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Native American

  • August 21, 2015

    Feds Need Say In Wash. Tribes' Tax Row, Court Told

    The U.S. government told a Washington federal court Friday it has good reason to weigh in on the Tulalip Tribes' suit accusing state and county authorities of unlawfully taxing tribal business enterprises, saying its interests in the litigation won't be adequately protected absent its intervention.

  • August 21, 2015

    Tribal Immunity Protest Nixed In $177M Bankrupt Casino Suit

    A Michigan bankruptcy judge on Friday tossed two tribe members’ claims that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Kewadin Casino Gaming Authority cannot cite sovereign immunity in a $177 million fraudulent transfer adversary suit over a bankrupt casino.

  • August 20, 2015

    Nev. Tribe, Agency Reach Deal To End River Management Row

    A Nevada water utility agreed to sell up to 2,750 acre feet of surplus water rights to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe on Wednesday in a deal expected to end ongoing litigation and clear the way for a long-stalled river management plan.

  • August 20, 2015

    DOJ To Give Tribes Access To National Crime Databases

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it is launching the first phase in a program that will allow federally recognized tribes to access national crime information databases for civil and criminal uses.

  • August 20, 2015

    Utes Slams State, County In Sanctions Bid Over Prosecutions

    The Ute Indian Tribe in federal court Thursday renewed its bid for sanctions against the state of Utah and one of its counties for allegedly continuing to prosecute tribe members for on-reservation traffic offenses, saying the Tenth Circuit had already put the governments on notice that such actions would result in sanctions.

  • August 20, 2015

    Collections Co. Denied Arbitration, Tribal Shield In Class Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday rejected United Debt Holdings LLC’s bid to compel arbitration in a putative class action alleging it attempted to collect on a tribe-owned lender's loans with illegally high rates, ruling UDH showed neither tribal jurisdiction nor the existence of an arbitration agreement and class waiver.

  • August 20, 2015

    Calif. High Court To Hear LA Development Project Challenge

    The California Supreme Court said Thursday that it would hear environmental groups’ challenge over the first phase of the Newhall Ranch mega development but deferred further action pending the outcome of a related case involving the entire 12,000-acre project.

  • August 20, 2015

    Tax Assessor's Claims Against Feds In Tribal Row Revived

    An Alabama district judge has reversed her decision barring a local tax collector from naming the U.S. government in his counterclaims in a suit over assessing taxes against a tribe’s casino property, saying the additional counterclaim defendants were lawfully added after all.

  • August 20, 2015

    Mont. Judge Says BIA Needn't Face Tribal Water Project Row

    A federal judge on Wednesday tossed the Flathead Joint Board of Control’s lawsuit disputing the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' control of a tribal irrigation project in Montana, concluding that congressional mandate gave the government discretion to determine when and how to cede control to local landowners.

  • August 19, 2015

    Tribe, Chairman Argue Over Import Of Tribal Jury Verdict

    Attorneys for the Chippewa Cree tribe and its on-again, off-again chairman on Wednesday argued over the import of a tribal jury’s recent verdict in a dispute involving fraud-related claims against both parties, disagreeing on whether the jury had found the chairman liable for conspiracy.

  • August 19, 2015

    Alaska Gov. Faces Tough Choice In Tribal Land Row

    The governor of Alaska faces an unpleasant choice Monday on whether to continue fighting an Alaska Native community’s bid in the D.C. Circuit to allow the federal government to take tribal land in the state into trust, risking either alienating Alaska Natives who have backed his administration or angering those who fear a potential land-into-trust rush.

  • August 19, 2015

    Minn. Tribe Bashes Enbridge Pipeline Route At Hearing

    A Native American tribe based in Minnesota has reportedly kicked off a state review of Enbridge Energy Partners LP’s new oil pipeline route with a bang, with many of the 100 participants at a public hearing saying the project will endanger key water resources.

  • August 19, 2015

    Tribe, Agencies Spar Over Pause For Coachella Water Fight

    Two California state water agencies pushed Tuesday in California federal court to pause a Native American tribe's suit over crucial water rights in the Coachella Valley while they appeal a threshold initial ruling, while the tribe argued that the agencies are overestimating their chances of a successful appeal.

  • August 19, 2015

    Oil, Gas Producers Sue BIA Over Pending Permits in Okla.

    An Oklahoma association of oil and gas producers on Tuesday slapped the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs with a lawsuit alleging the agency has been tacitly denying drilling permits in the last two years, causing new drilling operations to cease completely in Osage County.

  • August 19, 2015

    DOI To Investigate Massive EPA Mine Spill In Colo.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior will lead an independent investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s breach earlier this month of a Colorado mine that dumped 3 million gallons of toxic water into a nearby river, according to a statement released by the EPA Tuesday.

  • August 18, 2015

    Tribe, Casino Co. Owe MoFo $1.9M Fees Over Failed Project

    A California federal judge Tuesday said a Native American tribe and a developer must pay $1.9 million in attorneys’ fees for Morrison & Foerster LLP lawyers who defended a Bay Area city in litigation over a canceled casino project, saying the fees requested were largely reasonable and the tribe had waived immunity by bringing the suit.

  • August 18, 2015

    DOI Pilot Training Course Aims To Improve Tribal Consultation

    The Department of the Interior is introducing new online and in-classroom courses for federal employees and tribes across the country aimed at improving intergovernmental relationships and increasing consultation with tribes on issues that affect them.

  • August 18, 2015

    Wash. Tribe Takes Fishing Grounds Dispute To 9th Circ.

    The Lummi Nation plans to appeal to the Ninth Circuit after a Washington federal judge shot down its bid to resume fishing in disputed waters near Seattle, teeing up the latest round in a row with a trio of neighboring tribes.

  • August 18, 2015

    Tribe Says Calif. Acted In Bad Faith In Gambling Pact Suit

    The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians urged a California federal court on Monday to grant it judgment in a bid to force California back into talks over the tribe’s casino plans, saying that the state’s obligation to negotiate a gambling compact in good faith included a referendum that rejected the proposed agreement.

  • August 18, 2015

    DOI Formulates Plan To End 30-Year Drilling Approval Saga

    Federal agencies responsible for Solenex LLC’s natural gas permit on land sacred to Montana’s Blackfeet Nation submitted a schedule to a D.C. federal court Monday indicating that drilling could begin by July 15, 2017, ending a nearly 30-year suspension on the lease.