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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court (3/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A case before a federal appeals court could upend an historic adoption law meant to combat centuries of brutal discrimination against American...
article Court Fights Intensify Over Who Gets To Adopt Native American Children (3/18/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A case before a federal appeals court last week could upend an historic adoption law meant to combat centuries of brutal discrimination against...
article 'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (3/17/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Tribal leaders expressed optimism after a federal appeals court here heard arguments in a case that will determine the fate of the Indian Child Welfare...
article MORON ALERT: AG Landry protecting Louisiana children, including Native American kids (3/17/2019)
(Louisiana) -- As a mother of four, a former special counsel for Indian Affairs in the Governor’s Office, and now Louisiana’s solicitor general — I was...
article BAKER: Sovereign rights at stake in ICWA case (3/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native children are removed from their homes at a higher rate than most of their peers. Nonetheless, in the recent Texas v. Bernhardt case, U.S....
article Court case centers on Native American children in foster care (3/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing...
article Paxton targets U.S. law limiting adoptions of Indian children (3/15/2019)
(Texas) -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has made it a priority to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act, enacted in 1978 after Congress identified “alarmingly...
article 'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (3/14/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Tribal leaders expressed optimism after a federal appeals court here heard arguments in a case that will determine the fate of the Indian Child Welfare...
article Appeals court hears case on adoptions of Native Americans (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and...
article Appeals court hears Texas case challenging Indian Child Welfare Act; Judge says ‘They are not your children … they are the children of the tribes’ (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 13 for the Brackeen v. Bernhardt case. The plaintiffs, who won at the district court...
article Fifth Circuit Takes Up Indian Child Welfare Act Adoption Law (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Attorneys representing Native American tribes told a panel of Fifth Circuit judges Wednesday that a 1978 law that gives preference to Native American...
article Indian Child Welfare Act supporters: Law needed to ‘rectify those past wrongs’ (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional...
article Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Ahead of a critical court hearing here, leaders of Indian Country organizations called for the reversal of a judge's decision that struck down the...
article Judge challenges Native American custody law (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the...
article Welfare Of Native American Kids At Center Of Adoption, Foster Care Case (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the...
article Court case centers on Native American kids in foster care (3/12/2019)
(New Orleans) -- A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the...
article BAKER: Sovereign rights at stake in ICWA case (3/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Native children are removed from their homes at a higher rate than most of their peers. Nonetheless, in the recent Texas v. Bernhardt case, U.S. District...
17 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Federal, state rulings favor Ramapough nation in Mahwah (3/19/2019)
(New Jersey) -- In separate but related rulings issued Monday, state and federal agencies have taken actions favoring the Ramapough Lenape Nation based in the township....
article Justice Department: Ramapough Indians' Denial Of Religious Freedom Complaint Should Proceed (3/19/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A denial of religious freedom complaint filed by the Ramapough Mountain Indians against the township of Mahwah is ready to be heard, the U.S. Justice...
article Feds File Statement of Interest in Native American Religious Land Use Case filed Against Mahwah (3/18/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting claims by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (...
article FCC, Indian Tribes Face Off Over Small-Cell Equipment Sites (3/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a dozen American Indian tribes and an environmental advocacy group are heading to court to fight a Federal Communications Commission move...
article Tribes Vie at DC Circuit for Input on Telecom Work (3/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission may have overplayed the agency’s hand Friday at the D.C. Circuit in denying that a 2018...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article COMMENTARY: Let’s talk about the Oliphant in the room (3/19/2019)
(North Carolina) -- This commentary isn’t about the mythical creature from Tolkien stories but a landmark federal case that has adversely affected tribal...
article MOSES: Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices (3/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Trump’s 2 Supreme Court picks on opposite sides in 2 cases (3/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday. The two...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Peck

article Poplar man not guilty of animal cruelty in case of 15 dead horses found on Fort Peck Reservation (3/18/2019)
(Montana) -- A jury in Roosevelt County has acquitted a Poplar man of six animal cruelty charges after prosecutors accused him of being responsible for the deaths of 15...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Nova Scotia court grants injunction against Mi'kmaw protester at Alton Gas site (3/18/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- A judge has granted a temporary order that requires an Indigenous man and others camped on a Nova Scotia company's property to move their protest....
article Alton Gas asks court for order to remove Mi’kmaw protestors from Shubenacadie River site (3/13/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- A group of 40-50 people opposed to a plan by Alton Natural Gas Storage Inc. to dump brine into the Shubenacadie River packed a courtroom in Halifax...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case (3/17/2019)
(Washington) -- The Frank's Landing Indian Community cannot engage in gaming on its homelands in Washington state, a federal appeals court ruled this week. While...
1 Article on this Issue

