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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Supreme Court won't hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids (11/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody...
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Ione Miwok Casino

article Calif. County Asks 9th Circ. To Rehear Tribal Casino Row [sub req] (11/21/2017)
(California) -- A California county on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to rethink a panel ruling backing a lower court’s support of the U.S. Department of the...
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Mandalay Bay Shooting

article More Than 450 Las Vegas Shooting Victims Sue Over Attack (11/21/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- Hundreds of victims of the October mass shooting in Las Vegas are suing over the attack, arguing that the owners of the hotel the gunman used to stage the...
article Mandalay Bay and concert promoter sued by hundreds of Las Vegas massacre survivors (11/20/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- Lawyers representing more than 450 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre filed multiple lawsuits Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, arguing...
article Nevada Supreme Court ruling could expose MGM Resorts in Las Vegas shooting (11/18/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- Just days after the Oct. 1 shooting, a Nevada Supreme Court panel issued a decision that could sharpen questions about the adequacy of security at...
article Nevada Supreme Court ruling could expose MGM Resorts in Mandalay Bay shooting (11/17/2017)
(Nevada) -- Just days after the Oct. 1 shooting, a Nevada Supreme Court panel issued a decision that could sharpen questions about the adequacy of security at Mandalay...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Tribe's Marijuana Consultant Pays Fine, Court Costs (11/21/2017)
(South Dakota) -- A consultant charged after he worked with a Native American tribe on its plans to open the nation's first marijuana resort will have his case...
article Pot Dispensary in Wahnapitae Raises Concerns (11/10/2017)
(Ontario) -- A First Nation medicinal marijuana dispensary which opened in September is drawing the ire of the federal government. Located on the Wahnapitae First Nation...
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N.J. Sports Betting

article New Jersey Reps get ready for sports betting case (11/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, along with representatives acting for New Jersey, stated their case in legal briefs before...
article Sports gaming experts: Guarded optimism as the potential for PASPA repeal nears (11/19/2017)
(New York) -- Guarded optimism was the general tone of some leading American sports gambling experts regarding the activity’s future after the U.S. Supreme Court...
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Payday Loans

article LEGAL BLOG: Oklahoma AG Sides With Tribal Defendants, Assails CFPB's Expansive Interpretation Of Enforcement Powers (11/21/2017)
(Kansas) -- In an amicus brief filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter assailed the expansive...
article CFPB Sues Tribal-Affiliated Online Loan Servicer for Collecting on Allegedly Void Loans (11/20/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On November 16, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in Montana federal court against Think Finance for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet...
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Shingle Springs

article Calif. Tribe Fights Union Over Labor Arbitration At 9th Circ. [sub req] (11/21/2017)
(California) -- A California tribe has told the Ninth Circuit that the court and not an arbitrator should decide whether to arbitrate a labor dispute involving two...
article Tribe Tells 9th Circ. Union Dispute Must Not Be Arbitrated [sub req] (11/20/2017)
(California) -- The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians told a panel of the Ninth Circuit on Friday that a memorandum of agreement between the tribe’s casino and...
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Wampanoag Aquinnah

article State, town react to Wampanoag Supreme Court filing (11/21/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Final arguments have been filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case involving the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and its pursuit of a...
article Final Briefs Are Filed in Casino Case (11/20/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A final round of arguments was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today before the justices decide whether to take up a challenge to the Aquinnah tribe...
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Allergan Patent

article How a Native American tribe came to own one of the world’s most valuable patents (11/20/2017)
(New York) -- Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox, is using an unprecedented tactic to protect its valuable patents – angering lawyers and politicians, and...
article Why Is Allergan Partnering with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe? (11/14/2017)
(New York) -- The St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, in upstate New York, sits at the U.S. border with Canada, and most of its residents are citizens of both countries, as...
article Five testimonies from the Allergan-tribe patent hearing (11/13/2017)
(USA) -- On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on IP took part in the “Sovereign Immunity and the Intellectual Property System”...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Pipeline opponents ask to drop all charges (11/20/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Appearing solemn as they gathered Monday morning, three women presented the Morton County State's Attorney's Office with a petition asking to...
article Petitions to request dropping of charges against pipeline protesters (11/19/2017)
(North Dakota) -- As a follow-up to the one-year anniversary of clashes between law enforcement and protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Backwater Bridge...
article Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists (11/15/2017)
(USA) -- THE PRIVATE SECURITY firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for...
article Yankton Sioux Say Dakota Pipeline Permits Should Be Pulled (11/15/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe urged a D.C. federal judge on Friday to cancel all permits and environmental reviews issued by the federal government for...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article Controversial Keystone XL pipeline route across Nebraska is approved, but hurdles likely remain (11/20/2017)
(Nebraska) -- A state commission on Monday approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline across Nebraska, but it was not the route preferred by its developer. In a 3-2...
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Navajo Nation

