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Buffalo & Bison

article Yellowstone bison hunt generates controversy, court battle (11/18/2019)
(Montana) -- Bison that leave Yellowstone National Park’s safety zone face being shot at close range in a yearly hunt characterized by nearby Montana residents as...
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Philippines Gaming

article Bloomberry files appeal over $296-million judgment (11/18/2019)
(Philippines) -- Bloomberry Resorts has to shell out $296 million to cover the termination of a management services agreement it had with a gambling operator, but it...
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Klamath Tribes

article Klamath Tribes agree with court's ruling (11/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes are in agreement with the outcome of the ‘Takings’ case – a federal case involving water allocation in the Klamath...
article Tribes’ water rights at Klamath River upheld by federal circuit court (11/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- Native American tribal water rights are guaranteed by the federal government to the extent that endangered species, like salmon in the Klamath River, aren...
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Wynn Boston Harbor

article Federal judge tosses racketeering lawsuit by former Suffolk Downs owners over Encore casino license (11/17/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that the former owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack provided evidence of possible wrongdoing by the company that won...
article Excessive idling by Encore Boston Harbor shuttles sparks lawsuit threat (11/13/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Every few minutes, another large, black bus putters to a curb at the Wellington MBTA station, where it joins a line of shuttles that await a steady...
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Seminole Tribe

article Seminole Tribe Claims It's Immune To Church Takeover Suit (sub req) (11/16/2019)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida invoked its sovereign immunity in calling Thursday for a federal court to toss a Haitian Baptist church's lawsuit alleging...
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Residential Schools

article School survivors left out of federal settlement gear up for class-action suit (11/15/2019)
(Canada) -- In the 1950s and 60s, Abe Parenteau and George Munroe were forced to attend the Duck Bay Special School in their community, located on the west side of Lake...
article Cree man sues for alleged abuse in 1970s Winnipeg boarding home (11/13/2019)
(Winnipeg) -- A Cree man says he was beaten, locked in a closet and called racist and derogatory names while in the care of a Winnipeg boarding home in the 1970s,...
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Cherokee Nation

article Lawsuit against tribal registrar dismissed by both parties (11/14/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Both parties in a Cherokee Nation citizenship dispute recently agreed to dismiss the case in a CN court filing. Ryan Eagleston, representing plaintiff...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline (11/14/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months,...
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Hoopa Tribe

article Federal Circuit honors 2001 court decision for Hoopa Valley Tribe water privilege (11/14/2019)
(California) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit supported the senior water rights of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other tribes in an appeal by Baley v....
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Makah Tribe

article Makah Tribe’s quest to hunt another gray whale moves to court (11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Twenty years ago, the Makah Indian Tribe hunted and killed a gray whale, touching off both pride and protest around the world. The tribe is attempting to...
article Will Whale Hunting Return to the Pacific Northwest? (11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- The hunters paddled frantically, closing in on their target. When they drew near, one of them stood in the cedar canoe and thrust a harpoon into the...
article NOAA Fisheries to advocate in court for Makah Tribe whale hunts (11/13/2019)
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe in northwest Washington will make its case starting tomorrow in federal court in Seattle as to why they should be able to resume hunting...
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Mohegan Sun

article Bagnall: Melnyk giving no ground in suit over gambling debt (11/14/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Four months after a Connecticut casino launched a suit to reclaim $1 million in gambling debts from Eugene Melnyk, it seems the Ottawa Senators owner is...
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Oneida Nation

article LEGAL BLOG: A Tale of Two Oneida Nations: Trademark Challenge Rejected by Second Circuit for Lack of Standing (11/14/2019)
(New York) -- The Second Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York’s action challenging the U.S....
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Sports Betting

article HOLDEN: Tribal Compacts: A Primer For Legal US Sports Betting (11/14/2019)
(Tennessee) -- The spread of legal sports betting in the United States accelerated greatly in the past year. Thirteen states now offer some form of sports wagering, with...
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Foxwoods

article Man to serve 29 months for assault on Foxwoods security officer (11/13/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Member Jukumu Reels-Felder was sentenced Tuesday in New London Superior Court to 29 months in prison for assaulting a...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Tribe concerned about ICWA case rehearing (11/13/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Rules Committee heard updates during a Wednesday meeting from Assistant Attorney General Chris Nimmo on the tribe's pending legal...
article Court to rehear law on adoptions of Native American children (11/9/2019)
(New Orleans) -- A federal appeals court announced Thursday that it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American...
article Tribal families get priority in Native American adoptions. An appeals court will decide whether that’s fair. (11/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- In the 40 years since Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act, the law has been criticized in legal challenges that have climbed all the way...
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Wire Act

article DOJ Delays Wire Act Case (11/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of Justice was granted an extension last week by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that effectively delays...
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Cedarville Rancheria

article Justices Rebuff Tribal Court Challenge By Ex-Employee [sub req] (11/12/2019)
(California) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a petition by a former administrator of the Cedarville Rancheria of Northern Paiute Indians, leaving in...
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Mining & Drilling

