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Native American

  • June 2, 2015

    Tribe Says Gov't Board Lacks Authority To Hear BNSF Suit

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community asked a Washington federal judge Monday to keep its suit accusing BNSF Railway Co. of breaching an agreement permitting the company to ship crude oil through tribal trust lands in federal court, saying a government board lacks authority to handle the case.

  • June 2, 2015

    5 Insights From Schneider Electric GC Peter Wexler

    What separates the firms who have a long-term relationship with us from those who do not is responsiveness. In many of our matters, there is no luxury of time to wait for a lengthy memo or for a certain team to respond to us, says Peter Wexler, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Schneider Electric.

  • June 1, 2015

    Tribe Says Courts Can Review Enbridge Pipeline Authorization

    A Native American tribe and environmental groups suing the U.S. State Department and Enbridge Energy LP to halt the company's cross-border pipeline projects told a Minnesota federal court Friday that departmental letters authorizing a new pipeline constitute reviewable agency action. 

  • June 1, 2015

    11th Circ. Affirms IRS Summons Against Fla. Tribe

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday said the chairman of Florida’s Miccosukee tribe must turn over documents the Internal Revenue Service requested in a fight regarding the tribe’s distribution of $300 million in casino revenues, saying the summons doesn’t violate his tribal sovereign immunity.

  • June 1, 2015

    Fla. Court OKs Slot Machines At Tribe-Run Racetrack

    A split Florida appeals court on Friday ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Native American-operated racetrack located near Tallahassee, concluding that a 2009 amendment to the Florida Constitution expanded existing law that limited such gaming to Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

  • June 1, 2015

    House Approves Bill To Make Tribal Fostering Laws Uniform

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Monday to implement uniform minimum requirements for tribal courts placing Native American children into foster care, as well as a bill revoking an Oklahoma tribe’s charter of incorporation, which the tribe claims has been holding it back economically.

  • June 1, 2015

    Navajos Say Urban Outfitters Aided Trademark Infringement

    The Navajo Nation asked a New Mexico federal judge on Friday to preserve its secondary liability claims in a suit alleging Urban Outfitters and its subsidiaries violated the tribe's trademark by incorporating the "Navajo" name in their products, claiming the company helped its marketers and a supplier to infringe the mark.

  • June 1, 2015

    TransCanada Gets First Nations' OK For $36B LNG Project

    TransCanada Corp. said Monday it has reached unspecified agreements with three First Nations groups in British Columbia, soothing over a proposed $36 billion liquefied natural gas terminal joint venture backed by Malaysian state oil company Petronas and others.

  • June 1, 2015

    NIGC Fights Bid To Block Tribe’s $360M Calif. Casino

    The National Indian Gaming Commission urged a California federal court to reject activist groups’ bid for an injunction to halt a proposed $360 million Native American casino near San Diego on Friday, saying it has no authority to stop construction of the private project.

  • May 29, 2015

    1st Circ. Won’t Toss Atty’s $1.1M Suit Seeking Fees From Tribe

    The First Circuit refused Friday to toss a Massachusetts attorney’s breach-of-contract suit seeking $1.1 million in legal fees allegedly owed by the Narragansett Indian Tribe, which had sought dismissal on the grounds of sovereign immunity.

  • May 29, 2015

    Alaska Justices Say State Must Notify Public Of Mine Permits

    The Alaska Supreme Court reversed a decision against a tribal nonprofit on Friday, saying the state had to give public notice of land use permits for the controversial Pebble Mine, permits that were “functionally irrevocable” because rescinding them would waste hundreds of millions of project investment dollars.

  • May 29, 2015

    Cherokees, Okla. Agree On Hunting, Fishing Rights Pact

    The Cherokee Nation on Friday sealed an accord with Oklahoma to expand hunting and fishing rights, inking a compact that will see tribe members receive licenses free of charge and send millions into state coffers for conservation efforts.

  • May 29, 2015

    Tribe Moves For Quick Win In Martha's Vineyard Gambling Row

    A Native American tribe on Thursday urged a Massachusetts federal judge to shut down the commonwealth’s suit over a gambling project the tribe is pursuing on Martha’s Vineyard, arguing it doesn’t need state government approval now that it has the federal go-ahead on the project.

  • May 29, 2015

    New Wash. Law Invites Tribes Mulling Marijuana Biz

    A first-of-its-kind Washington law allowing the state to negotiate compacts with Native American tribes to sell and distribute marijuana offers the enticement of a reliable regulatory framework while shielding the state from the risk of revenue loss and federal intervention should tribes strike out on their own, experts say.

  • May 29, 2015

    Wis. Tribe Wins Waste-To-Energy Plant Permit Dispute

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday rejected allegations that an Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin subsidiary misled Green Bay officials over a proposed waste-to-energy plant, finding the city erred in revoking the controversial project’s conditional use permit.

  • May 29, 2015

    NIGC Touts Fee Rate Reduction For Tribal Gambling

    The National Indian Gaming Commission said on Friday that it is cutting the fees it will assess on the revenues from Native American gambling operations for the third year in a row.

  • May 29, 2015

    HUD To Extend LGBT Housing Protections To Tribal Programs

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is poised to issue new regulations to protect gay and lesbian Native Americans from discrimination in federal housing programs on tribal lands across the U.S.

  • May 29, 2015

    Conn. Lawmakers Clear Path For Potential 3rd Tribal Casino

    The Connecticut House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to possibly open one new casino in the state, an effort to protect jobs and bolster the tourism economy amid growing gaming competition in the region.

  • May 28, 2015

    SD Tribe Says Gaming Pact Governs State Casino Taxation

    The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe urged a federal judge on Wednesday to declare that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act preempts state civil regulation and taxation on every subject it channels through the compact process in a dispute over South Dakota’s authority to impose taxes at its casino.

  • May 28, 2015

    Tribal Officials Not Immune In Casino Firing Row, Court Says

    A California appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of a former Pechanga Resort and Casino table games dealer fired in retaliation for acting as an informant in a criminal investigation, reversing a trial court ruling dismissing his complaint due to sovereign immunity.