Native American

  • May 1, 2017

    Widow Of Man Killed In Accident Wins $2M In Death Case

    An Oklahoma federal judge has awarded the widow of a man killed in an accident involving a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee almost $2 million in her wrongful death suit against the federal government, saying the employee didn’t safely operate the bus he was driving.

  • May 1, 2017

    High Court To Mull Law That Blocked Tribal Casino Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether a federal law that put an end to a Michigan man’s lawsuit challenging a tribal casino project near his land violates constitutional separation of powers principles.

  • April 28, 2017

    Mich. Judge Nixes Slip-And-Fall Suit Against Tribe

    A Michigan federal judge on Thursday tossed a woman's suit over her slip-and-fall accident at a Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians-owned convenience store, saying he didn't have the power to second-guess a tribal court's decision to dismiss her claims.

  • April 28, 2017

    Pipeline Co. Fights Okla. Tribal Landowners' Sanctions Bid

    Enable Midstream Partners LP shot back Thursday against a request from a group of tribal landowners that an Oklahoma federal judge force it to respond to discovery requests and sanction it for refusing to do so in their suit challenging the company’s use of a natural gas pipeline on their property.

  • April 28, 2017

    Mont. Sens. Float Bill To Extend Indian Coal Tax Credit

    The two U.S. senators from Montana on Thursday announced the introduction of legislation to permanently extend a tax credit for coal production on Native American lands, saying it will boost self-determination in Indian Country.

  • April 28, 2017

    Navajo Power Plant Poses Test For Trump's Pro-Coal Stance

    The looming closure of a power plant vital to the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe gives President Donald Trump a chance to save jobs, help rural America and support the coal industry by backing the Navajo's push to keep the facility online through 2029. Although extending the plant's life might dovetail with the Trump administration's priorities, experts say economic realities may make that a lost cause.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Taps Brownstein Hyatt Atty For DOI No. 2 Post

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate David Bernhardt, chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP’s natural resource practice, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency’s No. 2 post.

  • April 28, 2017

    Calif. Tribe Looks To Nix DOI Quick Win Bid In Casino Row

    The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Thursday said the federal government’s own bid for a quick win in the tribe’s challenge of a decision to issue procedures to allow a neighboring tribe's casino project admitted the decision was arbitrary, urging a California federal court to reject the government’s bid.

  • April 27, 2017

    Wash. Judge Keeps Most Claims Against Nooksack Officials

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday largely preserved a suit against Nooksack Tribal Council members and other officials by several tribe members seeking to stave off disenrollment, deferring to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decisions that the council members don’t currently have the authority to represent the tribe.

  • April 27, 2017

    Tribes Say Coast Guard Ship Routes Endanger Killer Whales

    The Tulalip Tribes and the Suquamish Tribe have hit the federal government with a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Coast Guard of imperiling endangered killer whales off the coast of Washington by adopting a traffic separation scheme for oil tankers without consulting the National Marine Fisheries Service.

  • April 27, 2017

    CFPB Sues Tribal Online Lenders For Illegal Debt Collecting

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday announced that it has filed a suit in Illinois federal court against four online lenders owned and incorporated by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Indian tribe, alleging that they deceived customers by collecting debts they weren’t owed legally.

  • April 27, 2017

    NIGC, DOI Slam Tribe's Bid To Beef Up Gambling Suit

    The National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday not to let the Fort Sill Apache Tribe add claims to its suit over the government’s rejection of the tribe's gambling bid, saying the tribe is basing the new claims on a supposed agreement with the agency that never existed.

  • April 27, 2017

    New Mexico And Calif. Sue DOI Over Oil And Gas Royalties

    The states of New Mexico and California on Wednesday sued the federal government for alleged unpaid royalties that should have been paid to the states for producing oil, gas and coal, saying the U.S. Department of the Interior has blocked millions of owed royalties.

  • April 26, 2017

    Trailer Co. Appeals Asset Freeze Tied To Racer's Loan Scam

    The company whose assets are connected to a $1.3 billion judgment against a professional race car driver and alleged payday loan mogul Scott Tucker launched a Ninth Circuit appeal Tuesday in an attempt to undo a Nevada judge’s order keeping it from selling a disputed vehicle trailer that loosely traces back to one of Tucker's companies. 

  • April 26, 2017

    Pueblo Sues Fed. Gov't, Won't Return Grant Money

    The Pueblo of Jemez on Wednesday hit the federal government and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a lawsuit, asking a New Mexico district judge to squash the government’s efforts to re-collect more than a million dollars in grant funds, saying that no improper spending occurred on the part of the tribe.

  • April 26, 2017

    Arapaho Tribe Says Shoshone Can't Step Into DOI Suit

    The Northern Arapaho Tribe on Tuesday urged a Montana federal judge not to allow a tribe it shares its reservation with to intervene in its suit against the federal government in a dispute over control of the tribe's shared reservation, saying the effort came too late and on the eve of final settlement talks.

  • April 26, 2017

    Trump Orders Review Of Antiquities Act Designations

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that launched a review of land and marine national monuments designated for protection under the Antiquities Act during the last two decades, calling the act’s use by previous administrations “abusive.”

  • April 26, 2017

    Mass. Urges 1st Circ. To Rehear Tribe's Bid To Build Casino

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts challenged a First Circuit panel decision reversing a lower court’s ruling that barred a Native American tribe from hosting gambling facilities on its land, asking for rehearing of a single issue in the case.

  • April 25, 2017

    Trump Ordering Review Of Nat'l Monument Designations

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review designations of land and marine national monuments stretching back over 20 years, including former President Barack Obama's controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah in December.

  • April 25, 2017

    Tribal Workers May Face More Suits After Indemnity Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday that a Mohegan Tribe limousine driver doesn’t share the tribe's sovereign immunity and must face claims over an off-reservation car accident rejected the idea that a tribe can shield its employees from litigation by indemnifying them, opening the door for creative suits that circumvent tribal immunity.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • The Need To Preserve And Expand Tribal VAWA Jurisdiction

    Rebecca M. Howlett

    Given the new administration's penchant for rolling back progressive civil rights and social justice victories achieved under the Obama administration, the fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act looms large. VAWA provides crucial protection for Native American women, who are victims of violent crime more than any other demographic, primarily at the hands of non-Natives, says Becky Howlett of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Re-Evaluating The Clean Water Rule: A Long Road Ahead

    Joel C. Beauvais

    Notwithstanding President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a proposed rulemaking to rescind or revise their joint 2015 Clean Water Rule, the current uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s scope is likely to remain for the foreseeable future, say Joel Beauvais and Claudia O’Brien of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.