article Hoping to avoid ‘riot boosting’ repeat, tribal leaders ask Noem to loop them in on bills (11/12/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Some legislators want Gov. Kristi Noem to more thoroughly vet any legislation related to South Dakota's crime laws to avoid a trip to court over...
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Navajo Nation

article Utah ethics office rejects complaint against personal attorney for two San Juan County commissioners (11/12/2019)
(Utah) -- An ethics complaint filed against Steven Boos, the personal attorney for San Juan County Commissioners Willie Grayeyes and Kenneth Maryboy, has been dismissed...
article SRP hit with $53M claim for 'premature' closing of Kayenta coal mine (11/8/2019)
(Arizona) -- Peabody Energy, the coal company that ran the now-closed Kayenta Mine, says Salt River Project owes it more than $53 million for the "premature"...
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Seneca Niagara

article Upstate New York Tribal Casino Owner Ordered To Pay State $255 Million (11/12/2019)
(New York) -- A tribal nation in upstate New York has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $255 million to the state, according to a report from the New York Post.
article Senecas lose court ruling re withheld New York slots payments (11/11/2019)
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians has lost another legal skirmish over sharing casino gaming revenue with the state of New York. Last Friday, the US District...
article Court upholds ruling that Seneca Nation owes state millions in casino payments (11/10/2019)
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians owes New York state hundreds of millions of dollars in back casino revenue payments, a federal court ruled today. The payments...
article Cuomo aide: Judge denies Senecas' casino cash appeal (11/9/2019)
(New York) -- A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says an appeals judge has denied a request from the Seneca Nation of Indians to reject an arbitration panel...
article Federal district judge upholds gaming compact arbitration award against Senecas (11/9/2019)
(New York) -- A federal judge Friday upheld an arbitration award against the Seneca Nation of Indians to pay New York State more than $225 million in casino revenue. The...
article Judge rejects Seneca Nation's bid to suspend casino payments to state (11/9/2019)
(New York) -- A federal court judge has resoundingly rejected a challenge by the Seneca Nation of Indians to an arbitration award that directs the payment of hundreds of...
article Court upholds ruling that Seneca Nation owes state millions in casino payments (11/8/2019)
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians owes New York state hundreds of millions of dollars in back casino revenue payments, a federal court ruled today. The payments...
article Judge Backs Arbitration Panel Over Senecas In Casino Revenue Case (11/8/2019)
(New York) -- A federal judge has ruled to back an arbitration panel's ruling that the Seneca Nation of Indians was wrong to halt annual casino revenue sharing...
article Judge rejects Seneca Nation's bid to stop $255M in casino payments to state (11/8/2019)
(New York) -- A federal judge in Buffalo this afternoon sided with an arbitration panel that earlier this year said the Seneca Nation of Indians wrongly withheld at...
article Judge rules Seneca Nation of Indians must pay NYS casino revenues (11/8/2019)
(New York) -- A federal court order levied Friday may put a halt on some of the years-long bickering between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York state. A decision...
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Wynn Resorts

article New court filing unearths allegations about Steve, Elaine Wynn (11/12/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas philanthropist Elaine Wynn says she never encouraged women alleged to have been harassed by her former husband, Steve Wynn, to contact the Wall...
article Wynn Resorts wants court to toss ex-salon chief spying claim (11/12/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Wynn Resorts wants a Nevada judge to dismiss an ex-beauty salon director's lawsuit alleging company executives invaded his privacy and spied on him...
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Land Issues

article In Tlingit land-rights loss, a Native American rights attorney lays out injustice and hope for the future (11/11/2019)
(Alaska) -- Walter Echo-Hawk is, essentially, a walking law library. It makes sense, given that he’s been practicing law since 1973. He rattles off cases from...
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Supreme Court

article Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (11/11/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history....
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United Keetoowah Band

article Circuit Court declines to rehear land-in-trust case (11/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver announced on Friday, Nov. 8, that it had denied Cherokee Nation’s petition to rehear a Sept. 5 decision...
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Blackfeet Nation

article Ex-tribal chairman pleads guilty to wire fraud (11/10/2019)
(Montana) -- A former Blackfeet tribal chairman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in stealing from the Montana tribe’s Head Start program through an...
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New York Gaming

article Jake's 58 operator wants federal judge to toss Suffolk OTB lawsuit alleging misuse of funds [sub req] (11/10/2019)
(New York) -- The owner-operator of Jake's 58 casino has asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to throw out Suffolk OTB's lawsuit accusing the company of...
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Video Gaming

article Finch family seeking $25 million in swatting suit; Wichita’s spent $246,000 on defense (11/10/2019)
(Kansas) -- Eleven months from a scheduled trial date, the fatal “swatting” of Andrew Finch has already cost Wichita nearly a quarter of a million dollars...
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Adoption

article Tribal families get priority in Native American adoptions. An appeals court will decide whether that’s fair. (11/9/2019)
(Indian Country) -- In the 40 years since Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act, the law has been criticized in legal challenges that have climbed all the way to...
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Timbisha Shoshone

