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Native American

  • August 29, 2018

    Land Dispute Doesn't Belong In Tribal Court, ND Justices Rule

    The Supreme Court of North Dakota has ruled that a lower court properly exercised jurisdiction in a dispute over two land parcels on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, holding that the situation didn’t fit either of two exceptions that would have granted the tribal court jurisdiction in the case.

  • August 29, 2018

    NM Man Jailed Over Fake Native American Jewelry

    A New Mexico federal judge has sentenced an Albuquerque man accused of selling jewelry made in the Philippines as Native American-made to six months behind bars, federal prosecutors have announced.

  • August 29, 2018

    Canada Court Tosses Exploratory Drilling Challenge

    The high court of British Columbia has tossed a challenge to exploratory drilling for a Taseko Mines Ltd. copper and gold mine project, a decision the company said will allow it to move forward with more "investigative work" at the area.

  • August 28, 2018

    Alaska Native Clinic On Hook For $22M Award, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday preserved a trial judge’s $22 million bench verdict in a suit accusing doctors employed by a federally funded health clinic for native Alaskans of negligently treating a woman and causing brain damage, saying a finding of reckless conduct was supported by the evidence.

  • August 28, 2018

    Siletz Tribe Too Late To Jump Into Chinook Suit Against DOI

    A Washington federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon couldn’t intervene in the Chinook Indian Nation’s suit over federal recognition and access to certain funds held in trust by the government, saying the tribe waited too long to throw its hat in the ring.

  • August 28, 2018

    Japanese-American Group Can't Block WWII Camp Land Sale

    A California federal judge has denied a bid from a nonprofit group representing descendants of Japanese-Americans interned in camps during World War II to temporarily bar a California city's sale of a parcel of land that had been part of one of the camps to the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma.

  • August 28, 2018

    Insurer Had Duty In Tribal Rights Dispute, Wash. Court Says

    A Washington state appellate court has found that an insurer had a duty to defend a husband and wife against a tribe’s claim that an 1854 treaty allowed it to take shellfish on the couple’s tidelands, reversing a quick win in the insurer’s favor.

  • August 28, 2018

    Tribes, Enviros Tell DC Circ. $3.5B Pipeline Pause Warranted

    Environmentalists and tribal officials doubled down on their request for an emergency stay halting construction on a $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline Monday, telling the D.C. Circuit that a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order limiting construction still allows for work that would irreparably harm religious artifacts.

  • August 28, 2018

    Ponca Tribe Casino Gets Proposed Oct. Opening Date

    The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has announced that by late October it expects to open a casino on a tract of land in Iowa, even though a lawsuit challenging the federal government's decision to allow the tribe to operate the casino is still ongoing.

  • August 27, 2018

    10th Circ. Affirms Woman's Conviction For Theft From Tribe

    The Tenth Circuit affirmed on Friday a lower court’s decision not to allow a woman to claim as a trial defense that the threat of sexual abuse led her to embezzle money from a Native American organization, holding that she failed to prove she had no other options.

  • August 27, 2018

    Feds Agree To Set Humpback Habitat Decision Deadlines

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to environmentalists' demand that it set deadlines for deciding whether to designate habitat for humpback whale populations protected by the Endangered Species Act.

  • August 27, 2018

    Navajo, States Fight Contractors' Bid To Nix Oil Spill Claims

    The states of New Mexico and Utah, along with the Navajo Nation, have urged a New Mexico federal court not to allow two contractors to exit a suit over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, saying the contractors are trying to dodge any liability for the incident.

  • August 27, 2018

    Tribe Asks DC Circ. To Speed Up BIA Funding Dispute

    The Navajo Nation has asked the D.C. Circuit to impose its finding that the Bureau of Indian Affairs took too long to respond to the tribe's funding request, saying the decision means it is entitled to millions of dollars for its judiciary, but a lower court has yet to enforce the ruling more than a year later.

  • August 27, 2018

    Interior Dept. Off The Hook For Tribal Name Change Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has won its bid to toss a federal lawsuit brought by the New York-based Oneida Indian Nation that challenged the department's approval of a name change for a historically related Wisconsin tribe.

  • August 24, 2018

    DOI Seeks End To Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a Montana federal judge to grant it a quick win in a suit brought by tribes and environmental groups over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections from the Yellowstone population of grizzly bear, with several states and groups backing the department.

  • August 24, 2018

    Wash. Liquor, Cannabis Official Tossed From Cig Sale Suit

    A federal judge has let a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board lieutenant escape a suit from Native American tribe members over confiscated commercial cigarettes, finding that there was a legal warrant for the seizure, among other things.

  • August 24, 2018

    Redskins Shouldn't Move Without Name Change, NAACP Says

    Nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations said Friday they jointly oppose the relocation of the Washington, D.C., Redskins to a new stadium unless the National Football League team agrees to drop "the R-word racial slur" as its name.

  • August 24, 2018

    Contractor Can't Dodge Insurer's Claims In Tribal Pipeline Row

    A Washington federal judge rejected a bid by Reece Construction Co. to shake Zurich American Insurance Co.’s request for a determination that it needn’t indemnify the contractor or a subcontractor for claims stemming from a tribal water pipeline project, saying the Tulalip tribes aren’t a necessary party.

  • August 24, 2018

    FERC, Energy Cos. Fight Pipeline Pause Bid At DC Circ.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a group of energy companies connected with the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline urged the D.C. Circuit not to halt construction on the project, saying environmentalists and tribal officials hadn't shown an emergency stay is needed.

  • August 24, 2018

    EPA Asks SC Court To Delay Effect Of Water Rule Decision

    The federal government on Thursday asked a South Carolina federal judge to delay the effect of his decision to vacate a rule that would have stayed the implementation of Obama-era water regulations that the Trump administration is in the process of replacing.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Culverts Win May Indicate A New Era For Tribal Treaty Rights

    J. Nathanael Watson

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Washington v. United States this month could have broad implications for a variety of development, construction and farming practices throughout the Northwest. The door has clearly been opened for the state of Washington, and other parties, to pursue negotiation and settlement whenever existing structures impact tribal treaty rights, says J. Nathanael Watson of Stoel Rives LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Wash. Tribes' High Court Win Raises Treaty Rights Concerns

    Lee Redeye

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a major win for Washington tribes in Washington v. United States. However, the nature of the Supreme Court's affirmation — a 4-4 split without a written decision — means that its precedential value is questionable, says Lee Redeye of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.