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Muscogee Creek

article Creek Reservation Survived Okla. Statehood, Justices Told (sub req) (9/20/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- A Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold a Tenth Circuit decision nixing his murder conviction in state court...
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Pennsylvania Gaming

article Federal judge nixes Pennsylvania law banning political donations from casino owners (9/20/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a Pennsylvania law that bars casino owners and others with a stake in the gambling industry from donating to...
article Federal Judge Rejects Ban on Pennsylvania Casino Political Campaign Contributions (9/20/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down a law that prohibits casino industry stakeholders from donating to political campaigns in the state.
article Court tosses out Pa. ban on political donations from casino interests (9/19/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A federal court has overturned the state's ban on political contributions from people involved in the gaming industry, ruling that the law aimed at...
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Residential Schools

article Ottawa spent $2.3M on court battles with St. Anne's residential school survivors (9/20/2018)
(Ottawa) -- The federal government spent $2.3 million over the past five years in court battles with survivors from a notorious residential school in northern Ontario,...
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Supreme Court

article Alaska Governor, Lieutenant Governor Oppose Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh (9/20/2018)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott on Thursday offered the following statement: We oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh...
article Deb Haaland, Udall, National Women’s Org and more speak out regarding Kavanaugh (9/20/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- As the controversy over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh continues to unfold, more public figures and organizations are coming...
article How Kavanaugh’s History With Sports Betting Could Affect Him – And You (9/19/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The recent hearings into the suitability of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States have raised many important...
article Alaska Natives Press Lisa Murkowski To Reject Brett Kavanaugh (9/18/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was already under pressure from Alaska Natives to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It just got more...
article Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination (9/18/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Tribal and legal officials...
article Native Leader Expresses Concern About Kavanaugh (9/17/2018)
(Idaho) -- Native American leaders say they have concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today [Monday] in Worley, Idaho, the executive director of...
article LETTER: Kavanaugh writings suggest hostility toward native tribes (9/16/2018)
(Maine) -- I am a retired law professor whose principal scholarship has been devoted to American Indian law. In 2001, I published an article in the Columbia Law Review...
article Why AFN wants Murkowski to reject Kavanaugh (9/16/2018)
(Alaska) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski still isn’t saying how she’ll vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But Wednesday, a powerful voice...
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Arkansas Gaming

article Arkansas governor names special justice for casino cases (9/19/2018)
(Arkansas) -- A Little Rock judge has been appointed to fill in for the Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice in a pair of challenges to a ballot measure that would...
article Arkansas chief justice recuses from 2nd casino measure case (9/17/2018)
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' chief justice has now stepped aside from hearing both challenges to a proposed ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.
article State Supreme Court gives Oct. 1 deadline on casino lawsuit (9/17/2018)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has given an Oct. 1 deadline to both sides of a lawsuit over Issue No. 4, or the "casino amendment." Opponents and...
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Massachusetts Gaming

article Suffolk Downs claims casino conspiracy (9/19/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The former owner of Suffolk Downs race track is demanding more than $3 billion for what it alleges was a conspiracy by Wynn Resorts and a local real...
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Mining & Drilling

article Court injunction halts work at Taseko’s New Prosperity (9/19/2018)
(British Columbia) -- An injunction granted on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation has stopped exploratory work at Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity project in south...
article Court orders injunction against drilling permit for proposed mine (9/18/2018)
(British Columbia) -- The latest round in the battle for local gold has been won by the Tsilhqot'in Nation. Mining company Taseko has long been the proponent of the...
article Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco (9/15/2018)
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the...
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MMIW

article Advocates for incarcerated women renew calls to ban strip searches in Canadian prisons (9/19/2018)
(Quebec) -- Strip-searching female inmates in Canadian prisons amounts to "institutionalized violence against women," Kassandra Churcher, the executive...
article Indigenous policing, justice take centre stage at this week's MMIWG hearings in Quebec City (9/17/2018)
(Quebec) -- Police chiefs, criminologists and human rights activists are among the witnesses who will speak in Quebec City this week, over five days of hearings at the...
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Savanna Greywind

article Defense says Hoehn guilty of cover-up, but not murder, in pregnant Fargo woman’s death (9/19/2018)
(North Dakota) -- The attorney for a man charged with conspiring to murder a pregnant Fargo woman said his client is not guilty of that crime, but he is guilty of...
article Man tightens rope around pregnant woman’s neck after his girlfriend cuts baby from her womb: Prosecutor (9/19/2018)
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman tightened a rope around her neck after his girlfriend sliced the baby from the victim...
article Trial begins for Greywind’s second alleged murderer (9/18/2018)
(North Dakota) -- Day one of the trial of William Henry Hoehn and his possible role in the murder of Savanna Greywind whose eight-month-old baby was cut from her womb in...
article 2nd trial in case that shined light on missing Native women (9/16/2018)
(North Dakota) -- A second suspect in the killing of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb will stand trial this week, more than a year after her...
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United Keetoowah Band

