Native American

  • July 30, 2009

    $1M Verdict Against Tribe's Insurance Broker Upheld

    A Connecticut appeals court has affirmed a jury verdict awarding the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians close to $1 million in a dispute with its longtime insurance broker, who was found to have doctored the tribe's group life insurance policies and allowed a health policy covering hundreds of its employees to lapse.

  • July 28, 2009

    US Must Account For Tribal Land Oil Funds: DC Circ.

    A federal appeals court has handed a partial victory to plaintiffs in a 13-year-old class action filed by American Indians against the U.S. government for allegedly mishandling trust funds holding oil, gas and other proceeds from tribal lands, ruling that the government must make a more thorough accounting of the funds.

  • July 23, 2009

    Okla. Damages Claims Tossed In $600M Poultry Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed Oklahoma's damages claims against Tyson Foods Inc. in a more than half-billion dollar suit over pollution in the Illinois River watershed, saying the state's failure to join an American Indian nation in the action is unfair.

  • July 20, 2009

    9th Circ. Says Tribe's Casino OK Under NEPA

    The National Indian Gaming Commission did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with the construction of a Washington casino owned by the Nooksack American Indian tribe, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • July 17, 2009

    Q&A With McKenna Long's Richard Hankins

    It is astonishing how little most people know about the U.S.’ treatment of Native Americans. It’s even more astonishing how this ignorance continues to cause courts and governmental agencies to disregard their rights so cavalierly, says Richard B. Hankins, leader of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's labor and employment group.

  • July 14, 2009

    Bankruptcy Judge OKs CDX Affiliate's Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge has signed off on CDX Rio LLC's first amended Chapter 11 reorganization plan, which includes an amendment settling the U.S. government's recent objections that Rio's asset sales ran afoul of rules governing the transfer of oil and gas leases on tribal land.

  • July 9, 2009

    Judge OKs Bankrupt Gas Co.'s $29M Asset Sale

    A bankruptcy judge has approved a $29.3 million sale of assets of bankrupt Houston-based natural gas exploration company CDX Gas LLC to EnerVest Energy Institutional Fund LP.

  • June 23, 2009

    Indian Tribes Not 'Persons' Under CERCLA: Judge

    A judge has dismissed Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.'s liability counterclaims against a group of American Indian tribes in northern Washington that alleges the Canadian mine company contaminated a local lake, ruling that the tribes do not count as "persons" under the federal law regulating the Superfund program.

  • May 28, 2009

    CDX Gas Ch. 11 Plan On Track For Confirmation

    A bankruptcy judge has approved an amended disclosure statement and set a hearing date for the confirmation of a reorganization plan for CDX Gas LLC, whose earlier proposal faced objections from several parties over the way environmental obligations would be handled.

  • May 27, 2009

    DOI, Mining Co. Settle Over Past Damage At Ariz. Site

    A Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. unit has agreed to pay $825,000 to settle claims by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Tohono O'Odham Indian nation that the company released hazardous substances at a copper oxide mining site in Arizona, though the company may still face future claims related to natural resources damage at the site.

  • May 26, 2009

    BP, Indian Tribe Object To CDX Disclosure Statement

    CDX Gas LLC is facing objections from BP America Production Co., the Jicarilla Apache Nation and a Colorado county, which claim the bankrupt natural gas company's disclosure statement does not explain how it will handle certain environmental obligations and a potential challenge to its proposed sale.

  • May 22, 2009

    Wash., Tribes, Feds Settle Suit With Oil Waste Co.

    A slew of plaintiffs including Washington state and two Indian tribes have asked a judge to approve a deal settling charges that the operator of an oil waste reclamation facility polluted a bay that the U.S. has spent $2.9 million analyzing for environmental damage.

  • May 18, 2009

    Redskins Win Appeal Over Allegedly Disparaging Marks

    A federal appeals court panel has upheld a ruling that will allow the Washington Redskins professional football team to continue using six trademarks that allegedly disparage American Indians.

  • April 21, 2009

    FLSA Overtime Rules Apply On Tribal Land: 9th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has ruled that wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act apply on Indian tribal lands despite their limited sovereignty and that the U.S. Department of Labor has the right to audit the books of tribal-owned businesses.

  • March 25, 2009

    Army Corps Says Omnibus Act OKs Everglades Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved to dismiss a suit brought by an American Indian tribe over a proposed highway bridge in the Everglades, citing a section of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 that instructs the corps to commence construction immediately.

  • February 25, 2009

    CERCLA Doesn't Trump Tribe's Damages Claim: Court

    In the long-running suit brought by the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma against a group of mining companies over alleged contamination of tribal land, a federal court has ruled that the tribe's state law claims for natural resources damages are not preempted by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liablity Act.

  • February 23, 2009

    High Court Hears Arguments In Navajo Royalties Case

    In a case that has bounced up to the U.S. Supreme Court for a second time, a lawyer for the Navajo Nation argued Monday that the federal government breached its trust duties by helping to negotiate a coal royalty agreement with Peabody Energy Corp. that allegedly shortchanged the tribe by $600 million.

  • February 20, 2009

    DOI To Hire 'Stimulus Czar' To Dole Out $3B

    The U.S. Department of the Interior will hire a “stimulus czar” to oversee the distribution of $3 billion in economic stimulus money, which is mostly funding renewable energy, job creation and the restoration of national landscapes.

  • January 12, 2009

    Utility To Pay $12.6M To End Hydroelectric Dam Saga

    The Skokomish Tribal Nation, Tacoma Power and a bevy of Washington state and federal agencies have resolved a decades-long dispute over licenses for a hydroelectric power project with a series of settlements that resolve the tribe's $5.8 billion claim over environmental damage caused by the 1924 construction of the dam.

  • December 10, 2008

    Federal Staff Sue DOI For Control Of Bison Refuge

    An alliance of federal employees and former high-placed U.S. Department of the Interior officials has lowered its horns, filing suit to revoke an agency decision that transferred control of a historic bison refuge in Montana to an American Indian tribe.