article Program enhances Navajo language in tribal courts (11/19/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Inside a study room at Navajo Technical University here, a class of seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are taking steps to enhance...
article Navajo court transcription and interpretation program (11/18/2017)
(Arizona) -- Seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are part of a pilot program to learn how to transcribe and interpret tribal court proceedings from...
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Supreme Court

article Oklahoma tribal murder case is ripe for the Supreme Court, top federal judge says (11/19/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The most powerful judge across six states believes an Oklahoma murder case is ripe for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Keweenaw Bay Tribe

article Mich. Tribe Wins Bid To Strengthen Casino Doc Protections [sub req] (11/18/2017)
(Michigan) -- A federal magistrate judge on Thursday granted the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request to strengthen the protective order in its suit against...
article Mich. Tribe Wins Bid To Strengthen Casino Doc Protections (sub req) (11/17/2017)
(Michigan) -- A federal magistrate judge on Thursday granted the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request to strengthen the protective order in its suit against...
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Maryland Gaming

article Laurel Park racetrack denied final appeal in long-running fight with Anne Arundel County (11/18/2017)
(Maryland) -- Anne Arundel County has prevailed in its long-running court battle with over water and sewer fees for a redevelopment of the Laurel Park race track. The...
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Sports Betting

article Scientific Games joins scrum over sports betting market (11/18/2017)
(Nevada) -- The scramble to become leaders in a U.S. sports betting market that doesn't even exist yet is heating up. Las Vegas-based Scientific Games Corp. joined a...
article Sports betting challenge could shake up Texas gaming (11/18/2017)
(Texas) -- A lawsuit slated for oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court in early December could change the face of legal gambling, not just in Texas but across the...
article Upstate casinos await sports-bet ruling (11/17/2017)
(New York) -- Sports betting will likely be coming to New York's network of casinos and racinos if the U.S. Supreme Court moves in December to strike down the...
article Lawsuit highlights just how much is riding on a potential legal sports betting future in the US (11/14/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A number of gambling technology companies are involved in legal tussles ahead of a US Supreme Court ruling on legalizing sports betting next year.
article Possible Legalization of Sports Betting Stirs Gambling Tech Giants (11/14/2017)
(New Jersey) -- Some of the leading gambling technology companies are fighting for the top spot in the sports betting industry before courts have even made a decision to...
article SCOTUS sports betting decision to come by spring 2018 (11/14/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court slated to hear oral arguments in the case Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association on December 4, the gaming...
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DOI

article Forest bill allows tribes to grab county power, lawyer says (11/17/2017)
(Washington) -- While intended to improve forest management to reduce the threat of wildfires, the Resilient Federal Forests Act also allows the federal government to...
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Wynn Resorts

article Wynn Loses Bid to Avoid Trial Over Okada’s Stock Redemption (11/16/2017)
(Nevada) -- Wynn Resorts Ltd. lost a bid to avoid a jury trial over the forced redemption of Kazuo Okada’s 20 percent stake in the casino operator. A Nevada state...
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Sixties Scoop

article Sask. government should pay $200M in compensation to Sixties Scoop survivors, says FSIN (11/15/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations wants financial compensation for survivors of the Sixties Scoop attached to an apology from the...
article Sask. man files human rights complaint over Métis exclusion from Sixties Scoop settlement (11/14/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A Métis man from Saskatchewan has filed a human rights complaint against Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett,...
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Poker

article Rob Yong Shares Events Which Led Up To High Stakes Poker Lawsuit (11/14/2017)
(Czech Republic) -- The legal tussle between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and Australian high-stakes poker pro Matthew Kirk has been well documented by a...
article King’s Casino Owner Says He Is Being Sued Due To Unethical Practices That Target Poker Players (11/13/2017)
(Czech Republic) -- Leon Tsoukernik, the owner of the popular King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic just finished hosting a successful World Series of Poker...
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Forest County Potawatomi

article Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Forest Co. tribal leader (11/11/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The chairman of the Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa failed Friday to convince a judge to throw out charges accusing him of assaulting a tribal...
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Mining & Drilling

article U.S. Justice pledges to prosecute activists who damage pipelines (11/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday pledged to prosecute protesters who damage oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure, a move that could...
article Supreme Court to decide whether companies can walk away from abandoned wells in Alberta (11/10/2017)
(Alberta) -- The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal from Alberta’s energy regulator over a ruling that could allow energy companies to walk away...
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Muscogee Creek

article Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (11/11/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump...
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William Hill

article William Hill set for US court battle after company it part owns lodges legal complaint (11/11/2017)
(New Jersey) -- William Hill looks set for a US court showdown over its attempts to block a rival’s takeover of an American business the British bookmaker has a...
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Water Issues

