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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Bill Would Make It Legal to Run Over Protesters ‘Unintentionally’ (1/15/2017)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota lawmakers recently introduced a bill that’d legalize running over protesters, as long as it’s an accident. Safe to say, it won...
article Motorist liability introduced in response to pipeline protests (1/14/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A bill introduced by an oil patch lawmaker would provide an exemption for the driver of a motor vehicle if they unintentionally injured or killed a...
article A Murky Legal Mess at Standing Rock (1/14/2017)
(North Dakota) -- In early September, Allisha LaBarge, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, travelled from Hibbing, Minnesota, to the Standing Rock Sioux...
article New federal charges filed against protester accused of shooting during arrest (1/9/2017)
(North Dakota) -- More federal charges have been filed against a pipeline protester accused of shooting toward law enforcement officers in October. Red Fawn Fallis, 37,...
article Corps, tribes to judge: Reject Dakota Access company request (1/9/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two Native American tribes that oppose the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline have asked a federal judge to...
article Tribe, corps side against Dakota Access in court claim (1/9/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A lawsuit that originally pitted the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improperly authorizing the Dakota Access...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article VIDEO: No response from province after Mi’kmaq file title claim over large swath of New Brunswick (1/15/2017)
(New Brunswick) -- Mi’kmaq from Elsipogtog have filed an Aboriginal title claim in New Brunswick. The claim, filed in court last November, covers a third of the...
article P.E.I. First Nations may try to block Mill River sale (1/15/2017)
(Prince Edward Island) -- First Nations chiefs on P.E.I. say they are shocked and disappointed to hear that the provincial government is proceeding with the sale of...
article Utah Town Urges High Court To Hear Tribal Boundary Dispute (1/14/2017)
(New York) -- A Utah city has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its petition challenging a decision in a Native American tribe’s lawsuit over its reservation...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Ontario First Nations take TransCanada to court over pipeline consultation process (1/15/2017)
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario First Nations are taking the National Energy Board and TransCanada to court over consultation. TransCanada planned a number of maintenance...
article Enbridge May Face Tough Legal Battle to Keep 60-Year-Old Pipeline Running (1/12/2017)
(Alberta) -- Enbridge Inc may be set for a bruising legal battle in Wisconsin after a Native American tribe voted against renewing land use agreements on a major crude...
article B.C. First Nation to launch court challenge against LNG approval (1/10/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Judge says tribal treaties don't apply to crude oil pipelines (1/8/2017)
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge has rejected claims that 19th century treaties give American Indians a say in choosing a route for a new crude oil pipeline...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Online

article Pennsylvania Daily Fantasy Sports Legalization Could Reach Finish Line By March (1/15/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- The head of a key Pennsylvania Senate committee said gambling expansion legislation is likely to pass by March. And that’s likely good news for...
1 Article on this Issue

Fantasy Sports

article Once A Daily Fantasy Sports Opponent, New York AG Schneiderman Defends Law In New Filing (1/14/2017)
(New York) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman defended the legality of a new daily fantasy sports law in a filing this week in a case in front of the County...
article Arbitration Clauses Not 'Magic,' Draft Kings Users Say (1/10/2017)
(New York) -- “Arbitration” is not a magic word for making multidistrict fraud claims vanish, a group of customers of daily fantasy sports platforms...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Japan Gaming

article Clash between Japan, U.S. casino moguls throws spotlight on gray zones in FBI bribe probe (1/14/2017)
(USA) -- In April 2015, a sworn statement submitted in a Nevada lawsuit between rival casino moguls Steve Wynn and Japan’s Kazuo Okada contained an unusual...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnebago Tribe

article In $1 million suit, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development firm says it was cheated in petition effort to expand gambling (1/14/2017)
(Nebraska) -- Like any good gambler, a major player in a push to develop casinos in Nebraska is seeking to offset its losses. Ho-Chunk Inc. — the economic...
1 Article on this Issue

Payday Loans

article United States: California Supreme Court Finds Two Payday Lenders Not Immune From State Lending Laws (1/13/2017)
(California) -- On December 22, the California Supreme Court in Owen v. Miami Nation Enterprises, held that payday lending companies failed to prove by a preponderance...
article California Supreme Court Declines to Extend Tribal Sovereign Immunity to Payday Lending Businesses (1/10/2017)
(California) -- On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued People ex rel. Owen v. Miami Nation Enterprises. The decision found that certain tribal...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Pa. pols seek more time to revive local casino tax laws (1/13/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Senate leaders are asking Pennsylvania’s highest court to give state lawmakers more time to revive a now-invalid law that required casinos to pay...
1 Article on this Issue

