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Dakota Access Pipeline

article North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs (7/18/2019)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
article Opponents want pipeline expansion hearing (7/15/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents plan to request a hearing on a proposal to nearly double the pipeline’s capacity. The North Dakota Public...
article Tribe, pipeline opponents plan to request state hearing on DAPL expansion (7/11/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and several pipeline opponents plan to request a hearing on the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline,...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis (7/18/2019)
(Washington) -- The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had...
article Closing arguments set in Oklahoma's case against drugmakers (7/14/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in Oklahoma's case against Johnson & Johnson alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (7/18/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- John Paul Stevens joined the Supreme Court as a conservative member appointed by President Gerard Ford. Yet when Stevens retired as a justice he was...
article TRAHANT: Treaties are a contract between sovereigns; the legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (7/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- John Paul Stevens joined the Supreme Court as a conservative member appointed by President Gerard Ford. Yet when Stevens retired as a justice he was...
article On an often unpredictable Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch is the latest wild card (7/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first appointee to the Supreme Court, is proving to be a different kind of conservative. He is...
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Arkansas Gaming

article Pope County Judge shares the only way for casino approval (7/17/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The pendulum may be swinging in Pope County as more people are coming out in favor of a new casino. But that might not be enough for officials to change...
article Debate on casino heats up in county (7/14/2019)
(Arkansas) -- A daily barrage of letters, emails, phone calls and meetings keeps members of the Pope County Quorum Court informed on all sides of the debate on whether...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

CSKT

article County, tribes agree on access while lawsuit moves forward (7/17/2019)
(Montana) -- Lake County and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have agreed to leave a disputed roadway open while a right-of-way lawsuit proceeds. The county...
1 Article on this Issue

Wynn Boston Harbor

article Encore Boston Harbor General Contractor, Subcontractor Exchange Allegations over Disputed Bills (7/17/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from Suffolk Construction — the general contractor for the recently-opened Encore Boston Harbor — and subcontractor...
article Gaming Commission to address class-action lawsuit against Encore (7/17/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday will address allegations of shaved payouts made in a class-action lawsuit against Encore Boston Harbor...
article Lawsuit against Encore Boston Harbor claims casino is illegally withholding winnings from blackjack, slot machine players (7/16/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A class action lawsuit filed Monday in Middlesex County Superior Court claims that Encore Boston Harbor withheld money to patrons who reported...
article Cheating Accusations Cool Encore Boston Harbor's Hot Start (7/16/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor raked in $16.8 million in its first week of business, nearly catching MGM Springfield's monthly haul, but a lawsuit filed...
article The Encore Boston Harbor Casino Is Getting Sued Less Than a Month after Opening (7/16/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Everett’s new Encore casino may have made millions in its opening week, but a lawsuit filed Monday alleges that some of those funds were...
article Lawsuit against Encore Boston Harbor claims casino is illegally withholding winnings from blackjack, slot machine players (7/15/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A class action lawsuit filed Monday in Middlesex County Superior Court claims that Encore Boston Harbor withheld money to patrons who reported...
article Lawsuit Claims Encore Boston Harbor Is Cheating Players Of Winnings (7/15/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A class action lawsuit is accusing Encore Boston Harbor of cheating gamblers out of their winnings as state regulators disclose the new casino’s...
article Casino builder questions Coghlin Electrical’s claims for payment (7/15/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Construction is pushing back against Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc.’s claims that it is owed $30 million for work at the Encore...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Vote

article Appeals court agrees a Utah county violated Navajo voting rights through gerrymandering (7/16/2019)
(Utah) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld newly drawn voting districts in a southeastern Utah county after a judge had found the old boundaries amounted to...
article Tenth Circuit Upholds New Districts in Navajo Voting Rights Case (7/16/2019)
(Utah) -- The Tenth Circuit Tuesday approved new school board and county commission election districts for Utah’s geographically largest county, finding that a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Ex-Navajo president's daughter pleads guilty in DUI case (7/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- The daughter of former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is serving three years of probation in a DUI case. Karis Begaye pleaded guilty last month to...
1 Article on this Issue

