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Native American

  • April 23, 2015

    DOI Can Sell Tribes' Unallotted Timber Lands, Judge Says

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Wednesday determined that a 1906 federal law required the Department of the Interior to sell the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation's unallotted timber lands, ending part of the tribes’ suit seeking an accounting of the federal government’s overall trusteeship of their interests.

  • April 22, 2015

    Lawmakers Say New BIA Rules Could Gut Tribal Recognition

    Lawmakers critical of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ proposed final rules for streamlining federal recognition procedures for tribes grilled the bureau’s head on Wednesday, saying that without changes, the rule could seriously undermine the recognition process.

  • April 22, 2015

    Ariz. Tribe, Local Leaders Blast Halt Of Phoenix Casino

    Representatives of the Tohono O’odham Nation and local leaders in the West Valley area blasted the Arizona gambling authority’s decision not to approve a controversial $400 million Native American casino being built outside Phoenix.

  • April 22, 2015

    Bill To Reauthorize Native American Housing Act Advances

    A U.S. Senate bill that would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act through 2020 and enhance federal policy enabling tribes to address the housing needs of members advanced out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2015

    New Navajo President Aims To Lure Big Biz To Reservation

    Companies looking to work with the Navajo Nation are counting on newly elected president Russell Begaye to deliver on his promises to spark the nation’s economic development efforts and lower its soaring unemployment rate.

  • April 22, 2015

    GCs Name Most Elite Law Firms

    Twenty-six law firms identified by general counsel as having the most elite, and sought after, brands all share a proven ability to offer forward-thinking advice to clients and innovate in an industry often criticized for clinging to old-school approaches, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • April 22, 2015

    Mont. AG Says Irrigators Can't Block Tribal Water Pact

    The Montana Attorney General's Office asked a state court Wednesday to block an attempt by a group representing Flathead Indian Reservation irrigators to halt the governor from signing a controversial water rights agreement with the Salish & Kootenai Confederated Tribes and the federal government.

  • April 22, 2015

    Blackfeet Move To Nix Oil, Gas Leases On Sacred Site

    The Blackfeet Nation is calling on the federal government to cancel oil and gas leases on one of the tribe’s most sacred spiritual sites, unveiling a new campaign Wednesday in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians to raise public awareness of the issue and increase pressure on officials responsible for leasing federal land.

  • April 22, 2015

    Idaho Tribes Say FMC Bound By Tribal Court's $21M Judgment

    The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes told an Idaho federal judge Tuesday that FMC Corp. can't challenge a tribal court's $20.5 million judgment over alleged permit violations at a hazardous waste site on reservation land, saying the company should have fully litigated its due process claims in that court.

  • April 22, 2015

    Band Vows To Fight On After Fed. Circ. Trademark Ruling

    The Asian-American rock band behind the Federal Circuit's unusual decision upholding a federal ban on "disparaging" trademarks — the same provision that spelled doom for the Washington Redskins' trademarks — said it will ask the full court to rehear the case.

  • April 22, 2015

    5 Tips For Smooth Gaming Compact Negotiations

    When states and Native American tribes meet to hash out the terms of a gaming compact, everything from revenue-sharing demands to long-standing issues over fishing rights between the sovereign parties can threaten to derail negotiations. Here, seasoned attorneys offer five tips that can help keep the talks on track.

  • April 22, 2015

    Enviros Lose Challenge Over LA Development Project

    A California appeals court on Tuesday rejected environmental groups’ challenge over a portion of the 12,000-acre Newhall Ranch mega development, finding Los Angeles County complied with state law and properly analyzed water supply, sewer services availability and Native American archaeological issues.

  • April 22, 2015

    Alaskan Tribe Asks Court To Settle Leadership Dispute

    Leaders of an Alaskan Native tribe situated on the Bering Sea coast are asking a federal court to halt three members of the Newtok Traditional Council from misrepresenting themselves as members of the tribe's legitimate tribal governing body, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday.

  • April 21, 2015

    ND Legislature Sends Tribal Oil, Gas Tax Bill To Gov.

    The North Dakota Legislature on Monday sent to the state’s governor a bill requiring legislative approval of oil and gas tax agreements with Native American tribes in the state.

  • April 21, 2015

    Wash. Tribe Wants Members To Weigh In On Pot Legalization

    Tribal leaders of Washington state's Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are asking tribe members for their input on an initiative that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana on the reservation, according to a Monday statement.

  • April 21, 2015

    SD Tribe Says IGRA Bars State Taxes On Casino Customers

    A South Dakota tribe on Monday urged a South Dakota federal judge to reject the state's bid for judgment in a tax dispute, arguing that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act preempted the state government’s authority to impose taxes on nontribal members at the tribe’s casino.

  • April 21, 2015

    DOI, Navajo Nation Agree To Implement Buyback Program

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday it had entered into a cooperative agreement with the Navajo Nation to help implement a land buyback program included in the government's settlement with Native American landowners over alleged mismanagement of natural and energy resources on tribal lands.

  • April 21, 2015

    Maine Gov. Says Tribes Haven't Respected State

    The governor of Maine has issued an executive order canceling out a 2011 order that required the state to seek input from Native American tribes on state laws and policies, saying the tribes haven't respected the state's interests and asserting state courts' authority over the tribes' natural resources.

  • April 21, 2015

    How To Woo Native American In-House Counsel

    Law firms that are new to working with Native American tribes or looking to expand their business must be willing to learn the unique nature of tribes’ legal needs, experts say. Here, tribal counsel and attorneys offer seven tips for attracting Native American tribes’ attention and establishing a long-term relationship.

  • April 21, 2015

    Mohegans To Construct Casino At South Korean Airport

    The operator of the tribal-owned Mohegan Sun casino and South Korea's Incheon International Airport Corp. have agreed to construct a 1,000-room resort and a nearly 200,000-square-foot casino on airport grounds, the two companies announced Monday.