Tigua Tribe

article Tiguas face another legal setback in Casino case (3/16/2019)
(Texas) -- The state of Texas is still pushing to remove gaming machines from Speaking Rock Entertainment Center. The move comes after the Tigua Tribe filed a motion for...
1 Article on this Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline

article Court upholds ruling that bars Keystone XL pipeline work (3/15/2019)
(Montana) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana judge's ruling barring construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada had asked the...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Ottawa heading to trial in class action lawsuit by residential school day scholars (3/15/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is heading to trial next month over a class action lawsuit involving students who attended residential schools during the day in which its lawyers...
article Case involving compensation for residential school survivor moves forward (3/14/2019)
(Ontario) -- A lawyer representing a residential school survivor say a judge has ruled in her client's favour. But before the case can proceed, an administrative...
article What you need to know about the Indian Day School settlement (3/14/2019)
(Ottawa) -- There are still questions from many former Indian Day School students and their families about who is eligible for compensation after the federal government...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Supreme Court affirms ousting of Anglen as candidate (3/14/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court opinion issued March 14 affirmed the Election Commission’s earlier decision to prevent longtime Tribal Councilor Buel...
1 Article on this Issue

Covington

article Cooper: Lawsuits to right media ship? (3/14/2019)
(Tennessee) -- Could a 16-year-old Catholic school student be the catalyst that returns the national media from advocacy back to impartial journalism?
article The Legal Argument in Nicholas Sandmann’s Defamation Lawsuits Is Basically “MAGA” (3/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Nicholas Sandmann, the high school student at the center of the viral Lincoln Memorial confrontation in January, wants to “punish” CNN...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Sands Corp.

article APNewsBreak: Vegas Sands-Macau dealmaker settle 15-year case (3/14/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- A settlement Thursday ended a 15-year breach-of-contract battle between Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open...
article Las Vegas Sands, Suen millions of dollars apart at civil trial’s start (3/13/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Attorneys for Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen and Las Vegas Sands Corp. disagreed Wednesday over how much Suen should be compensated for helping the...
article Vegas Sands lawyer puts breach damages at $3.76M (3/13/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- An attorney for Las Vegas Sands Corp. says a Hong Kong businessman deserves a fraction of the $347 million he’s seeking for breach-of-contract...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Wire Act

article Numerous States File to Support New Hampshire Wire Act Case (3/14/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- When the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel revealed its new opinion regarding the Wire Act in January, it was more than a little...
article Michigan Attorney General part of national effort to protect state lottery revenue (3/13/2019)
(Michigan) -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal court to reject a recent opinion by the U.S. Department of Justice that says online state...
article New Jersey Muscles In On New Hampshire’s Bid To Preserve Online Gambling (3/12/2019)
(New Jersey) -- Attorneys for New Jersey are soon scheduled to file papers in protest of the January opinion from the Department of Justice that took a new look at The...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Wynn Resorts

article Gaming regulators will receive Wynn Resorts investigation report Friday (3/14/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming regulators will receive their own investigators’ report into the sexual misconduct allegations against former casino magnate Steve...
article Settlement paves way for release of Wynn report (3/14/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION released a lightly redacted legal settlement with Steve Wynn on Thursday that paves the way for the unveiling of a...
article Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Officials About Opportunity Zones After Stock Sale (3/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Former casino executive Steve Wynn generated $2.1 billion and a big potential tax bill last March when he was forced to sell his stake in Wynn...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Allergan Patent

