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Wind River

article Northern Arapaho Tribe Will Appeal Circuit Court Decision About Reservation Boundary (2/23/2017)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe will appeal an Appellate Court’s split ruling Wednesday that the Wind River Reservation boundaries were reduced by Congress...
article Appellate Court Rules Against EPA in Reservation Dispute; Split Decision Highlights Poor Treatment Of Indians (2/22/2017)
(Wyoming) -- The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a split 2-1 decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when it declared in 2013...
article Court’s ruling: Riverton not part of Wind River Reservation (2/22/2017)
(Wyoming) -- Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the City of Riverton is not within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Court...
article Wyoming tribes don't have sovereignty over Riverton, land north of Wind River, court rules (2/22/2017)
(Wyoming) -- Historic reservation land north of the Wind River — including the town of Riverton — belongs to the state of Wyoming and not to the Northern...
article Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case (2/22/2017)
(Wyoming) -- A federal appeals court has dealt a huge blow to two tribes as part of a long-simmering dispute over the boundaries of their reservation in Wyoming. By a 2-...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Full Tilt

article Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Suit by Poker Players (2/22/2017)
(California) -- The Court of Appeal for this district yesterday affirmed dismissal of a suit by a pair of poker players who claim they were mistreated by an operator of...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article In South Dakota, Officials Defied a Federal Judge and Took Indian Kids Away From Their Parents in Rigged Proceedings (2/22/2017)
(South Dakota) -- During the mid-1970s, Congress confirmed what Indian tribes had been saying for decades: State and local social workers and judges were aggressively...
article Petition granted: Gila River Indian Community will argue before Arizona Supreme Court to protect indian children (2/22/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Supreme Court has granted the petition for review filed by attorneys for the Gila River Indian Community, giving the Community the opportunity...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Public Law 280

article County Asks State to Pay for Prosecuting Reservation Crimes (2/22/2017)
(Montana) -- Lake County wants the state to pay the nearly $2 million a year the county pays to prosecute felony crimes committed on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Lee...
1 Article on this Issue

Caesars

article Agreement on Caesars merger clears way for emergence from Chapter 11 (2/21/2017)
(Chicago) -- The terms of a merger of two subsidiaries of Caesars Entertainment have been amended, clearing a path for the company’s emergence from Chapter 11...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article 200 years of broken promises force Cherokee Nation to file lawsuit against US government (2/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Broken treaties aren't exactly breaking news for Oklahoma's native people. So why is the Cherokee Nation launching a new legal battle now? There...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Sill Apache

article DC Judge Says NIGC Followed Order In Tribal Gaming Dispute [sub req] (2/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A D.C. federal judge on Friday declined to find that the National Indian Gaming Commission violated a court order directing the agency to reconsider...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article EPA seeks dismissal of mine spill lawsuit claims (2/21/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court to dismiss claims in two lawsuits filed over the Gold King Mine spill.
1 Article on this Issue

Pojoaque Pueblo

article New Mexico state allowed to go after Pojoaque Pueblo vendors, judge rules (2/21/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The Pojoaque Pueblo’s gaming operations have been dealt a serious blow by federal judge James Browning, who ruled that the state of New Mexico is...
article Judge allows state to go after vendors dealing with Pojoaque Pueblo casinos (2/20/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico judge has dealt a major blow to Pojoaque Pueblo‘s gambling operations. Judge allows state to go after vendors dealing with Pojoaque...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wilton Rancheria

article Elk Grove casino is far from a done deal, legal experts say (2/21/2017)
(California) -- The proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove still has several legal hurdles to clear, despite assurances from the Wilton Rancheria tribe that the $400...
1 Article on this Issue

Fantasy Sports

article Fantasy Aces Hires Criminal Lawyer as New York Gaming Commission Turns Up the Heat (2/20/2017)
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Commission has launched an investigation into Fantasy Aces, the daily fantasy sports site that filed for bankruptcy at the end of...
1 Article on this Issue

Ilani Casino

article Trump team gets another extension in Supreme Court tribal casino case (2/20/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A closely-watched Indian gaming case is still awaiting a response from the new Trump administration. The Department of Justice was supposed to file...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Federal Court Rejects Tribal Religious Challenge to Dakota Access Pipeline (2/18/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge this week initially rejected a claim brought by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe that construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL)...
article Judge dismisses trespass cases midway through trial (2/18/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A judge dismissed the criminal trespass charges against three pipeline protesters halfway through their jury trial this morning.
article How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court? (2/17/2017)
(North Dakota) -- On Feb. 8 the US Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe...
article Tribes File New Lawsuit to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline as Drilling Begins (2/17/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have filed new lawsuits in yet another legal effort to stop a 1,172-mile, 570,000 barrel-per-day...
article Monte Mills: Tribes turn to courts to battle Dakota Access Pipeline (2/16/2017)
(Montana) -- On Feb. 8 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in...
article Native American tribes make new court filing to stop Dakota Access pipeline (2/16/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes on Tuesday submitted a new filing in a District of Columbia federal court in another last-ditch...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Files Motion to Overturn Lake Oahe Easement (2/16/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Jan Hasselman, lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a motion on February 14 in D.C. District Court for an expedited summary judgment that...
article Standing Rock: Tribes File Last-Ditch Effort to Block Dakota Pipeline (2/16/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes have filed yet another legal motion seeking to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Legal experts said the attempt...
article Tribe Files New Suit as Army Corps Announces Eviction Deadline for Water Protectors (2/16/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux have joined the legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, filing a lawsuit this week calling on the agency to halt...
article Federal judge denies request to block Dakota pipeline (+video) (2/14/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- US federal judge James Boasberg rejected a request by two Native American tribes to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Ontario Gaming

