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AIM

article American Indian Movement leader charged with felony for toppling Columbus statue at Minnesota State Capitol (8/13/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A prominent American Indian Movement (AIM) leader has been charged with felony destruction of property for his alleged role in toppling a Christopher...
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American Gaming Association

article American Gaming Assn. Wants Congress To Shield Casinos from COVID Liabilities (8/13/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed a bill into law earlier this week that offered protections for casinos and other businesses from liabilities...
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Citizen Potawatomi

article Tribe faces wrongful termination lawsuit from man who criticized mask ordinance (8/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Republican candidate for state Senate alleges he was fired from his job with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for opposing a local mask mandate in a public...
article Tribe faces wrongful termination lawsuit from man who criticized mask ordinance (8/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Republican candidate for state Senate alleges he was fired from his job with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for opposing a local mask mandate in a public...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article COVID-19 Settlement by Culinary Union, MGM Resorts Was Predictable, Legal Expert Says (8/13/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The recent withdrawal of a coronavirus safety lawsuit by the Culinary Union against MGM Resorts International was standard procedure, according to a UNLV...
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Hoopa Tribe

article Hoopa Valley Tribe files suit seeking to block US water contracts with Central Valley ag (8/13/2020)
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribe has respectfully requested a federal court to block the United States Department of Interior from signing permanent water delivery...
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Kentucky Gaming

article Kentucky Supreme Court set to hear gambling case (8/13/2020)
(Kentucky) -- On Friday the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of instant racing devices. Proponents argue they're simply another way...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article Stitt seeks another hearing in tribal gaming agreements case (8/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is seeking another hearing before the state Supreme Court regarding its recent ruling in a tribal gaming compact. The state...
article Stitt seeks clarification on Oklahoma Supreme Court gaming compact ruling (8/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Following a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court over a couple of gaming compacts, Governor Kevin Stitt is asking for a rehearing. In April, Gov. Kevin...
article Gov. Stitt asks Oklahoma Supreme Court for rehearing over compact ruling (8/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify an order ruling invalid two gaming compacts he signed. The Oklahoma Supreme Court on...
article Governor seeks rehearing in state Supreme Court tribal gaming case (8/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt have filed a request for rehearing with the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding the court's recent decision in a tribal...
article Wichita and Affiliated Tribes seek ruling that exclusivity fees no longer required (8/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are asking an Oklahoma City federal judge to go beyond his July ruling that the state's 15-year gaming compacts...
article Four Oklahoma Tribes File New Federal Lawsuit Over Gaming Compacts (8/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes have filed a new federal lawsuit against Governor Kevin Stitt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and two tribal chairmen over Indian...
article Four Tribes Sue Over Oklahoma Gambling Compacts With Two Others (8/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes are asking a federal court to void gambling compacts between the state of Oklahoma and two other tribes — agreements that the...
article Four Oklahoma tribes sue Gov. Stitt, federal agency over gaming agreements (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Gov. Kevin Stitt, seeking a declaration that the agency...
article Tribes file lawsuit against actions leading to new gaming compacts (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma Tribes filed suit Friday following the recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that invalidates compacts signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt and...
article Tribes file lawsuit in gaming compact dispute (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Potawatomi nations filed a 97-page lawsuit Friday against the US Department of the Interior and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Payday Loans

article California Tribe Hit With Usury Class Suit Over Loans (sub req) (8/13/2020)
(California) -- An online payday lending company owned by a California Native American tribe makes and collects on illegal loans around the country, carrying interest...
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Enrollment

article Quebec judge rules in favour of Anishinaabe professor over Indian Act inequities (8/12/2020)
(Quebec) -- A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled that it was against the Indian Act for unmarried First Nations women to voluntarily enfranchise, giving up their...
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McGirt

article "My Office Will Work Until We Drop": Agencies Vow To Work Together On McGirt Cases (8/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In a Tuesday press conference, Trent Shores, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, said his office has been working at an...
article Criminal cases up after tribal ruling (8/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa deal with what he described Tuesday as a “tidal wave”...
article McGirt v. Oklahoma: Understanding What the Supreme Court’s Native American Treaty Rights Decision Is and Is Not (8/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Confusion permeates the public arena as to what the U.S. Supreme Court recently did – and didn’t do – by ruling in favor of the Muscogee...
article Federal, State, Municipal And Tribal Officials Present Unified Front At McGirt Press Conference (8/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- At a Tuesday press conference at the U.S. Attorney's Office in downtown Tulsa, federal, state, municipal and tribal officials said they are all...
article US attorney experiencing 'tidal wave' of cases after ruling (8/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma, deal with what he described Tuesday as a...
article Oklahoma AG says he will fight inmates' attempts at release after Supreme Court ruling (8/8/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general said he will fight any challenges by inmates to gain freedom after a recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, saying that...
article County DA, City of Okemah named in class action suit (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt, Okfuskee/Creek County District Attorney Max Cook and the City of Okemah are among the 47 defendants named in a class action lawsuit...
article McGirt-related murder cases increase Tulsa federal court's caseload (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Three suspects named in unrelated murders but tied to the same Supreme Court decision were in Tulsa federal court Friday. At detention hearings, U.S....
article Sequoyah Co. prepares for impact of McGirt decision (8/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The McGirt v. Oklakoma decision doesn’t necessarily apply to Sequoyah County yet, but local authorities are preparing for the decision to impact it....
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Postle Scandal

