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Native American

  • July 28, 2015

    Wis. Urges Supreme Court To Hear Tribal E-Poker Row

    The state of Wisconsin urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a Seventh Circuit decision allowing the Ho-Chunk Nation to offer electronic poker at its Madison casino, arguing that the circuit court shouldn’t have applied a standard predating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to interpret the law.

  • July 28, 2015

    Minn. Tribe Doesn't Owe Casino Rent To City, Judge Rules

    A Minnesota federal judge on Tuesday freed the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from paying more than $10 million in back casino rent to the city of Duluth, reversing course after the Eighth Circuit sent the case back to her for a second time.

  • July 28, 2015

    Bill To Enact Alcohol Tax Squeaks By Navajo Lawmakers

    The Navajo Nation has approved legislation proposing a 3.25 percent tax on alcoholic beverages sold in its casinos, which will be used to combat drunk driving on the Navajo reservation.

  • July 27, 2015

    Tribe At Odds With Fla. On Rights To Blackjack Games

    A Florida state official professed Monday to the state government's having a “great working relationship” with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, but the two appear headed for legal proceedings in a potential multibillion-dollar dispute over the tribe's expiring exclusive right to offer blackjack and similar card games at its casinos.

  • July 27, 2015

    Mass. Tribe Says Nixing Casino Will Permanently Hurt It

    A Massachusetts tribe urged a federal judge Monday to deny a town’s bid to prevent it from building a casino on Martha’s Vineyard claiming that a delay would result in permanent revenue loss for its government.

  • July 27, 2015

    9th. Circ. Sinks Tribal Dispute Over Puget Sound Waters

    The Ninth Circuit shut down the Tulalip Tribes’ appeal in a fishing rights row over contested Puget Sound areas claimed as part of the Suquamish Tribe’s traditional fishing grounds, finding Monday that the Tulalip failed to show the waters should be excluded.

  • July 27, 2015

    Tribal Descendants Urge 8th Circ. To Hear Land Row Appeal

    Descendants of the Mdewakanton band on Friday urged the Eighth Circuit to deny attempts to dismiss their appeal in a land dispute aimed at ejecting the Lower Sioux Indian Community and 75 landowners from a 12-square mile tract in Minnesota, rejecting arguments that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • July 27, 2015

    DOI Ordered To Shape Up In 'Kafkaesque' 29-Year-Old Suit

    A D.C. federal judge criticized the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “ineptitude” in failing to resolve a 29-year-old review of a drilling permit for federal land sacred to the Blackfeet Nation, saying the agency has 21 days to make a plan.

  • July 27, 2015

    Wis. Tribe Claims Immunity In Suit Over Card Receipts

    The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a proposed class action alleging the tribe printed confidential financial information on receipts at its retail stores, stating that tribal sovereignty makes it immune to such legal actions.

  • July 27, 2015

    Redskins TM Challengers Jump Into 'Slants' Case

    The Native Americans who won last month's trademark victory against the Washington Redskins have waded into a closely watched parallel case at the Federal Circuit that could have a big impact on their future fight against the football team.

  • July 27, 2015

    Tribe Says Gov't On The Hook For Columbia River Pollution

    A central Washington tribe on Friday pressed an Oregon federal judge to order the government to pay response costs following the contamination of the tribe's traditional fishing sites on the Columbia River, arguing there's no question of the government's liability after four decades of irresponsible dumping.

  • July 26, 2015

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  • July 24, 2015

    Judge Blasts Feds, But Won't Alter USDA-Native Farmer Deal

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday rejected two competing proposals to distribute $380 million in unclaimed funds from a USDA agreement resolving loan discrimination claims by Native American farmers, saying he couldn't modify the settlement without a consensus among the parties and blaming the Obama administration for refusing to budge on the terms of a potential modification.

  • July 24, 2015

    A Play-By-Play Of The Bucks' Campaign For A $500M Arena

    The Milwaukee Bucks are facing a critical vote over requested funding for a proposed $500 million stadium, the latest hurdle in a quest that's included attempts to link a tribal casino to the project and a controversial bond plan tied to players' taxes. Here, Law360 takes a closer look at some of the project's negotiations and major milestones.

  • July 24, 2015

    Judge Reconsiders Officer Liability In Tribe's Shellfish Fight

    A Washington federal judge agreed Thursday to reconsider her order denying a quick victory for the Squaxin Island Tribe over use of tidewaters for shellfish growing, finding that her order had too strictly limited the shellfisher’s corporate responsibility, but still denying the tribe’s bid for a win on the theory.

  • July 24, 2015

    Tribe Asks Idaho High Court To Bar Amici’s Oral Arguments

    The Coeur d’Alene tribe urged the Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday to block all amici from making oral arguments and reconsider its decision allowing one to do so in the tribe’s bid to force the certification of a bill that would ban a form of video horse racing.

  • July 24, 2015

    Mass., Tribe Butt Heads Over Martha's Vineyard Casino

    The state of Massachusetts and a Native American tribe traded blows in federal court Thursday over a proposed gambling project on Martha’s Vineyard, with the state arguing that the tribe needs local permission to open the facility while the tribe says federal rules apply to the land the project will sit on.

  • July 23, 2015

    Ala. Tribe Wins Injunction On County's Property Taxes

    An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday granted the state’s only federally recognized tribe a preliminary injunction prohibiting a county tax collector from levying taxes on the tribe’s casino property held in trust by the U.S. government.

  • July 23, 2015

    McCain Says Land Swap For Copper Mine Will Benefit Tribe

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is defending legislation that allows a land swap in Arizona to pave the way for a controversial copper mine project opposed by local tribe members, saying the law will provide needed jobs to the tribe and wouldn’t impact sacred tribal lands.

  • July 23, 2015

    $650M Mass. Casino Plan Scrapped Amid Funding Concerns

    A New York-based developer that had partnered with the tribe behind the Foxwoods Resort Casino said Wednesday it has abandoned plans for a $650 million casino and an attached $50 million environmental cleanup project in New Bedford, Massachusetts, after failing to obtain the necessary funding.