article States Unlikely to Enjoy Sovereign Immunity at PTO (3/13/2019)
(New York) -- Prestigious research universities that develop their own patents appear no more likely to enjoy sovereign immunity at the Patent and Trademark Office than...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article North Florida’s Racetrack Bingo Ordered to Forfeit $6 Million Over Illegal Gambling Racket that Defrauded Local Charities (3/13/2019)
(Florida) -- The owners of Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, have been ordered to forfeit $6 million to the federal government after being convicted last...
1 Article on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Gov't adviser presents 'guide' to understand the end of casino (sub)concessions (3/13/2019)
(Macau) -- At a time when several voices are complaining about the government’s lack of information about what it intends to do with the end of the casino...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Corps fights tribal request for more pipeline study records (3/12/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials who permitted the Dakota Access oil pipeline are turning over some documents sought by American Indian tribes suing over the project...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article 3 Native American inmates win right to long hair in Texas (3/19/2019)
(Texas) -- Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit...
article Nunavut court overturns decision for mom who punched daughter (3/19/2019)
(North Canada) -- A mother won't have a criminal record for repeatedly punching her daughter after the Nunavut Court of Justice overturned a decision by a community...
article Ninth Circuit Holds Tribal Employers Can Sue Non-Member Employees in Tribal Court for Torts Committed in the Scope of Employment (3/18/2019)
(California) -- Throughout the United States, tribal governments and businesses employ thousands of non-Native Americans. Indeed, in many rural counties, the largest...
article Tribal members receive free legal services from Columbia Law students (3/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A group of students from Columbia Law School in New York is spending their spring break offering free legal services to Oklahomans in need. Seven students...
article Alberta First Nation votes to accept $150M settlement over mismanaged cattle (3/17/2019)
(Alberta) -- Members of a southern Alberta First Nation have voted to accept a $150-million settlement from the federal government. The Blood Tribe filed a claim nearly...
article ATV protest ride leader turned lawmaker told to pay up (3/16/2019)
(Utah) -- Now that former San Juan County commissioner Phil Lyman is getting a government stipend as a state lawmaker, federal prosecutors want him to speed up paying...
article OPINION: Tribal council violated authority in removal of judge (3/15/2019)
(Alaska) -- This is probably tribal corruption at its best. One of the many executive directors the tribe went though last year wanted the federal authorities to...
article Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death (3/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The daughter of a Lakota woman who died after she was found severely beaten and unconscious near South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in...
article Tara Reid May Have Her ‘Sharknado’ Lawsuit Dismissed (3/14/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Actress Tara Reid is at risk if having her $100 million ‘Sharknado’ lawsuit dismissed if she doesn’t take action. The 43-year-old...
article Man injured by RCMP still fighting for full settlement (3/14/2019)
(New Brunswick) -- A British Columbia man continues to fight for more of the money he won in a judgement against the RCMP. Robert Wright, who now lives in New Brunswick...
article Premier's comments about MMF, Hydro deals focus of court fight in judicial review (3/13/2019)
(Manitoba) -- The provincial government and Manitoba Hydro are trying to "cherry pick" portions of a sworn affidavit filed by Manitoba Métis Federation president David...
article Alberta’s Blood Tribe votes to accept $150M settlement over mismanaged cattle (3/13/2019)
(Alberta) -- Members of a southern Alberta First Nation have voted to accept a $150-million settlement from the federal government. The Blood Tribe filed a claim nearly...
press release U.S. and Tribes Stand Together to Protect Native Children and Uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (3/13/2019)
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments today in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, in which the United States and tribal nations stand together in defense of...
article Covington Catholic’s Nicholas Sandmann Files $275 Million Defamation Suit Against CNN (3/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Nicholas Sandmann, a Kentucky high-school student who was at the center of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder in Washington, D.C.,...
article Blood Tribe members to vote on historic $150M cattle mismanagement settlement from Ottawa (3/11/2019)
(Alberta) -- Members of the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta will vote Monday on whether to ratify a $150-million settlement with the federal government over concerns the...
article Konami out of luck at Fed Circuit in slot machine patent fight (3/11/2019)
(USA) -- A federal appeals court on Monday invalidated patents on computerized slot machine features that Konami Gaming Inc had accused rival High 5 Games LLC of...
article Five-Decade Fraudster Gets 10 Years For Tribal Bond Scam (sub req) (3/9/2019)
(New York) -- A Manhattan federal judge sentenced career crook John Galanis, who was first convicted of fraud in 1973, to 10 years in prison on Friday for his role in a...
article Florida Lawyer Wrongfully Convicted Over $300 Million ‘Gambling Ring’ Turns Tables on Prosecutors With $50 Million Lawsuit (3/7/2019)
(Florida) -- A lawyer wrongfully imprisoned in 2014 for being the “mastermind” of a $300 million Florida “gambling ring” is suing the state...
article Family of man shot by Fresno police awarded $4.75 million by federal civil jury (3/6/2019)
(California) -- A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $4.75 million to the family of a 45-year-old man who was fatally shot by Fresno police in 2015. The family of...
article Lawyer sues Bondi, other officials over prosecution (3/6/2019)
(Florida) -- A Florida attorney once accused of leading a $300 million gambling ring only to have his case thrown out years later is now suing the people who prosecuted...

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