Spokane Tribe

article Federal judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Spokane Tribe Casino location (7/16/2019)
(Washington) -- In Washington and a federal judge has reportedly dismissed a lawsuit that had sought to invalidate the United States Department of the Interior’s...
article 'We are thrilled': Spokane Tribe prevails in challenge to new casino (7/15/2019)
(Washington) -- The Spokane Tribe and the Trump administration have prevailed in a lawsuit that challenged a new casino in Washington state. The tribe opened the Spokane...
article Judge Dismisses Litigation on Spokane Airway Heights Casino Brought by Rival Washington State Tribe (7/14/2019)
(Washington) -- A lawsuit which sought to effectively close Spokane Tribe of Indians’ new Airway Heights casino was dismissed by a federal judge in Washington...
article Court sides with Spokane Tribe, Department of Interior in casino dispute (7/12/2019)
(Washington) -- An Eastern District Court judge sided with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and ended a case in which the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Spokane County had...
article District court judge sides with Spokane Tribe in casino lawsuits (7/12/2019)
(Washington) -- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington sided with the Spokane Tribe regarding the future of their casino in Airway Heights. The...
article Federal judge dismisses Kalispel suit challenging Spokane Tribe’s casino in Airway Heights (7/12/2019)
(Washington) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the government’s approval of the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ recently-built casino in...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Yosemite to restore names to historic attractions under $12-million settlement (7/15/2019)
(California) -- The Majestic Yosemite can be called the Ahwahnee Hotel again. The National Park Service on Monday reached a $12-million settlement in a long-running...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Mother says fight for child on Spirit Lake felt hopeless (7/14/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A silent tear rolled down Nina Martin’s cheek as she looked around the pink, Minnie Mouse-themed bedroom. A neat pile of toys sit in the corner...
1 Article on this Issue

Shinnecock Tribe

article MATT TAIBI: Shinnecock nation fights backlash from affluent for building on their own land (7/14/2019)
(New York) -- The drive from New York City to eastern Long Island is along State Route 27, the Sunrise Highway. The name refers to the early-rising, eastward-moving...
1 Article on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Lottery Gets Win In Pennsylvania Casino Gambling Lawsuit (7/13/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casinos have lost a bid to shut down online lottery games that they say are too much like casino gambling, just days before the...
article iLottery games survive a challenge from Pennsylvania casinos (7/12/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery’s internet-based games are safe for now. Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer denied an injuction request...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Truth and Reconciliation

article Meet the Mi’kmaw lawyer who hopes her national book club helps turn the page toward reconciliation (7/13/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor and activist has started a national book club she hopes will foster conversations that help Canadians turn the page...
1 Article on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Another View: Mills supports tribal sovereignty in domestic abuse cases (7/13/2019)
(Maine) -- As Gov. Mills’ senior adviser on tribal affairs, I am writing in response to the Press Herald’s July 9 editorial, “Our View: Tribal courts...
1 Article on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Martha’s Vineyard Tribe Wants Stay on Judge’s Casino Ruling as Wampanoags Move Forward with Appeal (7/13/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has asked for a temporary stay — and expedited review — on federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor...
article Tribe seeks stay of ‘final judgment’ in casino case (7/12/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is seeking a stay while it appeals a decision by U.S. District Court judge F. Dennis Saylor IV that it must...
article Tribe Seeks Stay in U.S. District Court to Begin Building Bingo Hall (7/11/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Signaling more court battles ahead over the planned bingo hall on tribal lands in Aquinnah, the Wampanoag tribe registered its strong opposition...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Covington

article Father of Covington Catholic's Nick Sandmann still wants 'doxing bill' (7/12/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Claiming his son endured the "most sensational Twitter attack on a minor child in the history of the internet," a Northern Kentucky father is...
1 Article on this Issue

Meskwaki Tribe

article Meskwaki Nation supports state jurisdiction over non-Indians at casino (7/12/2019)
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that arose from an incident at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Nation. Tribal police arrested...
article Iowa Justices Hear A Case Questioning Jurisdiction On Tribal Land (7/10/2019)
(Iowa) -- State and federal attorneys want the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a Tama County magistrate judge’s decision to dismiss a set of criminal charges because...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mississippi Gaming

article The state is suing Biloxi over waterfront land that’s been denied for a casino 3 times (7/12/2019)
(Mississippi) -- A challenge to Biloxi’s plan to lease waterfront land was filed Friday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann before the 10-day deadline expired....
1 Article on this Issue

Wilton Rancheria

article Wilton Rancheria, federal government challenge lawsuit against EG casino-resort (7/12/2019)
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on July 3 filed requests for a federal judge to approve their motions for summary judgment...
1 Article on this Issue

Carpenter v. Murphy

article Knowledge of Indian law is important in Murphy case (7/11/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Joel Williams, Cherokee and staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund, talks about the surprise of the Murphy case, importance of Indian law...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Massachusetts Tribal Casino Legal Fight Expected to Conclude This Fall (7/11/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The tribal casino dilemma in Massachusetts is scheduled to be resolved this October, as all parties involved in the legal battle have agreed to a set...
1 Article on this Issue

Census

article LETTERS: The Legal Clash Over the Census (7/10/2019)
(USA) -- To the Editor: Re “Justice Dept. Reaffirms Goal for the Census” (front page, July 6): The census is a survey asking potential respondents to provide...
article Trump’s Path Forward on Census Question Could be Headed to Constitutional Crisis (7/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite an embarrassing loss before the United States Supreme Court two weeks ago, the Trump administration has decided to press its case to add a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Georgia Gaming

article Defense Lawyers Say Macon DA's Call for New Law Means Gaming Machines Are Legal (7/10/2019)
(Georgia) -- The first lawyers to successfully challenge Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cooke’s practice of pursuing gambling charges against businesses...
1 Article on this Issue

