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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.