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Native American

  • July 8, 2015

    Redskins Ruling Is Just The Start For Free Speech Debate

    The decision Wednesday against the Washington Redskins is just the beginning of the legal wrangling over whether the Lanham Act's ban on offensive trademarks violates the First Amendment, a question that could eventually find its way to the Supreme Court.

  • July 8, 2015

    House Blocks Moves To Restore EPA Funding In Spending Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected several amendments intended to restore funding for contentious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Interior environmental rules, as it moved toward ending debate on a $30.2 billion bill to fund the DOI and EPA for 2016.

  • July 8, 2015

    Judge Puts BIA's Osage Nation Mining Rule On Hold

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Tuesday enjoined a Bureau of Indian Affairs final rule governing oil and gas mining on the Osage Nation's reservation, postponing a hearing and the rule's effective date upon both sides' request.

  • July 8, 2015

    Sens. Float Native American Crime Victim Services Bill

    The chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs introduced a bill on Tuesday amending the Crime Victims Fund to support the creation of a program to provide services and assistance to Native American crime victims.

  • July 8, 2015

    Wash. S'Klallam Tribe To Open 94-Room Hotel Next To Casino

    The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is planning to add a boutique hotel to its casino on the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, the tribe said in a statement this week.

  • July 8, 2015

    9th Circ. Tweaks But Won't Rehear Big Lagoon Casino Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday amended its opinion affirming a lower court's judgment for the Big Lagoon Rancheria tribe in its long-running dispute with California over a proposed casino, but refused the state an en banc rehearing.

  • July 8, 2015

    Senate Passes Bill To Streamline Tribal Self-Governance

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill meant to streamline the process by which Native American tribes can pursue self-governance agreements with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • July 8, 2015

    Tribe Must Stop Work On Martha's Vineyard Casino, Town Says

    The town of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, on Tuesday told a Native American tribe to immediately stop work on its gambling project because it lacks a required town building permit and the project is prohibited by local zoning bylaws.

  • July 8, 2015

    Cherokees Want Punitive Awards In Native Farmer Settlement

    The Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians told a D.C. federal court it should offer original parties in a discrimination suit brought by Native American farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture $10 million in punitive damages each, beyond the remaining $380 million still yet to be disbursed.

  • July 8, 2015

    Redskins Lose Battle To Restore Trademark Registrations

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations, striking down the argument that the federal government's ban on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional.

  • July 7, 2015

    Feds Deny ‘Unconstitutional’ Claim In Tribal Tobacco Row

    The federal government on Monday urged a Washington federal court to reject Native American-run King Mountain Tobacco Co.’s bid for summary judgment in a battle over millions allegedly owed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rejecting “tenuous” arguments over the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act.

  • July 7, 2015

    9th Circ. Changes Stance On Tribal Heritage In Assault Case

    An en banc Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed several assault convictions against a Native American man, overturning its previous conclusion that the government had to prove the man's blood could be traced to a federally recognized tribe to be prosecuted under the Indian Major Crimes Act.

  • July 7, 2015

    EPA, Navajo Utility Authority Ink Deal To Halt Water Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation EPA said Tuesday the tribe’s utility authority agreed to bring its wastewater treatment facility in Window Rock, Arizona, into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act.

  • July 7, 2015

    Intervenors Bow Out Of Tribal Gaming Co. Sale Dispute

    A group of intervenors has agreed to drop claims in a contract battle between a Chickasaw Nation-owned gaming company and the bankrupt owner of the DiamondJacks casino chain over a failed $125 million sale, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed in Louisiana federal court Monday.

  • July 7, 2015

    Okla. Tribe Wants To Join Native Farmer Settlement Row

    The Choctaw Nation on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse its denied bid to intervene in a dispute over how to distribute some $380 million in unclaimed funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture class action settlement over a farm loan program.

  • July 7, 2015

    Ala. Tribe Says It Didn't Waive Immunity In Age Bias Suit

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians urged an Alabama federal judge Monday to adopt the recommendations of a magistrate judge and dismiss a former health department worker's $2 million age discrimination complaint, reiterating that the suit is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.

  • July 6, 2015

    Divided 9th Circ. Won't Rethink Tribal Court Conviction Ruling

    A bitterly divided Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to rehear en banc its decision to toss a criminal domestic violence indictment against a Native American defendant, with a concurrence in the denial saying his earlier tribal court convictions couldn’t be used to prosecute him as a habitual offender under federal law.

  • July 6, 2015

    Quapaw Officials Claim Immunity From Kan. Casino Suit

    A pair of officials for the Quapaw Tribe said Monday sovereign immunity shields them and other tribal leaders from Kansas’ lawsuit over a plan to expand the tribe’s Oklahoma casino across the border into Kansas, urging a federal judge to throw out the case.

  • July 6, 2015

    Tribe Moves On Martha's Vineyard Bingo Casino Despite Suit

    A Native American tribe on Martha’s Vineyard is pushing forward with plans to build a gambling project on the Massachusetts island despite a pending decision in a lawsuit with the state over whether the tribe needs the state government’s approval.

  • July 6, 2015

    Alaska Native Health Group Denied Quick Win In Billing Row

    An Alaska federal judge has denied an intertribal health care group’s bid for partial summary judgment in a dispute with Premera Blue Cross, finding questions remain over allegations the insurer paid substantially less than the provider’s billed charges.