article Shoreslines Casino Peterborough settlement up for approval Tuesday (2/18/2017)
(Ontario) -- At a special meeting on Tuesday, city council is expected to ratify an agreement that will resolve the appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) regarding...
1 Article on this Issue

Paskenta Tribe

article Ex-Tribal Officials Slam Stay Terms In $6M Embezzlement Row (2/18/2017)
(California) -- Former Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians officials accused by the tribe of a wide-reaching $6 million embezzlement scheme continued Thursday to press a...
1 Article on this Issue

Pokagon Band

article Dr. Phil confession leads to guilty plea for trashing Michigan hotel (2/18/2017)
(Michigan) -- A man who trashed a hotel room in southwest Michigan last summer, then talked about it on the Dr. Phil show, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of...
1 Article on this Issue

Sixties Scoop

article How a Sixties Scoop survivor fought for justice and found her family again (2/18/2017)
(Ontario) -- Marcia Brown Martel was taken away as a child by a policy that separated Indigenous children in Ontario from their families. Now a chief in her community,...
article Sixties Scoop Adoptees Win in Court (2/17/2017)
(Ontario) -- Visibly moved, Beaverhouse First Nation Chief Marcia Brown Martel stood before a room full of press and well wishers on Valentine’s Day and gave...
article 'We want to fix this': Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on Sixties Scoop ruling (2/16/2017)
(Ontario) -- On Feb. 14 — after an eight-year legal battle — an Ontario Supreme Court judge ruled the government violated its "duty to care" when...
article 'You rarely get that kind of acknowledgment': Montreal Sixties Scoop survivor moved to tears by court ruling (2/16/2017)
(Ontario) -- When the news came down that an Ontario Superior Court judge had ruled in favour of Sixties Scoop survivors, it moved Nakuset to tears.
article Sixties Scoop ruling could cost federal government over $1 billion (2/16/2017)
(Ontario) -- A dark chapter in Canada’s past may end up costing present-day taxpayers over $1 billion as the government makes amends for what some have deemed...
article 'We want to fix this': Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on Sixties Scoop ruling (2/15/2017)
(Canada) -- On Feb. 14 — after an eight-year legal battle — an Ontario Supreme Court judge ruled the government violated its "duty to care" when it...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Payday Loans

article Indian Nations Law Update - February 2017: Ninth Circuit Rejects Tribal Online Lenders’ “Co-Regulator” Argument (2/17/2017)
(USA) -- In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Great Plains Lending, 2017 WL 242560 (9th Cir. 2017), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued civil...
1 Article on this Issue

Redskins

article Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult — as a Registered Trademark? (2/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- In late 2009, Simon Tam’s Portland-based dance-rock band was doing well — going on tours, getting press. It was time, they decided, to...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article First Nation chief calls for charges against lawyer who overcharged residential school survivors (2/17/2017)
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a Manitoba First Nation says the lawyer who misappropriated nearly a million dollars from some of the community's most vulnerable and...
1 Article on this Issue

Schaghicoke Tribe

article Connecticut Fights Land Suit by Faction of Splintered Tribe (2/17/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Fighting a $610 million claim for Native American land seized over a century ago, Connecticut told a federal judge that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation...
article Connecticut Fires Back at Schaghticoke Tribal Nation's $600M Suit (2/16/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Citing sovereign immunity and a lack of standing because of a dispute between different factions within an American Indian tribe, the state of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (2/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- It's been a rocky start for Indian Country and the new Trump administration but some common ground is emerging in a surprising area.
1 Article on this Issue

Enrollment

article Washington Tribe Sues Federal Government Over Withholding Of $14M (2/16/2017)
(Washington) -- An American Indian tribe in northwestern Washington is suing the federal government, saying it has wrongfully been denied nearly $14 million in a flap...
1 Article on this Issue

Buena Vista Casino

article Calif. County Can Fight Tribal Casino, DC Circ. Told [sub req] (2/15/2017)
(California) -- A California county has urged the D.C. Circuit to allow it to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision backing a proposed tribal casino,...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Peck

article Trial delayed in death of baby on Montana reservation (2/15/2017)
(Montana) -- A federal judge has pushed back the murder trial of a Montana woman accused of killing a 13-month-old girl and putting her body in dumpster on the Fort Peck...
1 Article on this Issue