Phil Ivey

article OP/ED: Gambler Phil Ivey Can’t Get His Millions Because Casinos Are Too Big To Fail (1/13/2017)
(USA) -- Phil Ivey, a professional poker player who has won several major tournaments, has in the last few years turned his attention to baccarat. He has been wildly...
1 Article on this Issue

Sheldon Adelson

article Libel Lawsuit Settled Between Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson, WSJ Reporter (1/13/2017)
(New York) -- The Wall Street Journal said Thursday a libel lawsuit brought by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson against one of its reporters has been settled.
1 Article on this Issue

New Jersey Gaming

article N.J. may soon learn its sports betting fate in court (1/12/2017)
(New Jersey) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has listed the New Jersey sports-betting case among its cases that could be addressed in the court's private conference in...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article ICWA: Supreme Court Denies Hearing in Lexi Case (1/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, January 9, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the In re Alexandria P. case (also known as “Lexi”) in which non-...
article SCOTUS turns down Indian Child Welfare Act challenge brought by foster parents of Choctaw girl (1/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a foster family’s challenge to the adoption of their former foster daughter under the Indian...
article Supreme Court won't hear American Indian girl's custody case (1/10/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Family members said Monday they were disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving their former foster daughter, a girl...
article Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes can breath a sigh of relief now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a high-profile Indian Child Welfare Act case. Without comment...
article Supreme Court won't hear Native American girl's custody case (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Family members said Monday they were disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving their former foster daughter, a...
article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Supremes divide family, little Indian girl permanently (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday made permanent a divide between a potential adoptive family and a little girl whose biological family had...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Miccosukee Tribe

article Fla. Tribe, Member Urge 11th Circ. To Chuck Tax Ruling [sub req] (1/11/2017)
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and one of its members urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a lower court ruling putting them on the hook for...
article Florida Bar Files Ethics Charges Against Attorney (1/11/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Bar Wednesday filed ethics charges against attorney Ramon Manuel Rodriguez, accused of knowingly filing and prosecuting a frivolous perjury case...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (1/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) is refusing to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to...
article Patrick Leahy ruthlessly dogs Jeff Sessions over his opposition to the Violence Against Women Act (1/10/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) relentlessly pressed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) about the decision to vote against the Violence Against Women Act during...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Paskenta Tribe

article Paskenta Band seeks to freeze assets in connection with $6M theft (1/10/2017)
(California) -- The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is getting another shot at freezing the assets of a former official and two former employees who have been accused...
article Feds Accuse Tribal Casino Execs of Stealing Millions (1/9/2017)
(California) -- With an iron grip on a bustling tribal casino’s vault, a trio of Northern California casino officials spent millions of dollars on lavish shopping...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Supreme Court hears argument in lone Indian law case on docket (1/10/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court met on Monday to hear the first, and so far only, Indian law case on the docket. The eight justices took up Lewis v. Clarke,...
article Justices could revive suit against Indian casino limo driver (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court is weighing whether Indian tribes' immunity from lawsuits also extends to their employees in incidents that take place far...
article Justices Weigh Tribal Immunity for Limo Crash (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A car crash in Connecticut involving a casino employee is forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to decide just how far Native American tribal immunity can...
article Top US court hears case that could redefine tribal sovereignty (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- After a long trek through the US legal system, a seemingly simple car crash case involving a chauffeur shuttling patrons from an Indian casino has...
article U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in local tribal sovereignty case (1/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A Waterford attorney whose tribal sovereignty case the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear said he was encouraged by the questions the justices posed...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Everett Casino

article Company that Sold Land for Casino Says It Was Gamed Out of Rightful Price (1/9/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has a big fight on its hands with the guys who sold the land for a casino in Everett to Steve Wynn. If the...
1 Article on this Issue

N.J. Sports Betting

article Sports betting try is a big payday for NJ law firms (1/9/2017)
(New Jersey) -- The bills don’t yet include work by Gibson Dunn and other firms on legal briefs to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the sports betting case...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Atty Group Says Navajo Casino Tort Suit Belongs In NM Court [sub req] (1/9/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association chimed in Monday to support a couple bringing negligence claims over a slip-and-fall accident at a Navajo Nation...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Federal judge again declines to reconsider Florida “banked” card games decision (1/9/2017)
(Florida) -- In Florida, a federal judge has reportedly rejected a second motion asking him to reconsider a previous ruling that gave the Seminole Tribe Of Florida the...
article Florida judge junks pari-mutuel’s plea vs. Seminole (1/9/2017)
(Florida) -- A federal judge has thumbed down a Northwest Florida pari-mutuel’s appeal to overturn a decision allowing the Seminole tribe to continue offering...
article Banked card game rights stay with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for now (1/9/2017)
(California) -- The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida. On Dec. 20, according to a story on miami....
article Fla. Tribe's Appeal Argues Conflict In Fuel Tax Ruling [sub req] (1/9/2017)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked the Florida Supreme Court Friday to reinstate a challenge to the state’s imposition of taxes for fuel used on...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

