Native American

  • August 12, 2010

    Fla. Agency OKs $197M Deal Over Tribe's Objections

    A Florida state agency voted Thursday to pay $197 million to buy 26,800 acres of land in the Everglades from U.S. Sugar Corp. for restoration, over objections by the Miccosukee tribe, which said the money should be spent on a water reservoir project.

  • August 6, 2010

    QEP Wins Access To Gas Plant In Ute Contract Fight

    QEP Field Services Co. has won its bid to enjoin the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation from limiting access to QEP's natural gas processing plant on tribal land.

  • July 29, 2010

    Judge Blocks Hawaii Trash From Wash. Landfill

    An American Indian tribe and several environmental groups succeeded Thursday in temporarily blocking the transport of Hawaiian garbage to a landfill in Washington state after alleging the plan posed a threat to historic American Indian sites and the local ecosystem.

  • July 28, 2010

    Utah Nuclear Waste Site Gets 2nd Chance

    A federal judge has reopened the possibility that a temporary spent nuclear fuel storage facility will be built on an Indian reservation in Utah, overturning high-level U.S. Department of the Interior officials' denial of the proposal.

  • July 14, 2010

    9th Circ. Asked To Block Grand Canyon Uranium Mine

    A coalition of conservation groups and Native American tribes has appealed a federal judge's denial of their bid for a preliminary injunction on uranium mining just six miles north of Grand Canyon National Park.

  • June 30, 2010

    BP Fined $5.2M For Misreporting Gas Royalties

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has hit BP America Inc. with a $5.2 million civil penalty for misreporting gas royalty rates and energy production on tribal lands in southwestern Colorado, the agency said Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2010

    Indian Tribe Fails To Block Nev. Mine Expansion

    A federal appeals court has mostly affirmed a victory for the U.S. Department of the Interior in an Indian tribe's suit seeking to block the expansion of a mineral exploration project in Nevada.

  • April 15, 2010

    Barrick's Cortez Hills Gold Mine Gets Green Light

    A federal judge has allowed Barrick Gold Corp. — the world's biggest gold mining company — to keep working on its Cortez Hills mining project in Nevada while the U.S. government conducts further environmental reviews, rejecting a bid by a group of Indian tribes to halt the project.

  • April 13, 2010

    Census Bureau Faces Suit Over Race Bias In Hiring

    Two job applicants launched a proposed class action Tuesday accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of unlawfully screening out all job seekers with arrest records, a policy they claim disproportionately affects blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.

  • April 6, 2010

    Exxon Units Cough Up $32M To End Gas Royalty Suit

    Two Exxon Mobil Corp. units have agreed to pay $32.2 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and American Indian leases.

  • March 31, 2010

    Calif. Court Hoses Pollution Suit Over PacifiCorp Dams

    A California appeals court has rejected an attempt by Indian tribal leaders and fishermen to impose state environmental rules on PacifiCorp. Inc. hydroelectric projects that allegedly cause toxic algae blooms, finding that federal law undoubtedly reigns supreme over the federally regulated dams.

  • March 25, 2010

    El Paso Natural Gas To Appeal Uranium Cleanup Loss

    El Paso Natural Gas Co. has decided to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of its suit seeking to force the U.S. government to clean up uranium waste linked to Cold War nuclear weapons development on land controlled by two American Indian tribes in Arizona.

  • March 25, 2010

    Indian Tribe's Sawmill Must Comply With OSHA: 7th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has ruled that a sawmill run by the Menominee Indian tribe is subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, affirming a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • March 8, 2010

    10th Circ. Affirms NM Uranium Mining Permit

    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to issue a permit to Hydro Resources Inc. to conduct in situ leach mining for uranium on four sites in northwest New Mexico near a Navajo Indian reservation.

  • February 25, 2010

    Tribe Members Win Class Cert. In Power Line Dispute

    A federal judge has certified a class of more than 1,000 American Indian tribe members in a suit alleging the U.S. government's Western Area Power Administration has maintained and profited from electrical transmission lines on land held in trust for their community.

  • February 2, 2010

    Foxwoods Pact Couldn't Happen Under EFCA: Atty

    The recent, first-of-its-kind labor agreement between table dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the American Indian tribe that operates it could shine a light on potential shortcomings in the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, according to attorneys who worked on the agreement.

  • January 26, 2010

    Barrick Asks Court To Keep Cortez Mine Open

    Mining company Barrick Gold Corp. has asked a district court for a limited injunction allowing it to keep working on its Cortez Hills mining project in Nevada while the U.S. government conducts further environmental reviews, which a federal appeals court ordered last year after hearing a challenge to the project by a group of Indian tribes.

  • December 3, 2009

    9th Circ. Revives Tribes' Effort To Halt Mining Project

    A federal appeals court has partially reversed an order denying several Indian tribes' bid to halt the federal Bureau of Land Management's gold mining project at a sacred site near a Nevada mountain, ruling that the tribes are entitled to seek injunctive relief under the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • January 12, 2010

    Wells Fargo $46M Loan Contract Invalid: Judge

    A federal judge has invalidated a $46.6 million loan agreement between Wells Fargo Bank NA and an economic development corporation chartered by a Wisconsin Indian tribe following his determination that the contract had not received the required approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission.

  • December 21, 2009

    Tribe Sues Mining Cos. Over Superfund Site Pollution

    An Indian tribe in northern Idaho is suing three mining companies for polluting Indian lands with cadmium, lead, zinc and other toxic metals after decades of mining in the area.