Lac du Flambeau

article LDF Tribe, Other Parties Settle Long Running Litigation (2/15/2017)
(Michigan) -- A settlement has been reached between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and several parties after years of litigation between the tribe,...
press release Tribe Settles Bond Litigation, Invites Tribal Members to Learn More March 4 (2/15/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced today the settlement of all litigation between the tribe, Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article 21 tribes seek intervention in freeway case (2/15/2017)
(Arizona) -- All 21 Native American tribes in the Southwest are asking permission to join the appeal against the South Mountain Freeway, but Arizona’s attorney...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Oglala Sioux sue Army Corps of Engineers over water rights (2/15/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Fearing contamination of its drinking water, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has entered the legal fray against the Dakota Access pipeline. Attorneys working...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuit Pits Havasupai Children Against the BIE (2/23/2017)
(Arizona) -- The village of Supai, Arizona, is a place of contradiction. Located inside the Grand Canyon, the capital of the Havasupai Tribe is the most remote community...
article Magistrate Vander Mey rules for damages–– Dismisses Meskwaki sovereignty claim (2/22/2017)
(Iowa) -- Tama County Magistrate Richard Vander Mey has again ruled the Meskwaki Settlement is not sovereign when it comes to small claims filed in his court. A $5,000...
article Bill in Congress to align Meskwaki law jurisdiction (2/22/2017)
(Iowa) -- Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst reintroduced legislation to grant the Sac and Fox - Meskwaki Settlement power to enforce laws for certain crimes...
article Slot machines or phone chargers? Lawsuit could determine future of ‘gasinos’ (2/19/2017)
(Minnesota) -- We’ve all been there. Your phone is running out of juice and you forgot your charging cable. What if you could pay to charge your phone at the gas...
article No hate speech charges laid in Colten Boushie case (2/18/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- RCMP haven't laid any hate speech charges related to statements made following the death of Colten Boushie, a decision which has left some experts...
article Toronto judge faces discipline hearing over land claim 'intervention' (2/16/2017)
(Ontario) -- A Toronto judge who provided advice on defending against a First Nations land claim, in an area where his family owns a cottage, is now facing a public...
article Sask. First Nation gets $4.5M in Northwest Rebellion settlement (2/15/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan First Nation says it will receive millions of dollars in compensation on Wednesday from a settlement that stems from a dispute dating...
article Accused sex trafficker targeted then terrorized Alaska Native teens, prosecutor says (2/15/2017)
(Alaska) -- As he ran his sex trafficking ring over the years, Troy Williams always recruited the same kind of girls, assistant attorney general Adam Alexander told a...
article Bentley-driving fraudster hailed by Forbes jailed for scam (2/15/2017)
(New York) -- An American once dubbed "Porn's New King'' was sentenced to over 11 years in prison Wednesday by a judge who said he lived the high life...
article Murder charges dropped against Austin woman who stabbed attacker (2/15/2017)
(Texas) -- Murder charges have been dropped by Travis County prosecutors against a woman who they say was targeted for rape on a dimly-lit street in North Austin in 2014.
article A lawsuit involving American Indian artifacts, alleged excessive force and a Utahn’s suicide has hit another wall (2/13/2017)
(Utah) -- A three-judge panel on Monday upheld the dismissal of a Utah family's lawsuit against a Bureau of Land Management agent blamed for the suicide of Blanding...
article Suit over artifact looting case suicide rejected on appeal (2/13/2017)
(Utah) -- A federal appeals court won't revive an excessive-force lawsuit from the family of a Utah doctor who killed himself after his arrest by federal agents in...
article Former tribal leader pleads guilty to federal assault charge (2/13/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A onetime Three Affiliated Tribes chairman has reached a plea agreement with the federal government on an assault charge. Marcus Levings, also known as...
article Lotto winner Jane Park to sue Euromillions after gambling ‘ruined her life’ (2/12/2017)
(UK) -- Jane Park was 17 when she scooped £1 million with her first-ever ticket in 2013. While she toasted with Irn Bru to celebrate her win due to being underage...
article Peru Sued for Failing to Protect Indigenous Tribes (2/10/2017)
(Peru) -- After struggling for 14 years, Peru’s national Indigenous organization is taking Peru’s Ministry of Culture to court for its negligence of the...
article Federal Court Protects Klamath Salmon, Tribal and Fishing Communities (2/9/2017)
(California) -- Today, a U.S. District Court judge ordered federal agencies to immediately take steps to protect juvenile coho salmon after several years of deadly...
article Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon (2/9/2017)
(California) -- A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that federal agencies must take preventative and emergency measures to reduce the incidence of disease among...
article Hoopa Valley Tribe, Allies Win Big Legal Fight For Salmon-Saving Klamath River Flows (2/9/2017)
(California) -- A federal judge today ruled that federal regulators must push more water down the Klamath River in order to combat a deadly parasite that kills juvenile...
article Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit (2/8/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week attorneys Marshall Matz and John Dillard issued a letter updating litigants in Keepseagle vs. Vilsack, a class action lawsuit originally...
press release Casino Operators Sued for Fraud Over Scheme to Cover $1M Gambling Equipment Debt (2/8/2017)
(Florida) -- An explosive federal lawsuit filed by a Miami-based manufacturer of casino equipment has sent shockwaves through the Caribbean's prized casino industry.

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