article Settlement Talks Disclosed Between Stones Gambling Hall, Alleged Cheating Victims (8/12/2020)
(California) -- Attorneys representing the remaining entities in the high-profile Mike Postle cheating case have informed the judge overseeing the case that the opposing...
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Supreme Court

article StrongHearts Native Helpline: Supreme Court ruling helps tribes hold perpetrators accountable (8/12/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Legal experts are calling McGirt v. Oklahoma the most significant Federal Indian Law case of the century. On July 9, the Supreme Court’s...
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Tribal Taxation

article Treaties Don’t Shield Couple From Income Tax, Second Circuit Says (8/12/2020)
(New York) -- A couple’s income from selling gravel mined from tribal land isn’t tax-exempt under treaty agreements because the land remains in the Seneca...
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Trump Adminstration

press release La Posta Band of Mission Indians files lawsuit over border wall construction (8/12/2020)
(California) -- The La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians is suing the federal government to halt construction of the southern border wall, which the tribe alleges...
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Trump's Wall

article California Native Americans sue Trump administration over border wall (8/12/2020)
(California) -- A Native American tribe with ancestral roots in the regions surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border is suing the Trump administration to halt construction on...
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Canada Online

article Man suing province for millions seeks to have P.E.I. deputy minister named in contempt action (8/11/2020)
(Prince Edward Island) -- The man seeking a contempt of court ruling against the P.E.I. government over access to documents is now seeking a specific ruling of contempt...
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Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

article North Dakota seeks to intervene in mineral dispute with millions of dollars of oil revenues at stake (8/11/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation denounced a move by the state of North Dakota to intervene in its federal lawsuits seeking to overturn a Trump...
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Trinidad Rancheria

article Judge to hear lawsuit over Trinidad Rancheria’s harbor trust in November (8/11/2020)
(California) -- A lawsuit over the state Coastal Commission’s decision last year to grant the Trinidad Rancheria full ownership over land surrounding the city...
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Wyandotte Nation

article Kansas Sues Interior Department Over Wynadotte Tribal Casino U-Turn (8/11/2020)
(Kansas) -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is suing the federal government for backing an Oklahoma-based tribe’s casino project earmarked for land ten miles...
article State Sues Feds Over Casino (8/11/2020)
(Kansas) -- The State of Kansas filed a lawsuit against top officials at the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from...
article Kansas AG sues Trump administration to block Wichita-area casino (8/10/2020)
(Kansas) -- The state is suing the Trump administration in federal court to block a tribal casino that’s planned to open this year near Wichita, Kansas Attorney...
article Kansas Sues Interior Department to Block Native American Casino (8/10/2020)
(Kansas) -- The State of Kansas asked a federal court Monday to set aside a U.S. Department of Interior decision that allows the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to develop...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Judge gives U.S. three weeks to detail Dakota Access pipeline options (8/10/2020)
(New York) -- A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to detail options by the end of the month for resolving the loss of a permit that...
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Health Care

article Michigan Tribe Loses Challenge to Blue Cross Plan Administration (8/10/2020)
(Michigan) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan defeated an American Indian tribe’s claims that the insurer mismanaged a tribal health plan by failing to obtain...
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Labor & Unions

article MGM, Culinary say lawsuit issues resolved with SB4 (8/10/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 celebrated new worker protection legislation in a joint statement Monday.
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Sahara sues Vital Vegas over shutdown rumors (8/10/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The Sahara doesn’t want anybody spreading rumors about them, ok? The casino has enough trouble right now, and the last thing it needs is for people...
article Sahara Las Vegas sues blogger for defamation over report on closure rumors (8/8/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Sahara Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit alleging it was defamed when a blog reported what the resort calls false rumors that it could permanently close. The...
article Sahara says closure rumor untrue, sues Las Vegas blogger (8/7/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Sahara Las Vegas has filed a defamation lawsuit against a local blogger who reported what the casino’s owners said was an inaccurate rumor that the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article Washington N.F.L. Team Owner Files Claims Hinting at a Conspiracy (8/10/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Football Team, has accused a disgruntled former team employee of taking money and assisting in a campaign...
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FinCEN

