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Native American

  • May 4, 2015

    Wash. Tribe Pushes To Resume Fishing In Disputed Waters

    The Lummi Nation on Friday urged a Washington federal judge to allow it to resume fishing near Seattle in waters claimed by a trio of neighboring tribes, arguing the disputed area lies within its “usual and accustomed” fishing grounds.

  • May 4, 2015

    Enviros, Tribe Question $5B Pipeline Before FERC

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being asked to think hard before approving a $5 billion pipeline set to be built along the nation's East Coast, with a conservation group and a Native American tribe expressing concerns about the environmental and ancestral impacts of building the pipeline.

  • May 4, 2015

    Okla. Court Decries BIA Guidelines In Child Custody Hearings

    An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday chided the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs for its guidelines on Native American child custody proceedings, concluding it suggests a "one-size-fits-all approach" that doesn't reflect what Congress intended in passing the Indian Child Welfare Act.

  • May 4, 2015

    Wash. Tribes Ask 9th Circ. To Rehear Gaming Compact Row

    The Tulalip Tribes of Washington urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to rehear en banc the tribes’ bid to require the state to adopt their proposed gaming compact amendment, arguing they were allowed to tailor the amendment to their benefit under the compact's “most-favored tribe” clause.

  • May 4, 2015

    Petronas JV Offers $1B To First Nations Tribe For Land Use

    Malaysian state oil company Petronas and its joint venture partners in an $11 billion liquefied natural gas and export facility have offered a Canadian First Nations tribe over $1 billion in a potentially landmark land-and-natural-resource use agreement, the tribe said Friday.

  • May 4, 2015

    SD County Can't Shake Tribe's Voter Discrimination Suit

    A South Dakota county must face a suit aiming to force it to open a satellite voter registration office on the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s reservation, as tribe members have provided a factual basis for claims that the county violated the Voting Rights Act, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • May 4, 2015

    Tribe Cites Sovereignty In NLRB Row Over Ex-Casino Worker

    The Pueblo of Isleta sued on Friday to head off a National Labor Relations Board trial over unfair labor practice charges, telling a New Mexico federal court that an action involving a fired Isleta Resort & Casino employee violates the tribe’s rights of self-government and sovereign authority.

  • May 4, 2015

    US To Pay $13.2M To Evaluate 16 Mines On Navajo Land

    The U.S. government will pay $13.2 million to evaluate 16 abandoned uranium mines located in Navajo Nation lands as part of a cleanup settlement agreement, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • May 1, 2015

    Seminoles Seek Card Game Talks With Fla. Gov., Lawmakers

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida again asked the state’s governor and legislative leaders on Friday to negotiate an agreement to allow the tribe to continue to offer blackjack and other banked card games in the state.

  • May 1, 2015

    Idaho Gov. Missed Deadline On Instant Racing Bill: Tribe

    A lobbyist representing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Thursday asked that the Idaho secretary of state certify as law a bill to repeal instant horse racing, saying the governor waited too long after vetoing the bill to deliver it back to the state Senate.

  • May 1, 2015

    Wyo. City's Fears Of Tribal Jurisdiction Misplaced, Profs Say

    A group of eight professors of Native American law filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit on Thursday supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of the boundaries of a Wyoming reservation, saying local fears of tribal jurisdiction under the ruling aren't warranted.

  • May 1, 2015

    Tribal Leader Decries NIGC Inaction In Online Bingo Row

    The chairman of a tribal gaming commission being sued by the state of California for allegedly breaching its state gaming compact by hosting an online bingo site criticized the National Indian Gaming Commission Thursday for not responding to his numerous requests for guidance on the matter.

  • May 1, 2015

    Insurers' Benefit Feud Should Stay In Tribal Court, Judge Says

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Thursday tossed Life Insurance Co. of North America’s suit seeking to derail another insurer’s bid for reimbursement of benefits paid out under a tribal casino employee’s life insurance policy, ruling that the insurers must first duke it out in tribal court.

  • May 1, 2015

    Tribe's Suit Over Control Fight Lacks Evidence, Court Told

    A man accused by the California Valley Miwok Tribe of manipulating its former chairman in the hopes of wresting away tribal control and securing funding for a casino has asked a federal judge to toss the suit, saying the tribe's allegations aren't backed by sufficient facts.

  • May 1, 2015

    BIA Must Recompute In Navajo-Hopi Land Use Pay Dispute

    A U.S. Department of the Interior panel on Wednesday vacated portions of a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision determining compensation owed by the Navajo Nation to the Hopi Tribe for the use of certain lands, ruling a BIA official had made calculation errors and failed to justify aspects of the decision.

  • May 1, 2015

    DOI Report Backs Navajo Mine Expansion Plan

    A U.S. Department of the Interior agency has determined that not signing off on a Navajo Nation-owned company's coal mine expansion plans would create major adverse economic impacts on the local economy, according to a final environmental report released Friday.

  • May 1, 2015

    HEARTH Act Worth The Hassle For Native American Tribes

    With a spate of hurdles to getting a leasing code approved by federal regulators, most Native American communities have been put off from taking advantage of the 2012 HEARTH Act, but experts say in-house and outside counsel should consider the benefits of propelling tribes to this new stage of self-governance, including attracting new development deals.

  • April 30, 2015

    NIGC Urges 8th Circ. To Uphold Gaming Co.’s $5M Fine

    The National Indian Gaming Commission has urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a $5 million fine levied on South Dakota-based gaming company Bettor Racing, Inc. over its allegedly unlawful operation of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s Royal River Casino.

  • April 30, 2015

    Tribes, Business Groups Urge Congress To Rein In NLRB

    A coalition of Native American and business groups expressed support Wednesday for legislation that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from acting in tribal employment matters, joining a chorus of tribal leaders who have called on lawmakers to adopt the bill.

  • April 30, 2015

    Cherokees Seek Share Of $2.4B Actos Deal On Behalf Of Tribes

    The Cherokee Nation hit Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. with a proposed class action in Louisiana federal court Thursday, saying the company can’t distribute a $2.4 billion settlement over alleged health risks associated with the diabetes drug Actos until it determines how much to pay tribes for covering members’ health care costs.