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Native American

  • July 14, 2015

    Bankrupt Casino Can't Appeal $177M Tribal Immunity Ruling

    A $177 million fraudulent transfer adversary suit is returning to bankruptcy court after a Michigan federal judge refused Tuesday to open up his decision granting a Native American tribe sovereign immunity to appeal, saying immediate appeal wouldn't advance the underlying proceeding enough to be justified.

  • July 13, 2015

    Carter Ledyard Scores Tribal Financing Pro From Dentons

    Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP said Monday that it has boosted its corporate practice by snagging a New York-based partner from Dentons with more than 25 years of experience handling tribal and corporate financing matters.

  • July 13, 2015

    Calif. Court Says Inyo County Can Prosecute Tribal Officer

    A California federal judge on Friday sided with Inyo County officials in a row over the prosecution of a Bishop Paiute Tribe police officer for allegedly assaulting a woman with a stun gun on tribal lands, finding a lack of controversy in the dispute.

  • July 13, 2015

    Tribe Accuses Calif. Of Bad Faith In Gaming Compact Fight

    The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in the state of California’s appeal of a lower court decision awarding $36.2 million to the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in a gaming compact dispute, with the state arguing it didn’t waive its immunity to the suit and the tribe accusing the state of bad faith in negotiations.

  • July 13, 2015

    Ariz. DOT Wants New Judge In Suit Over $2B Freeway Project

    The Arizona Department of Transportation on Monday asked a federal judge to step down from overseeing lawsuits challenging a planned $1.75 billion freeway project near Phoenix, after the judge disclosed her ties to attorneys representing Native American tribes in one of the cases.

  • July 13, 2015

    House OKs Land Swap To End Calif. Tribe Land Dispute

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill to facilitate a land swap between the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the owner of land adjacent to the tribe's California reservation, aimed at settling a long-running dispute over the parcel.

  • July 13, 2015

    Quapaw Tribe Says It Won’t Use Arkansas Land For Casino

    The Quapaw Tribe has offered to ink an agreement with Arkansas officials to end claims that it intends to build a casino near Little Rock through a proposed land-into-trust acquisition, pointing out that the Oklahoma-based tribe cannot simply set up a gambling facility in any location.

  • July 13, 2015

    Calif. Tribal Leader Blasts BIA For Marijuana Facility Raid

    A California tribal leader has criticized the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs for taking part in a raid of marijuana production facilities on tribal lands, saying the agency failed to protect tribal sovereignty and promote tribal economic growth, according to a report on Monday.

  • July 10, 2015

    DC Circ. Told $680M USDA Deal Covers Native Farmer's Claims

    A Native American farmer claiming he was unfairly denied a share of a $680 million U.S. Department of Agriculture settlement over its allegedly discriminatory farm loan program told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that the deal gives the lower court jurisdiction to hear his claims.

  • July 10, 2015

    Idaho Secretary of State, Tribe Clash Over Racing Ban

    The Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Idaho’s secretary of state clashed Thursday over an instant horse racing ban, with each telling the Idaho Supreme Court that the other had a warped view of what should happen with bills returned to the Legislature after the governor’s veto deadline.

  • July 10, 2015

    GAO Says HUD Can Improve Tribal Development Efforts

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development still has work to do to tackle Native American low-income housing challenges despite progress in providing technical training and support, a Government Accountability Office official said Friday.

  • July 10, 2015

    Seminole Tribe Status Disputed In 11th Circ. Casino Firing Row

    A former Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee security guard urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to revive his wrongful termination suit, saying the lower court wrongly relied on two appellate opinions that did not establish the Seminole Tribe of Florida was federally recognized.

  • July 10, 2015

    Army Corps Says Tribe's Claims In Lake Battle Came Too Late

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday hit back at a South Dakota tribe’s bid to shake the statute of limitations in a fight over the development of a sacred lake, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision does not support equitable tolling.

  • July 10, 2015

    Ex-Tribal Leaders Lose Arbitration Bid In Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected former Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians officials’ bid to stay a lawsuit accusing them of a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme, finding a lack of evidence to support arguments in favor of arbitration.

  • July 10, 2015

    Cherokee Supreme Court Upholds Chief's Re-Election

    The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has refused to overturn Principal Chief Bill John Baker's re-election, ruling that a losing candidate failed to sufficiently support his contention that Baker violated tribal campaign finance laws.

  • July 10, 2015

    Wash. Tribes' Fishing Rights Reach Far Offshore, Judge Says

    A federal judge on Thursday dealt a win to the Quileute and Quinault tribes in a dispute with another northwestern Washington tribe over the extent of their ancestral fishing grounds, ruling that the Quileute and Quinault's fishing grounds extend to where they historically harvested marine mammals.

  • July 9, 2015

    Poarch Band Not A Tribe Under IRA, Tax Assessor Says

    A county tax assessor asked an Alabama federal judge Wednesday to deny the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ motion for a preliminary injunction to stop officials from taxing trust lands where it operates a casino, saying the tribe isn’t recognized under the Indian Reorganization Act.

  • July 9, 2015

    Redskins Trademark Challenger Talks Road Ahead

    In the wake of Wednesday's ruling affirming the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations, the lawyer who won the decision chatted with Law360 about the future of his case, about Confederate license plates and about a certain rock band called The Slants.

  • July 9, 2015

    Blackfeet Exit Talks On Oil, Gas Project At Sacred Site

    The Blackfeet Nation has pulled out of consultations with the U.S. Forest Service and other parties over a proposed oil and gas project on federal land in Montana that is sacred to the nation, saying the process hasn’t proven useful.

  • July 9, 2015

    BIA Head Wants Carcieri Fix For Tribal Trust Land

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' top official urged senators Wednesday to enact a so-called Carcieri fix for tribal land-into-trust actions, and he defended an administration post dedicated to Native American trust matters.