Pala Tribe

article Man Injured In Shooting At Pala Indian Reservation (7/10/2019)
(California) -- A fight between three people at a home on the grounds of the Pala Indian Reservation escalated Tuesday into a shooting that left one man wounded and...
1 Article on this Issue

Rhode Island Gaming

article Tiverton May Not Weigh-In On Rhode Island Sports Betting Lawsuit (7/10/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- The lawsuit concerning sports betting in Rhode Island is beginning its preliminary discussions not in the courtroom but at the city level. Giovanni...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article The History Behind the Supreme Court Showdown Over Tribal Land Is Bloody and Violent. For Rebecca Nagle, It’s Also Personal. (7/19/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- “The Supreme Court case no one is talking about” began with a murder. It could end with 43 percent of Oklahoma’s land being returned to tribal governments...
article Tug and barge owner to pay $2.2 million in B.C. fuel spill (7/17/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The owner of a tug and barge that grounded and spilled diesel in Canadian waters on its return from Southeast Alaska will pay about $2.2 million in...
article Tribes want say in Quincy lawsuit over Long Island Bridge (7/17/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Native American tribes who say their ancestors are buried on Long Island have asked a judge to allow them to testify in Suffolk Superior Court, where...
article BLOG: WATSO v. LOUREY (7/17/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Kimberly Watso, individually and on behalf of C.H. and C.P., her minor children; Kaleen Dietrich, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Tony Lourey, in his...
article Yosemite Hotels Get Their Historic Names Back After Trademark Dispute (7/16/2019)
(California) -- The names of several major hotels and camp villages at Yosemite National Park in California are being restored, after a years-long trademark dispute.
article Feds Press To End Whistleblower Suit Over Tribal Firing (sub req) (7/15/2019)
(Washington) -- U.S. Department of Justice attorneys hoping to shut down a retaliation suit by an ousted health executive for the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of...
article Feds Say Tribal Immunity No Bar Against Criminal Charges (sub req) (7/15/2019)
(New York) -- The federal government told the Third Circuit on Friday that another court’s recent ruling on tribal immunity to civil suits didn’t help an...
article 'Operating in the dark': How much detail courts get in child protection cases depends on where you live (7/14/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Little is revealed at the outset of Manitoba child protection cases about why kids are taken into care, a recent CBC investigation into child protection...
article In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing site improvements pass US Senate (7/12/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) have announced that, with...
article Ecuador tribe wins legal battle over the Amazon (7/12/2019)
(Colombia) -- A court in Ecuador has upheld a ruling that prevents the government from selling land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, a move activists called a...
article Appeals court hears Duluth police officer case (7/11/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Thursday in the case of a Duluth police officer who was ordered reinstated after being fired for...
article Meet the Orrick Associate Who Just Won a Major En Banc 9th Circuit Decision (7/11/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Here’s a name to remember: Easha Anand. The Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe associate is among the next generation of lawyers to watch as a...
article Case against ex-tribe police chief goes back to county court (7/9/2019)
(Michigan) -- The case against a former Upper Peninsula police chief who has been barred from running for public office is heading back to county court. Fred Paquin...
article Ex-tribe police chief case goes back to county circuit court (7/9/2019)
(Michigan) -- The case of a former police chief in the Upper Peninsula who’s been barred from running for public office because of a corruption conviction is...
article Op-Ed | Is Tribal Hunting Coming To Yellowstone National Park? (7/9/2019)
(Wyoming) -- In 1872, Congress designated the northwestern corner of the Wyoming Territory as Yellowstone National Park. We have celebrated the nation’s first...
article Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years (7/9/2019)
(California) -- A former IT administrator has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for accessing his employer's computers without authorization and...
article Court Revives Manslaughter Charge in Baby’s Drug-Related Death (7/8/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A divided Eighth Circuit panel reinstated an involuntary manslaughter charge Friday against a South Dakota woman whose son died hours after birth and...
article Ex-tribe police chief case goes back to county circuit court (7/8/2019)
(Michigan) -- The case of a former police chief in the Upper Peninsula who's been barred from running for public office because of a corruption conviction is headed...
article Justice and race: Native Americans under-represented in western SD jury pools (7/7/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Action to bolster the low number of Native Americans in western South Dakota’s federal jury pools could be imminent as the problem comes into...
article Montana man faces new charges in beheading of casino patron (7/6/2019)
(Montana) -- One of two Montana men accused of decapitating a winning casino patron faces new charges. The Billings Gazette reports that 32-year-old Donald Ray Cherry...

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