Native American

  • November 3, 2008

    High Court Weighs RI’s Tribal Land Dispute

    U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments on Monday in a long-running lawsuit in which the state of Rhode Island has questioned the federal government's decision to place a plot of American Indian land into a trust, which would exempt the tribe from state and local law.

  • October 31, 2008

    RI Picks Lawyer For Land Dispute Before High Court

    A former U.S. solicitor general has been picked to represent Rhode Island before the Supreme Court on Monday in its dispute with the federal government over a plot of American Indian land, bringing to an end weeks of bitter fighting between the state and town officials in Charlestown over who should present the arguments.

  • October 27, 2008

    EPA Shifts Power To Tribes For First Time

    In a first for tribal governments, U.S. regulators have granted the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana authority to administer and enforce injection well programs for oil and gas operations on reservation land.

  • October 30, 2008

    Everglade Water Woes Spawn Tribal Suits

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, environmental groups, the U.S. government and the state of Florida all support restoration of the Everglades, but amid contention over how best to achieve it, the Miccosukees have recently upped the stakes, firing off at least three lawsuits in the last month over water flow issues.

  • October 16, 2008

    9th Circ. Stands By FERC In Hydroelectric Plant Spat

    A federal appeals court last week denied a bid by the Snoqualmie Tribe to decommission a hydroelectric power plant at a sacred site, and upheld limits the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had imposed on the hydroelectric facility.

  • October 3, 2008

    Foxwoods Appeals NLRB Ruling

    The tribe that operates Foxwoods Resort Casino has filed an appeal of a National Labor Relations Board's ruling ordering it to bargain with 2,600 dealers represented by the United Auto Workers, arguing the tribe's own labor law, and not the NLRA, has jurisdiction.

  • October 1, 2008

    US Appeal Over Tribe's Mining Lease Gets Cert

    The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on Wednesday to the federal government's appeal of a ruling that could leave it liable for $600 million in damages to the Navajo Nation, agreeing to once again weigh in on a mining lease dispute.

  • August 21, 2008

    EPA Sues Calif. Mining Co. For $40M Cleanup

    The U.S. government has slapped a California mining company with a $40 million lawsuit claiming the U.S. has been cleaning up the mining company's hazardous waste since 1991.

  • August 8, 2008

    American Indians Win Small Victory Over U.S. Govt.

    After a 12-year lawsuit alleging the U.S. government grossly mismanaged a trust for American Indian landowners and owed them billions of dollars, a federal judge has awarded the class $455 million.

  • August 4, 2008

    Mining Co. Fights To Keep Alaska Settlement Intact

    Teck Cominco Ltd. has asked a federal court to enforce a settlement it reached with several members of an Alaskan tribe who claimed the Canadian mining company polluted their town's drinking water.

  • July 15, 2008

    Redskins Hold On To Allegedly Offensive Trademarks

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Washington Redskins for the second time in five years, allowing the professional football team to continue using six trademarks that a group of American Indians says are racially offensive.

  • June 16, 2008

    EPA Reveals Plan To Clean Navajo Land Of Uranium

    After repeated requests to ban uranium mining in Indian reservations, five federal agencies on Friday agreed to an initiative to clean up abandoned uranium mines on Navajo Nation land.

  • April 8, 2008

    Tribes Settle Salmon Suit For $900M

    The Bush administration and certain Northwest Indian tribes have reached an agreement that would allow four hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin to remain intact but would also pump $900 million into helping protect endangered salmon.

  • April 2, 2008

    Navajo, Citizens Energy Plan Wind Power Project

    The Navajo Nation has reached a deal with Boston-based Citizens Energy Corporation to build a wind-power plant on Navajo land to deliver over 500 megawatts of power, a representative for the tribe's legal counsel said on Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2008

    Tribal Authority Must Face Toxic-Housing Claims

    An appeals court has ruled that a tribal housing authority must face claims that government houses it bought or leased were treated with toxic chemicals, causing a group of Blackfeet Indians to suffer from health problems including cancer.

  • February 1, 2008

    Alaska Drilling Will Harm Polar Bears: Suit

    Environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and an American Indian tribe, filed suit Thursday against members of the Bush administration, seeking to stop a plan for oil drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

  • January 31, 2008

    Judge Slams Interior Dept. In Oil Royalty Case

    A federal judge has lambasted the Department of Interior for dragging its feet in explaining what happened to billions of dollars in royalties owed to Native American landowners.

  • January 3, 2008

    Tribe Can't Bring Medical Monitoring Claims: Judge

    A court has ruled that the Quapaw tribe of North Dakota cannot bring medical monitoring claims against a group of mining companies that allegedly contaminated the tribe's land with hazardous pollutants.

  • November 19, 2007

    Foxwoods Asks Labor Board To Stay Union Elections

    The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has asked the National Labor Relations Board to put a hold on union elections scheduled for this weekend at the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino.

  • November 2, 2007

    Asarco Proposes Rate On Most Unsecured Claims

    Having been granted a little more time to file a reorganization plan, Asarco LLC wants to pin down how much all future non-personal-injury unsecured claims against it will eventually amount to after the dust settles on its Chapter 11 proceedings and all claims mature.