article Mother of key target in B.C.'s largest alleged money laundering scheme wants cash returned (8/9/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Woman fights Civil Forfeiture Officer effort to keep $40,000 cash found in dryer. The 82-year old mother of a key police target in B.C.’s...
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Arkansas Gaming

article Group drops bid to put casinos on Arkansas ballot (8/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The committee promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize 16 more casinos in Arkansas on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to...
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Wisconsin Oneida

article Wisconsin Tribe Wins Fight Over Event Permits at Seventh Circuit (8/8/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- The Seventh Circuit on Thursday unanimously sided with the Oneida Nation in its fight with a Wisconsin village over the village’s authority to force...
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Other News

article Dunleavy administration sues to halt federal limits on moose and caribou hunting in popular area (8/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- As Alaska moose hunters gear up for another season, the Dunleavy administration on Monday sued the federal government after it excluded urban hunters from...
article Defamation defense affirmed by Nev. SC in gambler's case over blackjack footage (8/5/2020)
(Nevada) -- A gambler’s bet that he could take down Nevada’s Anti-SLAPP law is a loser, as the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against him on July 30.
article AG: ‘Flood of inmates’ seek release for crimes on tribal lands (8/4/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A “flood of inmates” are using a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to try to get released for crimes committed on Oklahoma’s Indian reservation lands, the...
article Madrid: Stealing and burning Native American flags is apparently not a hate crime in Northglenn (8/3/2020)
(Colorado) -- Gerald and Linda Montour left their Northglenn home in search of quiet for the Fourth of July. Like many other veterans, excessive fireworks make Gerald...
article AFN’s top lawyer is fourth pick for board that will rewrite Alaska’s political boundaries (8/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, has named Alaska Federation of Natives attorney Nicole Borromeo to the board in charge of redrawing...
article The Federal Government Once Again Double-Crossed Native People, This Time on the Death Penalty (7/31/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- One of Camp Runamuck’s more recent enthusiasms is for the revived federal death penalty. It’s already killed three inmates, but the next...
article Native American Cases To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2020 (sub req) (7/31/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Native American law practitioners will be keeping an eye on the full Fifth Circuit's upcoming decision on the constitutionality of the Indian...
article Indian Nations Law Update - July 2020 (7/29/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 9, 2020, in McGirt v. Oklahoma, 2020 WL 3838063 (2020), that the reservation established for the Creek Nation under...
article FanDuel Loses Bid to Invalidate Part of Remote Gambling Patent (7/29/2020)
(USA) -- FanDuel, the fantasy-sports betting unit of Flutter Entertainment Plc, failed to convince the Federal Circuit Wednesday that part of a competitor’s remote...
press release Post McGirt, The Plan Of Action Remains Unsettled (7/27/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A small chink has emerged in the united front coming from Oklahoma’s tribes and the state Attorney General’s office. Two of the so-called Five Tribes say...
article Lawsuit seeks education reform at Native American schools (7/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to...
article Lawsuit seeks education reform at Native American schools (7/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to...
article Goldman Sachs Reaches $3.9B Settlement With Malaysia Over 1MDB Corruption Case (7/24/2020)
(New York) -- The investment bank issued bonds that raised $6.5 billion, which was then allegedly siphoned off and used to finance, among other things, 'The Wolf of...
article California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes (7/23/2020)
(California) -- Indigenous tribes in California who are not federally recognised will be granted rights to reclaim their ancestral objects from museums and institutions...
article Indian Land Then, Remains Indian Land Now: The Supreme Court Confirms That a Significant Portion of Eastern Oklahoma Is a Native American Reservation (7/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 9, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held in McGirt v. Oklahoma that, for purposes of the Major Crimes Act (MCA), land in eastern...
article Marina Bay Sands to pay $6.5m to a former guest (7/20/2020)
(Singapore) -- Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort in Singapore, reached a settlement of SGD9.1m ($6.5m) for one of its former patrons, Wang Xi. Bloomberg reported...
article Hot Springs art dealer owes $29,900 after pleading guilty to selling eagle parts (7/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A Hot Springs man who works in Indigenous northern plains art owes $29,900 in restitution and fines for illegally selling bald and golden eagle parts.
article Fighting for native rights: Ever resilient, Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund turns 50 (7/19/2020)
(Colorado) -- John Echohawk, executive director and founding member of the Native American Rights Fund, has worked in law for half a century protecting the rights of...
article This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country (7/19/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- There was something of a scramble, after the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that much of Eastern Oklahoma was now officially Indian...
article 10th Circuit dismisses negligence claim against tribal officers in southern Colorado shooting (7/19/2020)
(Colorado) -- The actions of tribal police in shooting a man who mistook officers for brawling house guests did not meet the criteria for negligence under federal law,...

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