article Closed Tahlequah casino remains tied up in litigation (9/19/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The lone casino owned by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe has been closed, amid litigation, for about five years. Headquartered in...
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Federal Recognition

article BIA Says Calif. Group Doesn't Merit Federal Recognition [sub req] (9/18/2018)
(California) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has urged a California federal court to toss a suit by an unrecognized tribe, the Tolowa Nation, seeking to force the...
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Hopi Tribe

article Trial begins to determine Hopi Tribe's water rights to Little Colorado River (9/18/2018)
(Arizona) -- The trial to adjudicate water rights in the Little Colorado River basin in Arizona commenced Sept. 11 in its first phase, which will determine the Hopi...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Fed court overturns Native American child-removal ruling (9/18/2018)
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturns a lower court’s order that gave Native American parents more rights in child-removal...
article US appeals court overturns local ICWA ruling (9/18/2018)
(South Dakota) -- A federal appeals court overturned Friday an earlier ruling that said Pennington County must give Native American parents more rights during the...
article Decision: Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Fleming (9/17/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and tribal members Madonna Pappan and Lisa Young brought this action against various South Dakota...
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Maine Gaming

article Maine High Court Seeks Comment On Whether It Should Consider Indian Gaming Question (9/18/2018)
(Maine) -- Just before it adjourned earlier this month, the Maine House of Representatives passed an order asking the Maine Supreme Court to interpret a U.S. Supreme...
article Maine House Asks Court Whether Tribe Could Run Casino (9/16/2018)
(Maine) -- Maine's top court could weigh in on whether a tribe could run a casino on tribal land without state permission. The House last month approved Rep. Henry...
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Mohegan Sun

article Losers finally put a price on Wynn’s victory in Boston casino fight (9/18/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The former owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack site have always believed they were wronged by the state gaming commission when it awarded the casino...
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Payday Loans

article Federal judge considering motion to quash in Pa. AG's 'rent-a-bank' lawsuit (9/18/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A tribal lender based in Montana and its former CEO don't want to testify in Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro's litigation over a...
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Suffolk Downs

article Owners of Suffolk Downs file $1 billion lawsuit against Everett casino (9/18/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack Monday filed a $1 billion federal lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, alleging the casino giant fraudulently...
article Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts (9/18/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The former owner of Suffolk Downs filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts in federal court on Monday alleging numerous violations of racketeering laws...
article Wynn Resorts hit with $3 billion lawsuit by former Massachusetts casino license rival Suffolk Downs (9/18/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts unfairly secured the lone eastern Massachusetts casino license, a former rival charged in a lawsuit seeking up to $3 billion. Sterling...
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Tobacco & Cigarettes

article Calif. AG Blasts Tribal Biz's Challenge To Tobacco Taxes [sub req] (9/18/2018)
(California) -- California's attorney general on Monday urged a federal court to dismiss a business entity of the Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Mennonite found guilty after protest at Standing Rock (9/17/2018)
(North Dakota) -- Dennis Lehmann has dedicated much of his life working for peace and justice. In February 2017, that dedication landed him in jail. A year and a half...
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Enrollment

article Mich. Tribe Members Say DOI Can't Dodge Disenrollment Suit [sub req] (9/17/2018)
(Michigan) -- Disenrolled members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to toss their suit claiming the U.S. Department...
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Red Lake Tribe

article The court heads north: Minnesota Supreme Court – and its first American Indian justice – visit Red Lake (9/17/2018)
(Minnesota) -- The gym quieted when Anne McKeig spoke. An associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court who grew up in Federal Dam and went on to be the state’s...
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Standing Rock Sioux

article Mennonite found guilty after protest at Standing Rock (9/17/2018)
(North Dakota) -- Dennis Lehmann has dedicated much of his life working for peace and justice. In February 2017, that dedication landed him in jail. A year and a half...
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Land Issues

article Settlement Conference Ordered in Tule Lake Airport Dispute (9/16/2018)
(California) -- Lawyers for the Tule Lake Committee are preparing for a pre-trial settlement conference for the civil case Tule Lake Committee v. City of Tulelake, et....
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Native Vote

article Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona (9/16/2018)
(Arizona) -- A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a...
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Graton Rancheria

article Graton Rancheria Indians Not Liable for $43 Million in Dispute with Sonoma Developer (9/15/2018)
(California) -- A four-year long legal dispute between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Kenwood Investments, a real estate and development company in Sonoma...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article ACLU sues feds for documents detailing anti-protest activities (9/15/2018)
(Montana) -- The ACLU of Montana on Tuesday sued federal law enforcement, national security and land management agencies for failing to turn-over documents relating to...
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Kialegee Tribal Town

article Kialegee suit dismissed from U.S. District Court (9/15/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- On Sept 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the Kialegee Tribal Town suit against U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan...
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Sixties Scoop

