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Mining & Drilling

article Scheer says he'd fast-track pipeline challenges straight to Supreme Court (9/19/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A Conservative government would overcome legal objections to building new petroleum pipelines by fast-tracking any cases right to the Supreme Court...
article Tribe, Enviros Urge 9th Circ. To Undo BLM Mining Permit Win (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(Alaska) -- An Alaskan Indian village and conservation groups have told the Ninth Circuit that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal environmental laws when it...
article B.C. First Nation granted injunction to stop Taseko exploratory drilling (9/9/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction has been granted to stop Taseko Mines Ltd. from carrying out exploratory drilling near Teztan Biny...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Army Corps Says It Doesn't Owe ND For DAPL Protests (sub req) (9/18/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urged a federal judge to throw out North Dakota's suit seeking $38 million for the agency's alleged failure to...
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Enbridge Pipeline

article Native American, environmental groups lose round in court battle over Enbridge Line 3. (9/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A setback for Native American and environmental groups opposing Enbridge's proposed Line 3, as the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday, let stand lower...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article Magic City Casino lawsuit against the City of Miami to move forward (9/18/2019)
(Florida) -- A controversial plan to offer more gambling options in Miami fell apart this past April when the city suddenly decided to rewrite its zoning codes. That...
1 Article on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Crowd expected Wednesday for Illinois Supreme Court hearings at Lewis and Clark (9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Almost 1,000 people will get a chance to see the state’s highest court in action Wednesday when the Illinois Supreme Court hears oral arguments on...
article Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino hit with class action over worker fingerprint scans (9/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- The operators of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino in Elgin have been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing them of violating an Illinois biometrics...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline

article Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments (9/18/2019)
(Montana) -- Attorneys for Montana Indian tribes argued before a federal judge Thursday that a construction permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline violates federal...
article Judge Hears Trump Administration Request To Dismiss Keystone Pipeline Lawsuit (9/13/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge presided over a hearing this week in Great Falls that focused on a Trump administration request to dismiss a lawsuit from Native...
article US seeks to dismiss tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline (9/11/2019)
(Montana) -- Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed...
article U.S. seeks dismissal of Native American tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline (9/10/2019)
(Montana) -- Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil...
article Keystone opponents dig in after NE Supreme Court ruling (9/9/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Some Nebraska landowners and tribal nations are committed to fight TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, after the Nebraska Supreme Court's...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Arizona part of opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma (9/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- Arizona is among the more than two dozen states and 2,000-plus other governmental entities that have reached a tentative legal settlement with OxyContin...
article Purdue Says 'Lives, Dollars' At Stake In Bankruptcy Case (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Besieged opioid maker Purdue Pharma LP made its first appearance in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday, winning approval to pay almost $2 million to key...
article Purdue Pharma, Accused Of Fueling Opioid Crisis, Files For Chapter 11 (9/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night, just days after striking a settlement with more than 2,000...
article Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle opioid lawsuits. Here is what we know (9/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, said it has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle lawsuits accusing the company of fueling...
article Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question. (9/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part...
article Lawsuits Highlight Government Failures In Opioid Crisis (9/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- As the cases proceed, critics say blame for the addiction crisis should be shared by government officials, who saw that opioid sales were skyrocketing...
article Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge (9/14/2019)
(Ohio) -- Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal...
article ‘Tactic 8’ in the secret drug industry plan to defeat the DEA: Find a champion in Congress (9/14/2019)
(Ohio) -- Newly unsealed documents in a landmark civil case in Cleveland provide clues to one of the most enduring mysteries of the opioid epidemic: How were drug...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Next federal government will face unresolved class action lawsuits from residential school era (9/18/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Two major unresolved class action cases from the Indian residential school era will face the next government, and may be a test of its commitment to...
1 Article on this Issue

Trans Mountain

article Court of appeal tells B.C. to reconsider Trans Mountain environmental conditions (9/17/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Court of Appeal has instructed the province to reconsider its environmental assessment certificate and conditions issued for the Trans...
article Court throws out Trans Mountain pipeline challenge from City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation (9/17/2019)
(British Columbia) -- B.C.'s Supreme Court has dismissed legal challenges to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project from the City of Vancouver and the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Anger as Mashpee Recall Election Cancelled Amid Growing Concerns Over Casino Money (9/16/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a Mashpee Wampanoag council member has vowed to obtain injunctive relief from the tribal court after a recall election to decide the...
1 Article on this Issue

Mohegan Tribe

article Mohegan Sun sues Ottawa Senators owner for $900K (9/15/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun is suing Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, saying he tried and failed to pay them with bank drafts totaling $900,00 in March 2017. New...
1 Article on this Issue

