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Native American

  • July 18, 2018

    DOI Opposes Kan. Tribe's Water Deal Before Senate Panel

    A U.S. Department of the Interior official told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday that the department can’t support a bill that would quantify the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas’ water rights, as the tribe’s chairman and a Kansas senator urged the committee to cement the water rights deal between the tribe and the state.

  • July 18, 2018

    ND Tells 8th Circ. Voting Law Didn't Target Native Voters

    The state of North Dakota on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to lift a federal judge's injunction that blocked portions of a 2017 state voter identification law for discriminating against Native American voters, saying the law is constitutional and the state didn't target those voters with it.

  • July 18, 2018

    US Bank Can't Dodge Most Claims In Sham Tribal Bonds Suit

    US Bank NA must face the bulk of a lawsuit from several pension funds alleging that its mistakes cost them $25 million in a sham tribal bond offering, after a South Dakota federal judge ruled that there were questions as to whether the bank acted properly as an indenture trustee.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Wis. Tribe To Head Native American Suit Over Equifax Breach

    The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a putative class action against Equifax Inc., alleging that the tribe was harmed by the credit reporting agency's inability to keep confidential information secure, filing not only on behalf of itself but also on behalf of all other federally recognized tribes.

  • July 17, 2018

    Washoe Tribe Insists It's Shielded From Doc's Firing Suit

    The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California pressed a Nevada federal court Monday to toss a suit brought by a tribe member who was the head physician at the tribe’s health center for over a decade, saying the tribe is immune from claims he was illegally fired for serving overseas in the military.

  • July 17, 2018

    Gaming Cos. Urge Fla. Court To Find 'Pre-Reveal' Slots Legal

    Purveyors of so-called pre-reveal gaming machines argued before a Florida appeals court Tuesday that the devices should not be covered by a state law restricting slot machines, in a case that could carry major implications for gambling in the state.

  • July 17, 2018

    Energy Dept. Kicks Off $2B Tribal Loan Guarantee Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday launched a loan guarantee program worth up to $2 billion that is intended to help spur energy development and attract private lending in Native American communities, according to a department statement.

  • July 17, 2018

    HHS-Funded Tribal Facility Biased Against Whites, Suit Says

    Four former administrators at the Toiyabe Indian Health Project filed suit in California federal court against the Indian Health Service alleging that they were discriminated against because they are white, arguing they were subject to harassment and that some of their nonwhite replacements were less qualified.

  • July 17, 2018

    Tribe Asks DC Circ. To Halt FCC Lifeline Subsidy Changes

    A Native American tribe has asked the D.C. Circuit to stay a Federal Communications Commission's decision meant to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet for low-income Americans, arguing that the move will instead cut off important subsidies telecommunication providers need to reach rural tribal members. 

  • July 16, 2018

    SD Can't Collect Excise Tax From Tribe's Casino Renovation

    South Dakota can no longer impose an excise tax on a Native American tribe’s casino renovation project, but the tribe cannot sue the state in federal court for a refund of the amount it was already forced to pay, according to a district court ruling Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    DOI Beats Challenge To North Fork Casino Project Green Light

    The U.S. Department of the Interior didn't violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by allowing North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to operate slot machines and banking card games in a casino on nonreservation land, a California federal judge ruled, tossing a challenge to the decision from two nearby, existing card rooms.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pai Rejects Sen.'s Concern Tribes Lacked Input On 5G Rule

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rebuffed a Democratic senator's concerns the agency didn’t adequately consult with Native American tribes before making a rule change allowing wireless carriers to sidestep historic preservation and environmental reviews for the small-cell fixtures used for next-generation 5G networks.

  • July 16, 2018

    Developer Bulldozed Native American Remains, Calif. DA Says

    Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig’s office in California announced on Friday a lawsuit accusing the owners and developers of a residential development in West Sacramento of bulldozing Native American human remains during construction.

  • July 16, 2018

    Tribal Business Wants Out Of California Cigarette Tax Laws

    A business entity of the Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians filed suit against the California attorney general in federal court asking for a declaration that it is not subject to certain state tax requirements on the sale of tobacco products.

  • July 13, 2018

    Feds Oppose High Court Review Of Tribes' Housing Grant Bid

    The federal government has urged the Supreme Court to deny the Lummi Tribe's petition for a high court review of a Federal Circuit decision that didn’t go in its and other Native American agencies’ favor, arguing the appeals court correctly concluded that a certain housing assistance act doesn’t control grant awards.

  • July 13, 2018

    Enviros Seek Quick Win In Suit Over Enbridge Spill Plan OK

    The National Wildlife Federation on Thursday continued to urge a Michigan federal judge to hand it a quick win on its claims that the U.S. Department of Transportation unlawfully approved Enbridge Energy’s oil spill response plans for a Wisconsin-to-Ontario pipeline without properly reviewing whether those plans squared with federal environmental statutes.

  • July 13, 2018

    Tribes Talking With New Potential Owner For Power Plant

    The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe have said they have been in talks with two companies to possibly take over the ownership and operation of the Navajo Generating Station, a massive 2,250-megawatt coal-fired power plant.

  • July 13, 2018

    House Pushes Through Fed. Water Facility Title Transfer Bill

    A piece of bipartisan legislation aimed at making it easier for nonfederal entities like Native American tribes and local utilities to acquire title transfers for federal water facilities has passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, according to congressional leaders.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ex-General Counsel Of Florida Tribe Disbarred

    The Florida Supreme Court has permanently disbarred the former general counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians who allegedly had perpetuated “massive fraud” on South Florida federal and state courts.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Question On Tribal Fishing Rights For High Court

    Corrie Plant

    Based on recent oral arguments in Washington v. United States — a case involving the off-reservation fishing rights of 21 Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest — it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court will likely announce some standard of what constitutes violation of these tribal rights, says Corrie Plant of Bick Law LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 9 Things To Know About Native American Law In 2018: Part 2

    Donald Pongrace

    This year has brought a number of major developments in Native American law that should be closely watched, including legislation to combat the opioid epidemic in Indian Country, and water settlement funding in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Time To Express Interest In Federal Water Infrastructure Loans

    Alison Torbitt

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued its notice of funding availability for 2018 projects under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. Attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP discuss the types of projects most likely to get funded and steps to increase the likelihood of selection.

  • 9 Things To Know About Native American Law In 2018: Part 1

    Donald Pongrace

    This year has brought a number of major developments in Native American law that should be closely watched, including the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act's recent failure in the Senate and preparations for the largest reorganization of the U.S. Department of the Interior in the agency's history, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Spending Bill Includes Unique Path To Conservation Goals

    John Andrews

    Buried deep inside the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation reviving the formerly expired Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act offers opportunities for potential purchasers of federal public lands, while also creating a source of funding for important conservation transactions, says John Andrews of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.