Native American

  • March 10, 2015

    Alaska Health Org Sues HHS Over Contract With More Funding

    An American Indian health organization in Alaska asked a D.C. federal judge on Monday to force the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to accept its contract with nearly $500,000 in additional funding for expanded operations.

  • March 10, 2015

    Kansas Claims NIGC Wrongly Allowed Casino On Tribal Land

    The state of Kansas hit the National Indian Gaming Commission with a complaint Monday in Kansas federal court, alleging the agency wrongly allowed an Oklahoma tribe to use trust land for a casino under an exception to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act after the tribe said it wouldn’t use the land for gaming.

  • March 10, 2015

    Wis. Tribe Immune To Casino Injury Claim, State Court Says

    A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday tossed a suit against the Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino, an arm of the Lac du Flambeau Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, over an injury sustained by an employee, ruling the tribe did not waive its sovereign immunity from a suit in state court.

  • March 9, 2015

    Tribe's Whaling Bid Advances With NOAA Enviro Review

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday issued a report that could pave the way for Washington state’s Makah Tribe to resume treaty-based hunting in the Pacific of formerly endangered gray whales.

  • March 9, 2015

    Texas Tribe Is Operating Illegal Sweepstakes, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge found the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe in contempt of court on Friday for illegally running a tribal sweepstakes on its reservation without the court’s approval, and ordered the tribe either to shut down the operation or submit a detailed plan for an acceptable sweepstakes.

  • March 9, 2015

    Fla. Tribe Accused Of Delaying Tactics Over Sanctions

    Former outside counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians asked a Florida federal judge Monday to reject the tribe’s request to reconsider her $1 million sanctions ruling in a failed embezzlement case, arguing the tribe and its general counsel sought to delay the appeal to prevent the Eleventh Circuit from hearing the dispute at the same time as the appeal of the complaint.

  • March 9, 2015

    Tribe's Suit Over IHS Hospital Contract Gets Trimmed

    An Arizona federal judge on Friday rejected part of an American Indian tribe’s suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Indian Health Services agency for allegedly failing to properly fund a tribal hospital, but the court ruled the community may qualify for reimbursement.

  • March 9, 2015

    High Court Denies Tribal Cigarette Co.’s Tobacco Fund Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined an appeal by the Yakama Indian Nation and a cigarette manufacturer owned by tribe members over a Washington state law requiring the company to make payments to offset smoking-related health care costs.

  • March 9, 2015

    ACLU To Redskins: 'You're Not Wrong, You're Just An A**hole'

    The American Civil Liberties Union last week threw its weight behind Washington Redskins' constitutional right to trademark registrations on a team name that the group said is “offensive and perpetuates racism,” telling the team: "You're not wrong, you're just an a**hole."

  • March 6, 2015

    Missouri AG Knocks Out Predatory Lenders On Reservation

    The office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Thursday that it has cracked down on eight unlicensed payday loan businesses and negotiated an agreement with the predatory loan operators, which were based on an Indian reservation, to provide $270,000 in reimbursement for consumers.

  • March 6, 2015

    Calif. Tribe Slams US Bid For Casino Development Discovery

    The Quechan Indian Tribe asked a California federal court on Friday to reject the federal government's motion to reopen discovery over allegations a U.S. Department of Energy construction project damaged its cultural sites, arguing that the tribe’s casino development was irrelevant to the damages it is owed.

  • March 6, 2015

    Wash. House Paves Way For Tribal-State Marijuana Pacts

    Washington state's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow federally recognized Indian tribes to sell and distribute marijuana under agreements with the state.

  • March 6, 2015

    Okla. Tribes Say US Lacked Right To Sell Timber Lands

    The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation on Thursday asked an Oklahoma federal judge to rule that the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal agencies violated federal law by selling timber lands they held in trust for the tribes.

  • March 5, 2015

    Wis. Chippewa Head Declares Mining Project Opposition

    A Wisconsin Chippewa leader championed resistance by state tribes against iron ore mining in the state on Thursday in an address to the state Legislature.

  • March 5, 2015

    Sioux Band Descendants' Minn. Land Claim Tossed

    A Minnesota federal court dismissed claims on Thursday brought against three communities by a group of descendants of the Mdewakanton band of Indians who defended white settlers during the 1862 Sioux Uprising, rejecting their bid for land reserved for them after the uprising and trespass damages.

  • March 5, 2015

    Mohegan Sun Fires Up Plans For $120M Hotel In Conn.

    The Mohegan Sun detailed plans on Thursday for a new, $120 million hotel expected to open in fall 2016 at the casino resort in Connecticut.

  • March 5, 2015

    Indian Irrigation Projects Need Funding, Senate Panel Hears

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said Wednesday that his proposed bill to fund irrigation rehabilitation on Indian lands is needed to address a decadeslong backlog of deferred maintenance on the projects.

  • March 4, 2015

    RI High Court Upholds Casino Law Over Tribe's Challenge

    The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling rejecting the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s allegation that the state’s Casino Act was facially unconstitutional in the Tribe’s suit against the state of Rhode Island after lottery machines that were profitable for the Tribe were removed from a casino.

  • March 4, 2015

    Wis. Village Demands Oneida Land, Railway Docs From DOI

    A Wisconsin village hit the U.S. Department of the Interior with a Freedom of Information Act complaint this week alleging the department failed to provide land and title records for Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin trust land and documents related to a railway company’s right of way across the tribe’s reservation.

  • March 4, 2015

    DOI Ignored Enviro Impact In OK'ing Navajo Mine Expansion

    A Colorado federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of the Interior must review its approval of a Navajo Nation-owned company's permit to expand a coal mine, saying the agency failed to adequately consider the environmental impact of the proposed project's coal combustion.