article MORON ALERT: Lab in dog DNA debacle used phoney Facebook identity to recruit Sixties Scoop, Motherisk plaintiffs (9/15/2018)
(Toronto) -- The same Toronto forensics lab that allegedly determined a chihuahua and a French poodle have Indigenous ancestry recruited Sixties Scoop survivors and...
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Other News

article Creek Reservation Survived Okla. Statehood, Justices Told [sub req] (9/20/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- A Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold a Tenth Circuit decision nixing his murder conviction in state court...
article James Acres files suit against 17 Blue Lake tribe associates, alleging fraud, conspiracy (9/19/2018)
(California) -- After nearly three years of litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, an Encinitas man may finally have his day in court — again. James Acres...
article Federal appeals court rules for tribes over Teck (9/19/2018)
(Washington) -- In a legal victory for the Colville Tribes against international mining giant Teck Metals Ltd., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday affirmed lower...
article No help available in Nunavik for children scarred by Nellie Angutiguluk's murder, court hears (9/19/2018)
(Quebec) -- Nellie Angutiguluk's three children are in dire need of counselling in the wake of their mother's murder — something which they can't get...
article Security, Indian Country among U.S. attorney’s priorities (9/19/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Erica MacDonald recently returned to the Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office, this time as the boss, where she will have a chance to return to federal...
article LEGAL BLOG: Indian Nations Law Update - September 2018 (9/18/2018)
(Indian Country) -- In Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Reservation v. United States Department of Interior, 2018 WL 3978542 (9th Cir. 2018), the Chippewa Cree...
article Aboriginal man Daniel Love facing deportation to PNG, lawyers say (9/18/2018)
(Australia) -- Lawyers have accused the Federal Government of locking up an Aboriginal man in immigration detention and preparing to deport him to Papua New Guinea.
article 7 people sentenced in Colorado tribe’s financial scam case (9/18/2018)
(Colorado) -- The U.S. attorney’s office says seven people have been sentenced in a financial scam case that resulted in $1.1 million in federal funds found stolen...
article Ottawa looks at having retired judge help guide renewed pipeline review process (9/17/2018)
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is shopping around for a retired federal judge to help guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain...
article OP/ED: Mass Incarceration Is a Huge Problem for Indigenous Peoples in Oklahoma. Here's What I’m Doing to Help (9/17/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- In this op-ed, Isabel Coronado explains the impact of the Justice System on children with incarcerated parents and how she’s doing her part to...
article 'TRIAL OF THE CENTURY': Sex, drugs, buried silver and bricks of cash added intrigue to the trial that followed Ted Binion's 1998 death (9/16/2018)
(Las Vegas) -- When Ted Binion died under suspicious circumstances 20 years ago, his passing marked the end of an era in the Las Vegas gaming industry. His death also...
article Canada says the Sinixt tribe is extinct. The tribe's American descendants disagree. (9/14/2018)
(Washington) -- About a decade ago, Rick Desautel, an American descendant of the Sinixt tribe of Canada, decided to challenge a declaration by the Canadian government...
article Working group proposal sparks furor (9/13/2018)
(California) -- Several speakers came out to comment Tuesday at Board of Supervisors’ meeting, voicing their support or opposition to District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin’...
article Three Oregon Tribes Are Locked in a Dispute Over Fishing at Willamette Falls. It’s About Much More Than a Few Salmon. (9/12/2018)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde want something that sounds simple. They're seeking to erect a fishing platform on state land at Willamette Falls...
article Appeal Of Tribal Sovereignty Case Means Washington Man Is Back In Canadian Court (9/11/2018)
(British Columbia) -- More than a year and a half ago, Rick Desautel was acquitted for hunting as a non-resident and without a license in Canada. In 2009, Desautel...
article Appeal Of Tribal Sovereignty Case Means Washington Man Is Back In Canadian Court (9/11/2018)
(British Columbia) -- A Washington man with tribal roots in Canada is back in court Wednesday in British Columbia. The nearly decade-long case could set precedent for...
article AT&T, Tribes Split Over Auctioning Of 2.5G Spectrum (sub req) (9/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- T-Mobile, AT&T and several Native American tribes continued to urge the Federal Communications Commission to ease restrictions on how spectrum...
article Lawyers for Indigenous businessman want First Nations law to apply in family dispute (9/11/2018)
(Ontario) -- In a courtroom packed with his burly supporters, some wearing Mohawk headdresses, a billionaire Six Nations businessman took his novel family law dispute...
article Whose courts best serve Indigenous women and children? (9/11/2018)
(Toronto) -- He swaggers into court, late, with a gorgeous Mohawk headdress atop his crown. A cornucopia of eagle feathers and maybe another bird, affixed to a beaded...
article Judge Grants The Bellagio An Order To Go After PK Kemsley’s Assets For Outstanding Gambling Debt (9/10/2018)
(Las Vegas) -- Unfortunately for PK Kemsley, what happens in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. The husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Dorit Kemsley isn...

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