Meskwaki Tribe

article Iowa court rules on Meskwaki settlement jurisdiction case (9/14/2019)
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says state courts have jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Meskwaki Settlement when the crimes are committed by non-American...
article Iowa Supreme Court rules crimes on Meskwaki Settlement not involving tribe members should be prosecuted by state (9/14/2019)
(Iowa) -- Crimes committed on Iowa's Meskwaki Settlement not involving tribe members should be prosecuted by the state, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. A debate...
article Court rules on Meskwaki settlement jurisdiction case (9/13/2019)
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says state courts have jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Meskwaki Settlement when the crimes are committed by non-American...
article Justices: State courts have jurisdiction over crimes on Meskwaki settlement involving nontribal members (9/13/2019)
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court Friday overruled a Tama County magistrate’s order dismissing trespassing and drug charges against a Marshalltown woman because he...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article U.S. casino sues Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk for more than $900K (9/14/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A casino in Connecticut is suing Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk for more than $900,000, saying he tried and failed to pay them with bank drafts...
article Mohegan Sun seeking to recover $900,000 from NHL team owner (9/13/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun is suing the owner of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators over a $900,000 gambling debt. The casino, in a suit filed in June...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Commission

article Lawsuit filed against news organizations (9/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- John Dossett, former general counsel to the National Congress of American Indians, is suing High Country News, Indianz.com and Indian Country Today...
1 Article on this Issue

Menominee Tribe

article Oshkosh arena developer is accused of securities fraud in civil lawsuit that reveals plans for casino, hotel (9/13/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- A local businessman has accused the developer of the Menominee Nation Arena of securities fraud and misrepresentation, while also revealing some of the...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Ex-Creek chief pleads guilty in bribery scheme (9/13/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Former Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger could serve more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to a bribery scheme...
article Former Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger pleads guilty to bribery charge (9/13/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Phillip Tiger pleaded guilty Friday to one count of bribery related to his acceptance of nearly $62,...
article Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger to enter guilty plea to bribery charge (9/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Phillip Tiger is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court Friday after being charged in August with...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Rhode Island Gaming

article Plaintiff lost money on Patriots, sues state again to stop sports gambling (9/13/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- Onetime Republican Providence mayoral candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop says he lost a previously undisclosed bet on the New England Patriots last year,...
1 Article on this Issue

Yakama Nation

article 3 months since 5 killed in White Swan; still no murder charges (9/13/2019)
(Washington) -- Three months since mass murder of five individuals in White Swan prosecutors have still not charged anyone with the killings. James and Donovan Cloud...
1 Article on this Issue

Washington, D.C. Gaming

article Small Business Owner Shut Out of DC Sports Betting Considers Lawsuit (9/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- When D.C. leaders approved a plan to bring sports betting to the District, they said they wanted local small businesses to get in on the action. Now...
1 Article on this Issue

Cayuga Indian Nation

article State's highest court hears internal Cayuga Nation dispute (9/11/2019)
(New York) -- The state’s highest court heard arguments in Albany Sept. 5 on the long-standing internal dispute between two rival factions of the Cayuga Nation. A...
1 Article on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article The Coeur d’Alene Tribe prevails in water rights appeal before Idaho Supreme Court (9/11/2019)
(Idaho) -- On Thursday September 5, 2019, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe prevailed in its claims for water rights before the Idaho Supreme Court in the Coeur d’...
1 Article on this Issue

California Gaming

article Gambling Group Can't Get Involved In Tribes' Card Game Fight [sub req] (9/10/2019)
(California) -- A California federal judge won't take another look at his refusal to let a nontribal gambling trade group intervene in three tribes' suit over...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Kwanlin Dün partners in program to help people with FASD in justice system (9/10/2019)
(North Canada) -- Yukon's Kwanlin Dün First Nation is partnering in a new program aimed at helping Indigenous people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) navigate...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Attorneys for Navajo man file stay of execution (9/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for Lezmond Mitchell filed a motion for stay of execution with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Sept. 9. Mitchell was convicted...
1 Article on this Issue

Phil Ivey

article Phil Ivey's Backers Dan Cates, Illya Trincher Seeking Their Share Of World Series Of Poker Winnings (9/10/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- A couple of weeks ago, reports surfaced that Phil Ivey’s eighth-place cash of $124,410 in the 2019 WSOP was confiscated by US Marshals as payment...
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado Gaming

article Former employee of Wildwood Casino accuses employer of firing her after she reported sexual harassment (9/9/2019)
(Colorado) -- A former employee of Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek is suing the company for failing to take action when a casino regular sexually harassed her and other...
1 Article on this Issue