American Gaming Association

article IRS Backs Off Tax Threshold Change (1/8/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A year of intense lobbying by the American Gaming Association and other gaming industry interests has defeated a controversial proposal by the U.S....
1 Article on this Issue

Leonard Peltier

article OP/ED: President Obama’s Unfinished Business in Indian Country—Free Leonard Peltier (1/8/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- History will record President Barack Obama has been one of the friendliest United States presidents to Indian Country. Even as a candidate before he...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Judge orders law concerning American Indian art be halted (1/15/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge ordered the enforcement of a new state law that places restrictions on what can be described in Oklahoma as "American Indian arts and...
article County can't afford to prosecute reservation felonies (1/15/2017)
(Montana) -- Lake County commissioners say the county can no longer afford to investigate and prosecute felony crimes on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Commissioners...
article Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged 'illegal' payments (1/15/2017)
(Alberta) -- Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged...
article The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law (1/15/2017)
(Ecuador) -- Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken...
article Namibian tribes sue Berlin over genocide (1/15/2017)
(Namibia) -- Germany is facing a court case in the US from members of two Namibian tribes and demands for reparations for its neglected African genocide, seen as a...
article Havasupai Native Children Sue U.S. Government For Right to Quality Education (1/14/2017)
(Arizona) -- Nine Native children from the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Supai, Arizona, sued the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education in U.S. District Court yesterday (...
article Lawsuit faults Bureau of Indian Education schools (1/13/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A small, remote American Indian village in the scenic base of one of the most visited places on earth is at the center of a lawsuit that seeks to...
article U.S. government has ‘dismally failed’ to educate Native American children, lawsuit alleges (1/13/2017)
(Arizona) -- The federal government has repeatedly acknowledged and even lamented its failure to provide adequate education for Native American children. Now, nine...
article Recognition for excellence (1/13/2017)
(North Dakota) -- An attorney born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation who is one of the nation’s leaders in fighting for the rights of American Indian tribes...
article Colville tribes to pay $245,000 in behavioral health false claims settlement (1/12/2017)
(Washington) -- The Colville tribes have agreed to pay $245,860 in a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve false claim allegations arising out of billing...
article Colville Tribes to pay $250K in settlement (1/12/2017)
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes will repay the federal government nearly a quarter million dollars to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims in...
article 9 Havasupai Native American children are suing the US Bureau of Indian Education. Here's why. (1/12/2017)
(Arizona) -- Nine schoolchildren from the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Supai, Arizona, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the United States federal government for...
article ND native to receive American Bar Association prestigious national award (1/12/2017)
(Colorado) -- An attorney born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota who is one of the nation's leaders in fighting for the rights of...
article State Hands Anvik Tribal Court Jurisdiction To Try Lower Level Criminal Cases (1/12/2017)
(Alaska) -- On Tuesday, the Walker administration signed an agreement to allow the Anvik tribal court to handle a number of crimes. Those crimes include alcohol and drug...
article Anvik tribal courts given more jurisdiction in lower level cases (1/11/2017)
(Alaska) -- The state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement. The government to government pact provides a template for tribal courts to...
article Ex-USC football player pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gambling scheme (1/11/2017)
(California) -- A former USC football player has pleaded guilty to running an international criminal empire that included an offshore gambling operation and a drug ring...
article State signs landmark deal with tribe to allow tribal prosecution of low-level crimes (1/10/2017)
(Alaska) -- In a landmark agreement designed to combat crime in rural Alaska, the state and a tribal government on Tuesday inked a deal giving the tribe the authority to...
article Hold offenders accountable for discrimination: human rights lawyer (1/9/2017)
(Canada) -- A CBC story about a controversial Kijiji ad has prompted a lawyer to encourage Indigenous people who have been discriminated against to file human rights...
article Vietnam tightens conditions on gaming machines (1/8/2017)
(Vietnam) -- According to Decree 175/2016/ND-CP issued on December 30, 2016, which amends some clauses of Decree 86/2013/ND-CP dated July 29, 2013 on business in prize-...
article Legal or not, about 10 sweepstakes businesses in Alamance (1/8/2017)
(North Carolina) -- A screen lights up with colorful images of characters, shapes and symbols, and sound effects reinforce the player’s results as the icons align...

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