A federal judge on Thursday freed the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and one of the BIA's regional directors from accusations of supporting a "mock" California tribe that is allegedly genealogically and historically inaccurate and thereby interfering with the so-called genuine tribe's self-determination.
U.S. Reps. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., again floated a bill Wednesday to form a foundation that raises private funding to help the federal government more quickly and effectively clean up mines, citing the Gold King Mine spill as an example of the need for boosted financial aid.
The president of the Seneca Nation on Thursday said that the federally recognized tribe will no longer make payments of about $115 million a year to the state of New York under their tribal-state gambling compact, saying that the 2002 deal clearly called for an end to the payments after 14 years.
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to let it add claims to a suit over the National Indian Gaming Commission’s rejection of the tribe's gambling bid, saying a recent court ruling backed the tribe’s contention that the NIGC issued a new decision in January the tribe can challenge in court.
The Navajo Nation has accused the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court of improperly rejecting most of a roughly $17 million funding request for its judicial branch, the latest installment in a back-and-forth about how much money the tribe is entitled to for the branch’s operation.
Four former Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians officials whom the tribe has accused of leading a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to dismiss the tribe's challenge to a lower court's refusal to freeze their assets.
ING Bank said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to sell its $120 million stake in the loan financing Dakota Access LLC’s controversial crude oil pipeline to an undisclosed buyer, after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe urged the bank to do so as a message.
A federal judge Tuesday tossed False Claims Act allegations that a former health executive asserted against the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington, but let his claims against a health clinic and three individuals carry on.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a petition by a Michigan man seeking to revive his challenge to a tribal casino project near his land, saying a federal law enacted to block suits opposing the project isn’t unconstitutional.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash the Department of Interior’s budget by $1.5 billion, saying planned cuts to programs that address climate change contradict the president's commitments to infrastructure spending made on the campaign trail.
A California county urged the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to overturn a lower court ruling backing the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to take land into trust for the Mechoopda Indian Tribe’s proposed casino, saying the department ignored evidence that didn’t jibe with its intention to approve the project.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch pushed back Tuesday at attacks on his record and rebuked President Donald Trump’s comments on the judiciary as he sought to persuade a Senate panel to advance his nomination to the nation's highest court.
The state of Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, reintroduced a bill Tuesday to grant federal recognition to six Native American tribes that have been recognized by the state, hoping to succeed where several previous incarnations of the bill have failed.
Dakota Access LLC filed a heavily redacted report with a D.C. federal court Monday about the progress of its nearly completed pipeline on federal land in North Dakota, saying most of the document had to be filed under seal because of “recent coordinated physical attacks along the pipeline" threatening “life, physical safety, and the environment."
The state of Texas asked for permission Tuesday to join a Wyoming federal court case in which three western states and two industry groups are challenging a new Bureau of Land Management rule aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands.
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians cost a casino management company $21 million in lost revenue by not following through with an agreement to let it run the tribe’s casino, the Blackwood Holdings-backed company has alleged in California federal court.
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Monday it will allow a member of the Sioux Indian Tribe of South Dakota to proceed with his claim that he didn’t receive his full share of the landmark $3.4 billion Cobell settlement over the alleged federal mismanagement of Native American trust funds.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation have each urged the Ninth Circuit to affirm a lower court’s ruling that they didn't cut any corners on environmental reviews when they greenlighted a Phoenix-area highway project.
A Washington federal judge on Monday granted an emergency request by the Quileute Tribe to temporarily block the first day of unrestricted halibut fishing by tribes in the region because of bad weather on the coast that would give inland tribes an unfair advantage, despite pushback from three tribes who said weather forecasts don’t normally demand a delay across the board.
Environmentalists and a law professor on Tuesday filed an ethics complaint with the Oklahoma Bar Association against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, alleging he misled Congress about his use of a personal email address to conduct business during his tenure as Oklahoma's attorney general.
Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.
The current eight-member U.S. Supreme Court will examine two Native American cases early this year, and may hear additional cases following the confirmation of a ninth justice. Thomas Gede of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses the most important cases to pay attention to, including Lewis v. Clarke and Lee v. Tam.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.
After decades of negotiation, the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana has successfully moved its water settlement through the House of Representatives, thanks in part to the new "Bishop Criteria" for Indian water settlement legislation. Although the new process is difficult and exacting, it nonetheless provides a path where none existed before, says Ryan Smith of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
Historically, the legality of growing industrial hemp has been complicated by the commodity's classification as a Schedule 1 drug. As the movement for national legalization marches on, tribes interested in growing hemp should take steps to ensure that they do not lose ground relative to non-Indian farmers, says Michael Reif of Robins Kaplan LLP.
The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.
In part 2 of this three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP highlights decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. In particular, these cases reflect issues common to the energy-producing states as well as additional Endangered Species Act decisions.
Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.