article Montana Supreme Court Upholds CSKT Water Compact (11/10/2017)
(Montana) -- The Montana Supreme Court this week upheld the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ hard-won water compact, ruling that the legislatively approved...
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Card Clubs

article Larry Flynt Loses California Casino Gambling Fight (11/9/2017)
(California) -- Larry Flynt, the poker-playing porn magnate and casino owner, has lost his bid to be allowed to enter the California poker market after a federal judge...
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Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article Coeur d'Alene Tribe won't comment on arrest of top casino executive for battery (11/9/2017)
(Idaho) -- The top gaming executive for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has been arrested for battery, according to news reports. Francis SiJohn, the chief executive officer...
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Other News

article 'A human request for justice:' Lawyer receives award for career dedicated to Mi'kmaq treaty rights (11/21/2017)
(Nova Scotia) -- "Coincidentally, we're overlooking Indian Lake," lawyer Bruce Wildsmith said with a laugh, on his property in Barss Corner, N.S. Appropriate, one could...
article Two receive six-month prison terms in casino blackjack scheme (11/21/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Two men were sentenced to six months in federal custody and ordered to make restitution for their roles in a blackjack scheme that resulted in at least...
article Casino management lawsuit dismissed; judge says business council has immunity (11/20/2017)
(Wyoming) -- A tribal court judge has dismissed a legal claim filed by Michael Blackburn, who had sought to uphold an order by the Northern Arapaho General Council to...
article Federalist Society, White House cooperation on judges paying benefits (11/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The first time the Trump campaign talked with officials of The Federalist Society about judicial nominations, White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn...
article Fool Bear appeals from federal prison (11/19/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Six weeks after his sentence to 30 years in federal prison, Robert Fool Bear Sr. has filed his appeal. The former Cannon Ball district chairman was...
article PODCAST: The fight for Native American humanity (11/18/2017)
(USA) -- In 1879, a landmark case asked the question: Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution? This is Chief Standing Bear's story...
article Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Files Lawsuit Against Mille Lacs County (11/18/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin announced today that the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLB) has filed a complaint in federal district court...
article Mille Lacs Band suing county, sheriff in police dispute (11/18/2017)
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has filed a federal lawsuit against Mille Lacs County, the sheriff and the county’s prosecutor, asking the court to...
article Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe sues county over policing dispute (11/18/2017)
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe sued Mille Lacs County in federal court Friday, asking a judge to allow tribal officers to do their jobs without the county...
article Ramapoughs broke law putting up tepees, judge says (11/17/2017)
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Lenape Nation violated local zoning law when it erected tepees on its Mahwah property, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.In his decision...
article CFPB Guns for Think Finance. Files Suit Alleging Consumer Deception in Repaying Loans Not Legally Owned (11/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed suit in federal court against Think Finance, a Fintech that leverages its technology to...
article NAFSA: Recent CFPB action could set dangerous precedent (11/17/2017)
(Washington) -- A recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) action is deeply troubling for tribal sovereignty and tribal economic development, according to the...
article Oklahoma AG Sides with Tribal Defendants, Assails CFPB’s Expansive Interpretation of Enforcement Powers (11/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- In an amicus brief filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter assailed the expansive...
article ASU Law alum brings skills to Indian country (11/17/2017)
(California) -- Debra Gee was born in San Jose, California along with her older brother, Randy Gee and her younger sister, Quannah Gee Dallas. Her mother, Estherlene Gee...
article Report Highlights Collaboration Between Tribal, State, & Federal Courts that Benefit Michigan Families (11/15/2017)
(Michigan) -- Michigan judicial leaders representing state, federal, and tribal courts today released a new report highlighting their cooperative efforts to better meet...
article Report highlights success of tribal, state and federal courts working together (11/14/2017)
(Michigan) -- Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack learned as part of a group studying ways the state’s judicial systems can help families that...
article Ottawa suing OmniTRAX over Churchill rail (11/14/2017)
(Manitoba) -- Transport Canada says it is taking legal action against the owner of the Churchill rail line. The move comes after the government says OmniTRAX Inc. failed...
article Federal Administrative Court decides unlicensed gambling remains illegal (11/14/2017)
(Germany) -- German gambling regulation and its enforcement have been subject to cyclical fluctuations for more than a decade now but the outcome always remains the same...
article This has nothing to do with justice (11/13/2017)
(New Jersey) -- "Our only goal is to make sure that zoning codes are followed." This demand, made by the mayor of the township of Mahwah, forms the basis for a...
article Federal Administrative Court Backs Online Casino and Poker Ban in Germany (11/13/2017)
(Germany) -- The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany ruled late last month that an existing ban on online casino, poker, and scratchcard games complied with...

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