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Native American

  • August 6, 2015

    Teck Asks 9th Circ. To Cut Air Pollution From Tribe’s Suit

    Canadian mining company Teck Resources Ltd. has asked the Ninth Circuit to rule that a Washington tribal association can’t bring allegations related to airborne pollutants the association claims settled downwind in the Columbia River, saying the claims are blocked by a decision the appellate court made last year.

  • August 6, 2015

    Tribal Leader Asks Calif. Not To Reopen Chukchansi Casino

    The acting chairwoman of a group claiming to be the legitimate leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians asked the California attorney general on Thursday to forgo reopening the tribe's casino until a tribal power struggle has been settled.

  • August 6, 2015

    Tribal Group Looks To Limit Potential Dollar General Fallout

    Leaders of the Tribal Supreme Court Project — a collaboration of the Native American Rights Fund and the National Congress of American Indians — tell Law360 they plan to draw on a 14-year history of Native American advocacy to help win a major case concerning tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indians during the Supreme Court's October term, or at least limit the damage of a potential loss.

  • August 6, 2015

    BP Joins Exxon, Others In Vowing Wash. Superfund Cleanup

    ExxonMobil Oil Corp., BP Products North America Inc. and over 50 other businesses will work together to clean up a Washington state superfund site as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and a pair of Native American tribes over hazardous waste dumping in a Tacoma-area bay, the federal government announced Thursday.

  • August 6, 2015

    SD Tribe Spurns Money From Wash. Redskins Foundation

    A Native American tribe in South Dakota on Wednesday voted to reject a $25,000 check from a foundation created by the Washington Redskins, along with any other money from the team or the foundation.

  • August 6, 2015

    Ala. Assessor Blames Interior For Tribe's Untaxable Casino

    An Alabama county tax collector facing a suit from the state’s only federally recognized Native American tribe over his attempt to tax its casino roped the federal government into the suit with counterclaims he filed Tuesday, saying the land should never have been taken into trust.

  • August 5, 2015

    Tribe, Agencies Fight Over Stay In Coachella Valley Water Row

    The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and two water agencies traded blows in California federal court Tuesday, with the agencies calling for a stay pending the Ninth Circuit’s consideration of a water rights ruling and the tribe arguing it’s likely to win that appeal.

  • August 5, 2015

    Idaho Supreme Court Will Allow Amicus To Speak

    The Idaho Supreme Court rejected the Coeur d’Alene tribe’s request Wednesday that judges reconsider their decision allowing a racetrack operator to speak as an amicus during oral arguments in the tribe’s bid to force certification of a bill banning a form of video horse racing.

  • August 5, 2015

    Religion Doesn’t Trump Prison Hair Rule, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Wednesday to revive a challenge to the Alabama Department of Corrections' prisoner hair-length policy brought by two Native Americans who claimed that cutting their hair violated their religious beliefs.

  • August 5, 2015

    Gaming Co. Wants ‘Exit Strategy’ Email On $125M Deal Barred

    A Chickasaw Nation-backed gaming company asked a Louisiana federal judge Monday to bar evidence regarding its supposed “exit strategy” from its failed $125 million asset purchase from the owner of two DiamondJacks casinos, while the casinos’ owner sought to bar evidence of its own financials before and after the soured deal.

  • August 5, 2015

    Kilpatrick Townsend Wants $12M Post-Accord Fees For Cobell

    Attorneys at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP who represented the Native American plaintiffs in a landmark class action over management of resources on tribal lands, which culminated in a $3.4 billion government settlement, asked a D.C. federal court Wednesday to award them $12 million in post-settlement fees.

  • August 5, 2015

    Interior Approves Minn. Tribe's Probate Code

    The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has won approval of a probate code designed to promote development by streamlining how tribal lands are passed down between generations, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday.

  • August 5, 2015

    Tribal Payday Lender Conspired With Backers, Suit Claims

    Two Vermont women who claim in a proposed class action that they were ensnared in a usurious payday loan scheme run by a Native American-owned lender are now accusing the lender's backers of conspiring with the tribal lender to defraud thousands, according to a Tuesday amended complaint.

  • August 4, 2015

    Washington Redskins Appeal TM Case To 4th Circ.

    The Washington Redskins on Tuesday formally launched its appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month that the team's name is too offensive to Native Americans to be registered as a trademark.

  • August 4, 2015

    ABA Urges Stronger Role For Tribes In Protecting Children

    The American Bar Association on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging the Obama administration, Congress and state and tribal governments to implement measures to strengthen Native American tribes’ authority over violent crimes against children.

  • August 4, 2015

    Calif. Justices Told To Leave Tribal Immunity Ruling Published

    A state appellate decision finding that members of a tribal gaming commission aren’t immune from allegations they improperly fired a former table games dealer who acted as an informant in criminal investigations should remain published, the former dealer has told the California Supreme Court, arguing that the decision follows precedent.

  • August 4, 2015

    Kansas Says Tribal Officials Can't Dodge Casino Land Suit

    The state of Kansas and one of its counties urged a federal judge on Tuesday to reject a bid by the Quapaw Tribe’s gaming authority and two officials to dismiss claims against them in a row over the construction of a casino, saying sovereign immunity doesn't protect tribal officers from the suit.

  • August 4, 2015

    Tribe Must Pay Appeal Bond In Land Dispute, 8th Circ. Told

    The Lower Sioux Indian Community, local municipalities and 75 private landowners embroiled in a land dispute with descendants of the Mdewakanton band in Minnesota urged the Eighth Circuit on Monday to either dismiss an appeal from the band or impose a deadline for them to pay a $200,000 appeal bond for repeatedly filing claims that a district court had labeled “frivolous.”

  • August 4, 2015

    Conn. Illegally Boosting 3rd Tribal Casino, MGM Says

    MGM Resorts International challenged a Connecticut law Tuesday that paves the way for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to open a third casino in the state, saying the law unconstitutionally stifles competition.

  • August 4, 2015

    Feds Want In On Wash. Tribes' Tax Row With State, County

    The federal government sought to intervene and file its own complaint in Washington federal court Tuesday in a suit brought by the Tulalip Tribes accusing state and county authorities of unlawfully collecting tens of millions in taxes on tribal business enterprises, saying the agencies are taking money the tribes need to run their government.