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Oklahoma Gaming

article In Latest Filings, Tribes, Stitt Ask Judge to Rule in Their Favor in Gaming Compact Lawsuit (5/26/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt made their latest cases to the judge presiding over their gaming compact lawsuit. Documents submitted on Friday by...
article Governor, tribes present legal arguments in dispute over state gaming compacts (5/23/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal court lawsuit between Oklahoma gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt moved one step closer to a potential judicial resolution Friday...
article Two tribes defend new gaming compacts (5/23/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes that broke away from other Oklahoma tribes to sign gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt say the amount of annual exclusivity fees they owe the...
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Yurok Tribe

article Court denies Yurok Tribe effort to increase downstream Klamath River flows (5/25/2020)
(California) -- A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday May 22 sided with local water users and the federal government, preventing more of the Klamath Project’s...
article Klamath Tribes respond to Yurok Tribe ruling (5/25/2020)
(California) -- The Klamath Tribes are heartened by Judge William Orrick’s decision Friday not to order Reclamation to increase releases from Upper Klamath Lake to...
article Monday, the Bureau of Reclamation Shut Off Needed Klamath River Flows, Says Yurok Tribe (5/16/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Judge Nixes Bid to Stop Coal Sales That Trump Revived (5/24/2020)
(Montana) -- A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium...
article Judge nixes bid to stop coal sales that Trump revived (5/22/2020)
(Montana) -- A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium...
article Hydro hands injunction to Tataskweyak community members blocking access to Keeyask site (5/19/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Members of Tataskweyak Cree Nation have been ordered to stop blocking the road to Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask generating station construction site. The...
article Signing of Wet'suwet'en agreement could land Ottawa in court (5/14/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Despite objections from some elected leaders of the Wet'suwet'en First Nations, the federal and B.C. governments plan to sign an agreement...
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Opioid Crisis

article Drug distributor employees emailed a parody song about ‘pillbillies,’ documents show (5/24/2020)
(Ohio) -- As the opioid epidemic raged in 2011, employees of drug distributor AmerisourceBergen, Corp., shared an email: a parody of the theme song for the “...
1 Article on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article Fox objects to judge's order saying ballots sent on day of primary will count (5/24/2020)
(Montana) -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is trying to reverse a Billings judge's decision that ballots postmarked up and including the day of the June 2 primary...
article Montana Judge Halts Ballot Gathering Restrictions Weeks Before June Primary (5/20/2020)
(Montana) -- A Montana judge agreed Wednesday to put a temporary restraining order on a state law that tribal groups say harshly disenfranchises Native American voters....
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Federal Recognition

article Judge rules Burt Lake Band can apply for federal recognition (5/23/2020)
(Michigan) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians can reapply for federal recognition, and tribal authorities have until...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Hard Rock Rockford investor embroiled in bitter lawsuit (5/23/2020)
(Illinois) -- A chief investor in the Hard Rock Casino Rockford is embroiled in a vicious civil lawsuit over efforts to expand his gambling empire. Dotty’s...
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Catawba Nation

article Cherokee, Catawba tribes head to court over North Carolina casino (5/22/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Finding an amicable solution to a South Carolina (SC) tribe’s plans for a casino in territory claimed by a North Carolina (NC) tribe seems to...
article CN joins EBCI’s fight over trust land for casino (5/22/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation says it’s been granted permission to intervene in a court case between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina and...
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Fort Sill Apache

article Judge rules against Fort Sill Apache casino in New Mexico (5/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge ruled last week against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma that has long sought to operate a casino in New Mexico. In an opinion, U.S...
article Judge Rules Against Fort Sill Apache Casino in New Mexico (5/21/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge ruled last week against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma that has long sought to operate a casino in New Mexico. In an opinion, U.S...
article Court ruling derails Ft. Sill Apache tribe's casino plans at Akela Flats, NM (5/18/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Late last week, United States District Court Judge Ellen S. Huvelle issued an opinion upholding the National Indian Gaming Commission’s (“...
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Supreme Court

article Supreme Court won’t block gender confirmation surgery of Idaho transgender inmate (5/22/2020)
(Idaho) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a transgender inmate in Idaho from getting gender confirmation surgery. The court’s brief order, which was...
article Supreme Court won’t halt preparations for transgender inmate’s surgery (5/22/2020)
(Idaho) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday night refused to stop court-ordered surgery for a transgender prisoner in Idaho. Adree Edmo is scheduled for what the state...
article Analysis: Why Oklahoma’s historic (and recent) legal arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court are so vital (5/18/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Just a few days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McGirt v. Oklahoma. Attorney General Mike Hunter, in press comments after...
article U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear $150M NJTHA Case Versus Sports Leagues (5/18/2020)
(New Jersey) -- The United States Supreme Court on Monday opted not to get involved in a years-long court dispute over whether the major professional and college sports...
article OP/ED: Do we redefine sovereignty? (5/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Within Oklahoma, the Native American tribes in our state are sovereign nations. There are 29 tribal sovereign nations in Oklahoma, and these tribes have...
article NAC: Supreme Court hears McGirt jurisdiction case (5/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a pivotal jurisdiction case about tribal land in Oklahoma. For the first time in history the...
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Enbridge Pipeline