article Chamber luncheon Tuesday features business soundbites, election announcement (11/9/2019)
(California) -- The Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon on Tuesday will feature sound bites from local and regional businesses, as well an announcement by...
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California Gaming

article Tense Council session covers Molate judgment updates, district election hearing (11/8/2019)
(California) -- Tuesday’s City Council meeting ­­– called “long and raucous” in an email missive by Mayor Tom Butt — mimicked a...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article OJ Simpson sues Las Vegas casino, contends he was defamed (11/8/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino that banned him in November 2017, alleging that unnamed employees defamed him by telling a celebrity news...
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Tobacco & Cigarettes

article UPS Liable for Shipping Contraband Cigarettes in New York, Damages Reduced (11/8/2019)
(New York) -- A federal appeals court found United Parcel Service Inc liable to New York state and New York City for shipping hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed...
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Other News

article After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again (11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted...
article Court of Appeals Orders FMC Corporation to Pay Tribes for Storing Hazardous Waste on Fort Hall Reservation (11/16/2019)
(Idaho) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled unanimously that the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) have both adjudicatory and regulatory jurisdiction to...
article Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program Fully Staffed (11/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program (NHLSP) in Tuba City is now fully-staffed. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) has hired Susan Eastman to...
article P.E.I. Mi'kmaq 'disappointed' in dismissal of Mill River land sale appeal (11/15/2019)
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Mi'kmaq of P.E.I. are disappointed after the P.E.I. Court of Appeal decision to dismiss their appeal on the sale of the Mill River...
article Despite ruling, activists continue fight to end Mount Carleton snowmobile project (11/15/2019)
(New Brunswick) -- An environmental activist and the Wolastoq Grand Council are appealing the court decision that dismissed their case against the Mount Carleton...
article B.C. mother takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging ritual in class (11/15/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A mother on Vancouver Island says her two children’s Charter right to religious freedom was infringed when their classes participated in an...
article Remembering Maurina Beadle, the Mi’kmaw woman who fought Canada on Jordan’s Principle and won (11/15/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Maurina Beadle, a mother from Pictou Landing First Nation who took Canada to court over Jordan’s Principle and won in an effort to help her...
article Saipan Casino Developer Imperial Pacific Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury Over Relationship with Island’s Governor (11/15/2019)
(Saipan) -- Chinese casino developer Imperial Pacific International (PIP) has been summoned to testify before a federal grand jury on January 30, 2020, as part of an FBI...
article Minnesota Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Changing Lake Calhoun To Bde Maka Ska (11/13/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The debate over the name change of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska is now before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justices will consider whether the Department...
article MORON ALERT: Utah lawmaker sues US for $10M over trespassing conviction (11/13/2019)
(Utah) -- A former San Juan County commissioner has sued a federal land agency after he spent 10 days in jail for trespassing during an illegal all-terrain vehicle...
article South Dakota tribe wants 1863 removal law changed (11/12/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A South Dakota tribe is asking for the state's help to change an 1863 federal law that technically keeps them from owning land in Minnesota. The law...
article O.J. Simpson files defamation lawsuit against Las Vegas casino (11/10/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- O.J. Simpson on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas hotel-casino for defamation after employees informed news site, TMZ, that the former pro...
article How US reached ‘rock bottom’ of American Indian law (11/7/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Supreme Court case that denied a group of Tlingit people compensation for the sale of lumber from the Tongass National Forest was “an appalling...
article Sask. defence lawyers applaud Ont. judge's ruling allowing jury selection challenges (11/6/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan defence attorneys are welcoming a Hamilton, Ont., superior court judge's decision to uphold the old system of peremptory challenges...
article Ill. Casino Sued Over Biometric Facial Recognition Software [sub req] (11/6/2019)
(Illinois) -- A proposed class of consumers has slapped an Illinois casino with a federal lawsuit under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, claiming the...
article Ottawa in talks to settle First Nations child welfare class action lawsuit (11/5/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa says it has started talks to settle a $6 billion proposed class action lawsuit filed earlier this year on behalf of First Nations children affected by...
article New jury selection rules are unfair to Indigenous man, Hamilton judge rules (11/5/2019)
(Ontario) -- A Hamilton judge has ruled that new changes to the jury selection process violate the charter rights of an Indigenous man charged in the shooting death of...
article Court will take `Warrior Gene’ arguments under advisement (11/4/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in an appeal of a murder case that could force the state’s district court system to consider...
article Cities, tribes try a new environmental approach: Give nature rights (11/3/2019)
(Minnesota) -- When members of the White Earth band of Ojibwe in Minnesota take out their canoes to harvest wild rice, they're gathering a source of nourishment and...
article Whitewood man sentenced to probation for illegally guiding hunts on tribal land (10/31/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Whitewood man was given probation for guiding out-of-state hunters on unlawful hunts on tribal lands. Everett T. Mackaben Jr. was sentenced this week...

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