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Navajo Nation

article Court rejects Navajo Nation’s lawsuit over police shooting (5/19/2019)
(Arizona) -- A federal court has dismissed the Navajo Nation’s lawsuit against the U.S. government and Winslow, Arizona, over the police shooting of a tribal...
article Court rejects Navajo Nation's lawsuit over police shooting (5/17/2019)
(Arizona) -- A federal court has dismissed the Navajo Nation's lawsuit against the U.S. government and Winslow, Arizona over the police shooting of a tribal member....
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Timbisha Shoshone

article ICYMI: Timbisha Shoshone tribe sues Dept of Interior over casino land application (5/19/2019)
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe announced yesterday that they have filed suit against Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. In a nutshell,...
article Timbisha Shoshone tribe sues Dept of Interior over casino land application (5/17/2019)
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe announced yesterday that they have filed suit against Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. In a nutshell,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Stalled Martha’s Vineyard Casino Faces More Possible Delays as Planning Agency, Federal Judge Review Project (5/19/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A controversial planned tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard will be scrutinized further during three upcoming meetings by a Massachusetts...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by fishermen and paid for by Pebble (5/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit brought by a small group of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen to keep a seafood marketing group from spending money to stop the Pebble copper and...
article Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Oil Company, Saving Huge Amount Of Rainforest (5/16/2019)
(Ecuador) -- An Amazon tribe has won a huge lawsuit against big oil, saving vast acres of precious rainforest by doing so. The Ecuadorian government’s intentions...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article State sends Shinnecocks cease-and-desist order over billboards (5/18/2019)
(New York) -- The state has issued a cease-and-desist order to the Shinnecock Indian Nation regarding their planned billboards along Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays....
article State Serves Shinnecock Tribe With Cease And Desist Order, Igniting A Lawsuit Over Billboards (5/18/2019)
(New York) -- Tribal trustees from the Shinnecock Indian Nation said they felt blindsided by the State Department of Transportation in its latest actions to stop the...
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Cherokee Nation

article David Walkingstick disqualified from Cherokee chief election (5/17/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Election Commission voted unanimously on Friday to disqualify principal chief candidate David Walkingstick from the June 1 election. The...
article Walkingstick disqualified from Cherokee Nation chief’s race (5/17/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Election Commission officials disqualified principal chief hopeful David Walkingstick on May 17 following hours of testimony and deliberation focused on...
article Candidate Sues Cherokee Nation in Federal Court to Get on Tribal Ballot (5/16/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 14, Rhonda Brown Fleming sued the Cherokee Nation in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., over whether she should be allowed on the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cowlitz Tribe

article Suit, petition offer glimpse into Cowlitz tribal conflict (5/17/2019)
(Washington) -- David Barnett, an early driving force behind the ilani casino at the Cowlitz Indian Reservation near Ridgefield, filed a lawsuit this week accusing the...
1 Article on this Issue

Mandalay Bay Shooting

article MGM Estimates $800 Million Settlement for Las Vegas Shooting Victims, ‘Not Even Close,’ Says Lawyer (5/17/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International said Thursday it could reasonably expect to pay around $800 million to settle lawsuits related to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting....
1 Article on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Minnesota to sue Sackler family members in Purdue Pharma opioid litigation (5/17/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is naming members of the family behind opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma in the state's ongoing lawsuit over...
article Colville Tribes sues opioid manufacturers, distributors (5/10/2019)
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has filed a lawsuit on against major manufacturers and distributors of opioids, alleging devastating...
article Native American activist calls on Canadian First Nations to sue opioid makers (5/9/2019)
(Alberta) -- An activist and advocate for Native Americans and tribal issues is calling on Canadian First Nations to take action against opioid producers.
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Chehalis Tribe gets approval to prosecute non-native domestic violence offenders (5/17/2019)
(Oregon) -- For decades, a loophole in federal law has made it difficult for Native Americans to seek justice for many crimes on tribal lands. A 1978 Supreme Court...
1 Article on this Issue

Covington

article CNN Defends Reporting on Covington Catholic, Tribal Elder Clash (5/16/2019)
(New York) -- CNN fired back at the Kentucky teenager who sued the network for $275 million over its reporting on his confrontation with an American Indian elder....
article Covington diocese demands Facebook remove unauthorized page with critical comments (5/8/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Facebook, demanding that the tech giant remove an unofficial...
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First Nations

article Nova Scotia records should be released in unconquered people case: Appeal Court (5/16/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has rejected the province's attempt to invoke solicitor-client privilege in the case of a former Crown lawyer who...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Court Ruling Creates New Uncertainty for Adopted Native Children (5/16/2019)
(Texas) -- Pamala Silas’s first memory is being driven in an ambulance to the Milwaukee County Children’s Home. It was 1962 and she was just three years old...
1 Article on this Issue