article Environmental advocates, landowners seek to stop Enbridge taking land for northern Wisconsin pipeline (5/21/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A coalition of environmental advocates and landowners is seeking to stop a Canadian company’s attempt to take private land in order to reroute an...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Civil claim against former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation dismissed (5/21/2020)
(North Canada) -- A civil claim against the former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation has been dismissed. ADK Holdings Ltd., the corporate arm of Acho Dene Koe First...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Decision In Tribe's Case Pending After Judge Hears Arguments (5/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A decision with implications for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereignty over reservation lands is pending after federal Judge Paul L....
article Members Of Congress File In Support Of Tribe On Eve Of Arguments (5/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- On the eve of scheduled oral arguments, 25 members of Congress filed an amici curiae, or friends of the court, in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Native Tribe Could Lose Its Land Under New Trump Administration Guidelines (5/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Taking up whether the Trump administration can revoke reservation status for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620, a...
article Tribe argues land case in U.S. District Court (5/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. District judge said Wednesday he could rule in a week to 10 days on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s latest attempt to salvage a $1...
article Tribe’s Case: Group Of 30 Tribal Nations Motions In Support Of Mashpee Wampanoag (5/14/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- A group representing 30 federally recognized tribal nations motioned on Monday, May 11, for the judge overseeing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...
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Minnesota Gaming

article Judge: Electronic pulltabs don't violate tribal gambling monopoly (5/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Electronic pulltabs, the source of public funding for U.S. Bank Stadium, survived a legal challenge Thursday by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community....
1 Article on this Issue

Crow Creek Sioux

article Crow Creek tribal leaders sentenced in embezzlement case (5/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A former chairwoman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a council member have been sentenced in a tribal embezzlement scheme involving four others....
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Mashantucket Pequot

article How Today's Case over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Land Could Impact the Country (5/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans and indigenous rights supporters will be watching Wednesday, as a federal judge is expected to hear arguments in the case over the...
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New Jersey Gaming

article Casino Slip-and-Fall Suit Filed Amid Bankruptcy Gets Another Play (5/20/2020)
(New Jersey) -- A personal injury case by a New Jersey couple against Harrah’s Atlantic City casino and its parent company, Caesars Entertainment Inc., can proceed...
1 Article on this Issue

Postle Scandal

article Stones Gambling Hall, Kings Casino File Amended Motions to Dismiss Postlegate Lawsuit (5/20/2020)
(California) -- Stones Gambling Hall parent King’s Casino Management and “Stones Live!” director Justin Kuraitis have filed amended motions to dismiss...
article Stones Gambling Hall Files Another Motion To Dismiss Poker Cheating Lawsuit (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Last week, legal teams for King’s Casino LLC and Justin Kuraitis each filed another motion to dismiss lawsuits against them in the Mike Postle...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article Judge Rules In Favor Of Shinnecock In Billboard Dispute (5/20/2020)
(New York) -- A judge in New York has lifted a temporary restraining order against the Shinnecock Indian Nation that had prevented the tribe from finishing work on a...
article Judge denies state injunction request to remove Shinnecock billboard (5/19/2020)
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge has denied New York state’s request for a preliminary injunction to remove the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s billboard...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article The small Native American tribe fighting Trump's wall in South Texas (5/20/2020)
(Texas) -- When President Trump announced plans to build a wall along the Rio Grande River, Juan Mancias smelled a rat. Mancias is the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal leader...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article ACLU supports tribes in checkpoints dispute with Gov. Kristi Noem (5/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is supporting tribes who set up checkpoints on roads traveling through their reservations as part of...
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N.J. Sports Betting

article Horse racing group closer to payday in sports gambling suit (5/18/2020)
(New Jersey) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a dispute over whether the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA have to pay millions of dollars to...
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North Fork Rancheria

article State Supreme Court to Hear Mono Casino Case Early Next Month (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Mono tribal officials are hopeful the last remaining legal barriers may soon be removed in the tribe’s nearly 20-year effort to build a casino and...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Utah lawyers rally help for hard-hit Navajo Nation (5/17/2020)
(Utah) -- At first look, it makes no sense. Why should the spread of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation rival that of New York City? The Navajo Nation Reservation is...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Desautel-Sinixt case postponed until fall session in Supreme Court of Canada (5/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The Supreme Court of Canada announced, April 29, that it would only hear a handful of cases - via video-conference - in June, and all other cases that...
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Washington Gaming

article DOI Was Wrong To OK Rival's Casino, Tribe Tells 9th Circ. (sub req) (5/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has asked the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court's dismissal of its suit challenging the government's approval of a...
1 Article on this Issue

