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Native American

  • September 21, 2015

    IRS Confirms Per Capita Tribal Trust Payments Not Taxable

    Payments that Native Americans receive from tribal trust accounts will generally not be considered gross income subject to federal taxes, according to a final notice issued by the Internal Revenue Service Friday.

  • September 21, 2015

    Mich. Tribe Loses Bid For 6th Circ. To Rehear NLRB Ruling

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday declined a Michigan tribe’s request for an en banc rehearing of a decision finding the National Labor Relations Board has the authority to block it from enforcing a ban on labor organizing at its casino.

  • September 21, 2015

    Ho-Chunk Nation Votes To Nix Marijuana Ban

    The Ho-Chunk Nation on Saturday signed off on a measure to end a policy making the use and sale of marijuana on tribal land illegal, joining several other Native American tribes in taking aim at the nationally divisive issue.

  • September 21, 2015

    Tribal Contracts Merit Special Consideration, High Court Told

    The National Congress of American Indians has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the D.C. Circuit wrongly disregarded the unique relationship between Native American tribes and the federal government in denying a Wisconsin tribe’s bid to recover contract support costs for tribal health services.

  • September 21, 2015

    Feds, Tribe Say Calif. Water Districts' Defenses Don't Apply

    The U.S. government and a Native American tribe urged a California federal judge Friday to reject arguments from two state water utilities in a battle over who has rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley, saying the agencies’ equitable defenses are not applicable as a matter of law.

  • September 18, 2015

    DOI Panel Finds No Evidence ND Tribe Vote Was Unfair

    A U.S. Department of the Interior board has affirmed a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision rejecting a petition from a Great Plains tribe member challenging an election modifying the Constitution of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes, ruling off-reservation tribe members were not prevented from voting.

  • September 18, 2015

    DC Circ. Says Cobell Class Reps’ Expense Bid Needs 2nd Look

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected a claim for expenses by the lead plaintiff in a landmark $3.4 billion Cobell settlement over the federal government’s mismanagement of Native American trust funds, but remanded the question of whether class representatives could receive reimbursement of third-party expenses.

  • September 18, 2015

    Online Gambling Still A Risky Bet For Casinos, Banks

    A confusing patchwork of state laws and unclear guidance from the federal government continues to make online gaming a dicey prospect for traditional casino operators, and often leaves credit card companies unwilling to process payments even in states where the practice is legal, gaming experts said Friday.

  • September 18, 2015

    Mass. Tribe Says DOI Trust Approval Paves Way For Casino

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday received word from the Bureau of Indian Affairs that its Land in Trust application has been approved, clearing the way for a Wampanoag casino to be built on ancestral lands in Taunton, Massachusetts, the tribe said in a statement.

  • September 18, 2015

    FERC Says Lawmaker's Bid To Stop Dam Sale In Wrong Court

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge to toss a Montana state senator's bid to stop the $18.2 million sale of a hydroelectric dam to two tribes, saying the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • September 18, 2015

    Army Corps Says Snake River Dredging Challenge Is Moot

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urged a Washington federal court Thursday to dismiss a suit from Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe and environmental groups, saying the plaintiffs' challenge to an already-completed sediment dredging action in the lower Snake River is moot and lacks redressable injuries.

  • September 18, 2015

    Calif. Says It Negotiated Tribal Gaming Pact In Good Faith

    The state of California urged a federal judge Thursday to toss the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ bid to force the state to resume talks on the tribe’s casino plans, arguing that California’s duty to negotiate in good faith under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act didn’t extend to a referendum that rejected a proposed compact.

  • September 17, 2015

    Contract Costs Deal Strengthens Obama's Legacy With Natives

    A proposed $940 million deal that would settle Native American tribes' claims over the U.S. Department of the Interior's alleged failure to pay administrative expenses to run federal programs represents another major step by the Obama administration to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to tribes, experts say.

  • September 17, 2015

    DOI Loses Bid To Dismiss Tribal Trust Accounting Row

    A Washington, D.C., federal court on Thursday denied the U.S. Department of the Interior’s bid to dismiss a suit launched by 10 Native American tribes, finding that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute alleging the agency neglected accounting rules for the tribes' trusts.

  • September 17, 2015

    Ariz. Gov., Attorney General Escape $400M Casino Row

    An Arizona federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the state's governor and attorney general from a Tohono O'odham Nation lawsuit accusing them and other officials of trying to illegally block its proposed $400 million casino, saying they are protected by sovereign immunity.

  • September 17, 2015

    Mich. Gov. Says Tribe Has Its Reservation Borders Wrong

    Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday asked a federal court to dismiss a tribe’s lawsuit accusing the state of failing to recognize the boundaries of its reservation, saying that the entire area claimed by the tribe does not belong to it.

  • September 17, 2015

    EPA Questioned Over Accountability For Colo. Mine Spill

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday appeared before Congress in the latest hearing on the Gold King Mine disaster, taking heat over an alleged double-standard on accountability and delayed communication with the Navajo Nation.

  • September 17, 2015

    Judge Opens Door To 10th Circ. Appeal Of NM Frack Permits

    A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by environmentalists and a Navajo tribal group to hold development on drilling permits in the Mancos Shale pending appeal, paving the way for the groups to bring their injunction bid to the Tenth Circuit. 

  • September 17, 2015

    DOJ Reaches $940M Deal With Tribes Over Contract Suits

    The federal government and a group of Native American tribes and tribal entities said Thursday they had reached a proposed $940 million settlement to resolve long-running litigation brought by the tribes over the U.S. Department of the Interior’s alleged failure to fully cover the administrative expenses tribes incur providing education, public safety and other services under the Indian Self-Determination Act.

  • September 16, 2015

    NY Tribe Members Say They Have Right To Defend Bingo Hall

    Representatives of the Cayuga Nation in upstate New York pushed back Tuesday against a local village’s opposition to their bingo hall, telling the Second Circuit the village and a district court are wrong in saying the representatives lack standing to sue on behalf of the tribe.