Flandreau Santee Sioux

article South Dakota Tribal Casino Expansion Work Subject to $480K Excise Tax, Circuit Court Rules (9/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A federal appellate court ruled last week that the state of South Dakota did have the right to apply an excise tax on nontribal contractor who...
article FILINGS: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe v. Haeder (9/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The legal text from a September 6, 2019 filing by Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, a Federally-recognized Indian tribe, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Josh Haeder...
article FILINGS: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe v. Noem (9/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The legal text from a September 6, 2019 filing by Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Kristi Noem...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Minority contractors claiming to be ‘Native American’ to undergo nationwide review (9/18/2019)
(USA) -- Federal, state and local authorities are intensifying scrutiny of minority contracting programs across the country in the wake of a Times investigation that...
article Appeal Court sides with Pictou Landing First Nation in Boat Harbour dispute (9/18/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Pictou Landing First Nation has won another legal battle with the Nova Scotia government over consultations for the Northern Pulp Mill.
article Program for Native students fights eviction, sues Seattle school district (9/18/2019)
(Washington) -- The relationship between Seattle’s Native American community and the local school district was supposed to have gotten better.
article Kevin Hart faces $60 million lawsuit over 2017 Las Vegas hotel room recording (9/18/2019)
(USA) -- Kevin Hart faces a $60 million lawsuit after model and actress Montia Sabbag accused the comedian of negligence, infliction of emotional distress and invasion...
article DC Circ. Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday tossed legal challenges to the Obama administration's signature climate change plan, accepting the U.S....
article States, Enviros Push Calif. Judge To Enforce EPA Landfill Rule (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(California) -- States and environmentalists on Monday urged a California federal judge to stick to his guns and force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to...
article Calif. Tribe Says Feds Ignoring Calls For Recognition Of Gov't (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(California) -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming in D.C. federal court the agency has failed to respond to...
article Decision to be made on IPI discrimination lawsuit shortly (9/17/2019)
(Marianas) -- A discrimination lawsuit filed against Imperial Pacific International from the company’s former director of operations has been placed under...
article NARF’s Echohawk On Protecting Tribal Rights (9/16/2019)
(Colorado) -- Almost half a century after helping to found the Native American Rights Fund in 1971 as a young lawyer, John E. Echohawk is still working to advance the...
article Class action alleging discrimination by RCMP in North growing, says lawyer (9/16/2019)
(Alberta) -- There is steady interest in joining a $600-million class action lawsuit claiming RCMP discrimination against Indigenous people in the North, according to...
article Woman sues Portland non-profit that serves Native youth, says officials bungled response to sexual assault (9/13/2019)
(Oregon) -- A former foster child who attended cultural programs at a Portland center for Native youth and graduated from its alternative school is suing the non-profit...
article Opioid Reckoning Hits Money Managers (sub req) (9/13/2019)
(Wall Street) -- Exposure to drug companies with potential liabilities stemming from widespread opioid addiction is damaging investment returns at several money managers...
article Woman sues Portland non-profit that serves Native youth, says officials bungled response to sexual assault (9/13/2019)
(Oregon) -- A former foster child who attended cultural programs at a Portland center for Native youth and graduated from its alternative school is suing the non-profit...
article Former Foster Child Sues Native American Youth and Family Center, Alleging It Failed to Protect Her From Sexual Assaults in 2007 (9/11/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Native American Youth and Family Center faces a $750,000 lawsuit alleging it failed to protect a student from multiple sexual assaults. The plaintiff, a...
article Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence (9/11/2019)
(Nebraska) -- A judge in Nebraska sentenced a 20-year-old Santee Sioux man to 30-50 years for assaulting an officer during an encounter in March 2018 that ended with the...
article BLOG: Indian Tribe Sues Over Exclusion From Committee Dealing With Ancestors' Remains (9/11/2019)
(Texas) -- A lawsuit was filed yesterday in a Texas federal district court by a non-federally recognized Indian tribe against Texas officials involved in redevelopment...
article Former Colorado Casino Worker Forced Out of Job for Reporting Sex Attack by Customer, Lawsuit Claims (9/11/2019)
(Colorado) -- A wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed against the Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado, by a former female employee alleges casino management “...
article Tribal Council Says Alamo Management Violated Religious Freedom (9/10/2019)
(Texas) -- An indigenous nation, a member of its tribal council and the San Antonio Missions Cemetery Association filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday morning against the...
article SD Supreme Court to hear argument in GEAR UP appeal (9/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Charles Mix County court's 2018 decision to grant summary judgment to the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative will be contested before the South...
article Man set to be executed in Terre Haute files request for stay, claims racial bias among jurors (9/10/2019)
(Indiana) -- One of the five death row inmates set to have their sentences carried out in Terre Haute has asked for a stay of execution, citing a potential racial bias...

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