American

  • November 13, 2015

    Ex-Tribal Leaders Fight To Save Suit Over Dug-Up Graves

    Two former leaders of a half-blood Native American community have urged a California federal court to save a lawsuit over the alleged disinterment and dumping of their families’ remains to build a proposed $360 million casino, rejecting claims that they failed to properly serve community officials.

  • November 13, 2015

    Novel Gaming Tech Stokes Tribal, State Competition

    Controversial new gaming technology has blurred the lines between the different classes of gambling activities Native American tribes can offer, putting tribes at odds with states that are also seeking to profit from the latest innovations, experts say.

  • November 12, 2015

    Dickinson Wright Dodges Developers’ Casino Malpractice Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed developers’ malpractice suit that accused Dickinson Wright PLLC of mishandling an Indian gaming casino project, ruling the complaint failed to state a claim because a court allowed the developers to build the casino.

  • November 12, 2015

    Utah County Says Tribe Is Blocking Discovery In Land Row

    A Utah county urged a federal district judge Thursday not to grant immediate victory to a tribe seeking to block prosecutions of tribal members on various state charges on disputed territory, saying the tribe has refused to cooperate in the county's attempts to examine the tribe's claims.

  • November 12, 2015

    Tribe's Ex-GC Draws Fire In Lewis Tein Fee Fight

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida’s ex-general counsel drew accusations of bad faith tactics Thursday from Lewis Tein PL as his insistence on testifying against its claims for sanction-based fees against him following the tribe’s failed malpractice suit pushed a two-hour hearing to multiple days.

  • November 12, 2015

    Pipeline Co. Wants Perpetual Right-Of-Way On Trust Land

    An Oklahoma pipeline company asked a federal court on Wednesday to green-light eminent domain proceedings on a small parcel of Native American trust land for a perpetual right-of-way to operate its underground natural gas pipeline, saying in a complaint that it's been unable to obtain the necessary consent.

  • November 12, 2015

    Tribe Says DOI Usurping Congress By Failing To Recognize It

    A Michigan tribe on Thursday hit back at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s efforts to nix its suit for federal recognition, saying on appeal that the agency’s arguments to make its rules the exclusive process for recognizing tribes usurps Congress’ absolute authority over Native American affairs.

  • November 12, 2015

    Navajos Say Urban Outfitters Improperly Withholding Docs

    The Navajo Nation has asked the New Mexico federal judge overseeing its trademark infringement suit against Urban Outfitters to order the retailer to turn over documents it's allegedly been improperly withholding under a privilege claim, and to sanction the company for being uncooperative.

  • November 10, 2015

    Failed Oil Train Rule Challenges Steam Toward DC Circ.

    Federal regulators' rejection of administrative appeals from railroad and industry groups and Native American tribes challenging a final rule for high-hazard flammable trains has left railroads carrying the biggest burden to comply with the new standards, setting the stage for potentially more litigation in Washington, experts say.

  • November 10, 2015

    Calif. Tribe Sues DOI Officials For Formal Recognition

    A California tribe sued officials within the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday, accusing them of failing to include it in the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ list of federally recognized tribes and thereby depriving it of $1.6 million in per capita distributions.

  • November 10, 2015

    FMC Denied Discovery On Bias Claims Against Tribal Judges

    An Idaho federal judge on Monday rejected a bid by chemical maker FMC Corp. for discovery on claims that a tribal court denied the company due process in awarding $20.5 million to the tribe for alleged permit violations at a hazardous waste site on reservation land, saying the company missed its chance for discovery in the tribal court.

  • November 10, 2015

    Texas Tribe Says Gaming Bar Should Be Lifted With Feds' OK

    A Texas tribe on Monday urged a Texas federal court to lift a longstanding injunction against its gaming activities, saying that recent federal agency decisions affirmed that the tribe can conduct gaming on its lands and that the federal government is in charge of regulating those operations.

  • November 10, 2015

    Utah Counties Say Ute Tribe Blocking Discovery In Land Row

    Two Utah counties alleged on Monday that the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation has stonewalled their discovery efforts in a row over reservation boundaries and prosecutions of tribal members, urging a Utah federal judge to defer consideration of the tribe’s bid for partial summary judgment.

  • November 10, 2015

    Navajo Co. Asks 10th Circ. To Nix Mine Permit Ruling

    An energy company owned by the Navajo Nation told the Tenth Circuit Monday to nix a Colorado federal court ruling that effectively stopped production in part of a coal mine that the tribe says provides thousands of jobs, saying coal combustion impacts will not hurt endangered species.

  • November 10, 2015

    Hawaii, Feds Fight Back Against Bid To Foil Native Election

    The state of Hawaii, a Native Hawaiian foundation and the federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to reject claims that an ongoing election to potentially help establish a Native Hawaiian government is racially biased, with the federal government arguing that the foundation can legally exclude non-Natives from the election.

  • November 10, 2015

    Borrower Sues Tribal Lender Over Predatory Interest Rates

    Tribal payday lender Western Sky Financial and its collections company were hit Monday with a proposed class action in Kentucky federal court for allegedly charging borrowers illegally high interest rates, the latest in a series of lawsuits the companies are facing over their business practices.

  • November 10, 2015

    Calif. Tribal Council Says Casino Job Fair Was Harmless

    The new governing council of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians told a California federal court Monday that even if it violated a court order by holding a job fair to prepare for reopening its casino, which the court shuttered after a violent takeover attempt, the infraction was harmless.

  • November 10, 2015

    Tribe, Calif. Urge 9th Circ. To Rehear Casino Compact Row

    The state of California and the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians have both asked the full Ninth Circuit to rehear their gaming compact dispute after a split panel for the appeals court decided that the state owed the tribe $36.2 million for misrepresenting certain terms in the agreement.

  • November 9, 2015

    SD AG To Talk With Tribe After It Burns Marijuana Crop

    The South Dakota Attorney General and Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal leaders will meet Tuesday to discuss public safety issues after the tribe reportedly burned its marijuana crop and put off plans to open a recreational and medical marijuana facility on its reservation.

  • November 9, 2015

    Tribal Health Plan Lacks Immunity In ERISA Row, Judge Says

    A Native American health care benefits administrator must face a lawsuit from a former casino employee who claims she was wrongfully denied coverage under the plan, after a Kansas federal court found that Congress explicitly waived sovereign immunity for such tribal employee plans.