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Native American

  • 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.

  • April 30, 2015

    Mich. Tribe Spars With NLRB Over Casino's Anti-Union Rules

    The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on Wednesday urged the Sixth Circuit to overturn a National Labor Relations Board decision faulting the tribe for suppressing union activities at its Michigan casino, arguing the board had trampled on its sovereignty.

  • April 30, 2015

    Native Americans Urge Judge To Exclude Redskins' Evidence

    A group of Native Americans urged a Virginia federal court on Wednesday to exclude eight previously unproduced documents from a dispute over the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations, calling the team's submission “untimely and improper.”

  • April 30, 2015

    NIGC Bolsters Ranks With General Counsel Appointment

    The National Indian Gaming Commission announced on Wednesday that it has named the former attorney general for the Colorado River Indian Tribes as its general counsel.

  • April 30, 2015

    DOI Unveils Revised Oil Royalty Regs For Tribal Lands

    The U.S. Department of Interior on Thursday finalized regulations overhauling the valuation of oil production from leases on tribal lands that the agency claims will boost royalties paid to Native Americans by about $20 million per year.

  • April 30, 2015

    Sens. Tout Bill To Resolve Mont. Tribal Water Rights

    Montana’s U.S. senators said Wednesday that a new bipartisan bill authorizing $420 million for tribal water projects for the Blackfeet Nation would finally put federal power behind a long-delayed water rights agreement for the tribe.

  • April 30, 2015

    Colo. Senate Kills Bill To Limit Native American Mascots

    A Republican-controlled Colorado state Senate committee on Wednesday killed a bill that would have required public schools to seek approval from tribes before using a Native American mascot or face a $25,000 monthly fine, though the bill's sponsor said Thursday he intended to resurrect the legislation next year.

  • April 29, 2015

    Tribal Casino Firing Row Won't Be Heard In Federal Court

    A California federal court on Wednesday tossed a former San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino security guard’s whistleblower suit over allegations he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and drug use, saying it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear the dispute.

  • April 29, 2015

    Utah Police Challenge Tribal Court Venue In Shooting Case

    Six Utah police officers urged a federal judge Tuesday to halt an effort to pursue claims over the death of a 21-year-old Ute Indian Tribe member in tribal court, arguing the venue lacks subject matter jurisdiction in the “contentious and acrimonious” litigation.

  • April 29, 2015

    Senate Panel Passes Bill To Block Ariz. Tribal Casino

    The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill Wednesday that would halt construction of a controversial $400 million Native American casino in Arizona, paving the way for a potential vote by the full Senate.

  • April 29, 2015

    7th Circ. Says Ho-Chunk Nation Can Offer E-Poker

    The Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the state of Wisconsin cannot block the Ho-Chunk Nation from offering electronic poker at its Madison casino, saying the state would have to criminalize the game for all Wisconsin residents before it could prohibit the tribe from offering it.

  • April 29, 2015

    Tribal Leaders Urge Senate To Keep NLRB Out Of Gaming

    Native American leaders told a Senate panel Wednesday that legislation to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from acting in tribal employment matters is needed to preserve tribes’ sovereignty and protect their gaming operations.

  • April 29, 2015

    Calif. City Defends $2.4M Fee Bid In Tribal Casino Feud

    A Bay Area city on Tuesday defended its request for $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees for the Morrison & Foerster LLP lawyers that helped it escape litigation over a scuttled casino project, saying the fees are reasonable considering the eye-popping damages sought by the developer and Native American tribe behind the suit.

  • April 29, 2015

    Tribe Offers Alabama $250M Bailout For Gaming Rights

    Hoping to fend off legislation that would cut into its business, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has offered Alabama $250 million to help cover a budget shortfall in exchange for exclusive gaming rights in the state, according to reports.

  • April 29, 2015

    Tribes Risk Alienating Non-Native Biz In Discovery Row

    The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes face good odds of beating a federal court challenge brought by FMC Corp. over the fairness of their tribal court system after a $20.5 million judgment against the company, but risk alienating nontribal businesses by seeking to dismiss discovery requests, experts say.

  • April 29, 2015

    Lower Tax Reporting Limit For Slots Not A Revenue Jackpot

    Reducing the tax reporting threshold for slot and bingo winnings to $600 from $1,200, as the Internal Revenue Service proposed in guidance released last month, could turn casino gamblers away from those games and result in a loss of revenue for federal and state coffers, according to experts.