PASPA Decision

article 2 Years After SCOTUS Repeals the Ban, Here’s What’s Next for Sports Betting (5/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The day the United States Supreme Court repealed the federal ban on sports betting — May 14, 2018 — has proven to be one of the most...
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Redskins

article American Indian Man Aims to Revive Lawsuit Against Redskins, NFL (5/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A man asserting American Indian ancestry asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to allow his appeal of dismissed defamation and trademark infringement...
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Other News

article In Vancouver, Vital Legal Help for Indigenous People (5/25/2020)
(British Columbia) -- When Mai Eagle Speaker’s six-year-old niece was taken into government care three years ago, she wanted to become her caregiver. Mya had...
article Aristocrat agrees to $47m payout to settle smartphone game lawsuits (5/24/2020)
(Australia) -- Australian poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure has agreed to pay $US31 million ($47 million) to US customers who lost money playing with "...
article No lawyer appointed yet for Kevin Mantla murder appeal (5/21/2020)
(North Canada) -- A Gameti man serving time for murder and attempted murder says he has no hope of appealing his conviction himself because he can barely read and has no...
article Argentina’s online gaming market just hit a brick wall (5/7/2020)
(Argentina) -- Possibly taking a cue from Sheldon Adelson’s playbook, retail casino operators in Argentina just delivered a huge blow to the nascent online gaming...
article Washington state to study possible bias in patrol stops (5/6/2020)
(Washington) -- The state of Washington has allotted $50,000 to study possible biases in the Washington State Patrol after an investigation found troopers search people...
article Former Casino Queen Employees Sue Company Over 2012 Sale (5/6/2020)
(Missouri) -- Two former Casino Queen employees have filed suit against the casino’s old owners over the 2012 sale of the property that made it employee-owned. The...
article State to study Washington State Patrol stops and searches for possible bias (5/5/2020)
(Washington) -- Washington will spend $50,000 to study possible biases in the Washington State Patrol after an investigation found troopers search people of color,...
article On the Front Lines: Lawyer helps the unemployed access their claims (5/3/2020)
(Washington) -- Juliana Repp has spent her entire life helping the underdogs. And with nearly 1 million unemployment claims filed in recent weeks due to layoffs caused...
article On the Front Lines: Lawyer helps the unemployed access their claims (5/2/2020)
(Washington) -- Juliana Repp has spent her entire life helping the underdogs. And with nearly 1 million unemployment claims filed in recent weeks due to layoffs caused...
article Ranch owner sentenced in death of bald eagles (4/28/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A rancher on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation will pay $108,850 in fines and restitution after authorities say he misapplied pesticide leading to...
article Bangladesh Bank Appeals US Ruling Clearing Bloomberry Over New York Fed Cyber-Heist (4/23/2020)
(New York) -- Bangladesh Bank has appealed last month’s US federal court ruling that dismissed claims of liability against Philippine casino operator Bloomberry...
article Tribal Council’s Suit Against U.S. Over Trust Fund May Proceed (4/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- An American Indian council may proceed with its claim the U.S. breached a statutory duty by failing to ensure money it received from the sale of school...
article UPDATE: 4 missing children in Wyoming found safe, authorities say (4/11/2020)
(Wyoming) -- An amber alert has been issued in Fremont County, Wyoming for four children. Authorities say Stacia Potter, a non-custodial parent, abducted her four...
article New Motions Filed by Stones Gambling Hall in Mike Postle Cheating Case (4/11/2020)
(California) -- Although many courtrooms are darkened at this time, action has been heating up in the Mike Postle case in California. One of the defendants in the case,...
article Sitka Tribe wins its first round in lawsuit against state of Alaska over herring fishery (4/10/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has won a round in its longstanding lawsuit against the state over the management of the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery. In...
article Tipped Wages and Supreme Court Cases: A Labor History of U.S. Bartenders (4/10/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- In recent weeks, bars and restaurants across the country have shut down or pivoted to takeout/delivery-only options in response to the novel coronavirus...
article Raquel Montoya-Lewis Is Ready for the State Supreme Court (4/9/2020)
(Washington) -- When Raquel Montoya-Lewis walks the halls of Olympia’s Temple of Justice, intimidation fairly radiates from its marble pillars—and from the...
article Judge allows Alaska tribal herring lawsuit to move forward (4/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska court has upheld a lawsuit by a tribal organization against the state concerning the sac roe herring fishery and its protection as a subsistence...
article Sitka Tribe wins first round in suit against state (4/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has won a round in its longstanding suit against the state over the management of the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery. In oral...
article First Nations health service pensions under provincial jurisdiction, Federal Court of Appeal rules (3/27/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled the pension plans of two First Nations health authorities in Saskatchewan are the responsibility of the province...

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