Mille Lacs Band

article Dear Neighbor, from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (5/16/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe would like to take this opportunity to respond to an article in the April 2019 Mille Lacs County Quarterly Newsletter...
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Ontario Gaming

article $60 million class-action lawsuit denied by judge (5/16/2019)
(Ontario) -- A proposed class-action lawsuit seeking $60 million in damages against Casino Rama following a cyber-attack has been denied. Lawyers for the plaintiffs...
1 Article on this Issue

Shoshone-Bannock

article Court To Rule On Sex Reassignment Surgery For Idaho Inmate (5/16/2019)
(Idaho) -- On a late afternoon in September 2015, a 27-year-old transgender inmate named Adree Edmo wrote a note in her cinder block prison cell at the Idaho State...
1 Article on this Issue

Savanna’s Act

article ‘Savanna’s Act’ calls for DOJ review of Indian Country criminal cases (5/15/2019)
(Indian Country) -- U.S. House members re-introduced legislation Tuesday that calls for the Justice Department to review how law enforcement agencies respond to cases of...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Opponents of Indian day schools settlement have their say in court (5/14/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Growing up in the western Saskatchewan Cree community of Onion Lake, Beatrice Macdonald endured 11 years in the federal and provincial institutions known...
article 'Just get it done:' Indian day school survivors divided over proposed settlement (5/13/2019)
(Manitoba) -- For more than a decade, Ray Mason has been fighting for compensation for the time he and thousands of other Indigenous people were forced to attend...
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Supreme Court

article OP/ED: The Supreme Court applied originalism to an Indian treaty, why not to the Constitution as well? (5/14/2019)
(Colorado) -- Whenever a president nominates to the Supreme Court someone who pledges to apply the Constitution as written, liberal commentators emerge to explain why...
article Supreme Court’s conservatives overturn precedent as liberals ask ‘which cases the court will overrule next’ (5/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturned a 41-year-old precedent Monday, prompting a pointed warning from liberal justices about...
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Wire Act

article Why a New Hampshire legal case is vital to U.S. sports betting growth (5/14/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire -- not New Jersey -- is the new epicenter for legal drama that could shape the expansion of sports betting and fantasy one year after...
1 Article on this Issue

Allergan Patent

article Supreme Court Denies Cert On Tribal Sovereign Immunity Question (5/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 15, the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari filed by Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, leaving intact the Federal Circuit’s ruling...
1 Article on this Issue

Freedman

article ICYMI: Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe rejected (5/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking citizenship in the tribe has...
article Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe dropped (5/10/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking...
article Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe rejected (5/10/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking citizenship in the tribe has...
article U.S. District Judge rules on Freedmen case (5/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A District of Columbia federal judge ruled May 6, in Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band case in which the Freedmen brought suit against U.S....
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Rhode Island Gaming

article Lawsuit could bust out sports betting in RI (5/12/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- Two GOP-affiliated lawyers want to close the book on sports betting at the Twin River casinos here and in Tiverton – until and unless the...
article GOP activist sues Rhode Island over launch of sports betting (5/10/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- A Republican activist is suing over sports betting in Rhode Island, saying the state should have sought voter approval before legalizing and launching...
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MMIW

article Edmonton lawyer who made a career as a voice for Indigenous women being recognized (5/10/2019)
(Alberta) -- As a lawyer focused on Indigenous issues, Lisa Weber sees a lot of prejudice and privilege in the revolving doors of the justice system. A case in point?...
1 Article on this Issue

Payday Loans

article Second Circuit Decision has Implications for Native American Sovereign Immunity and Predatory Lending Practices (5/10/2019)
(Montana) -- On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in the case of Gingras v. Think Finance, Inc., 2019 WL 1780951 (2d...
article Second Circuit: Tribal Officials Must Face Suit (5/10/2019)
(Montana) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit has ruled that an online tribal lender must comply with state interest rate and licensing laws, allowing a pair of...
article Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation (5/9/2019)
(Virginia) -- The federal appeals court in this southern capital city doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case...
article Federal Court In Richmond Weighs Alleged Predatory Lending Case Involving Michigan Tribe (5/8/2019)
(Michigan) -- This week a federal appeals court in Richmond heard arguments in an alleged predatory loan case that involves Virginia borrowers and an American Indian...
article BLOG: Second Circuit: Tribal Officials Must Face Suit (5/8/2019)
(Montana) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit has ruled that an online tribal lender must comply with state interest rate and licensing laws, allowing a pair of...
article Second Circuit: Tribal Officials Must Face Suit (5/7/2019)
(Montana) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit has ruled that an online tribal lender must comply with state interest rate and licensing laws, allowing a pair of...
article Tribe Urges Fourth Circuit to Toss Loan-Fraud Case (5/7/2019)
(Virginia) -- The Fourth Circuit appeared sympathetic Tuesday to a Native American tribe claiming its private lending business is not an illegal “rent-a-tribe...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

New Jersey Gaming

article New Jersey AG Sues U.S. Justice Department Over Betting Case (5/9/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday for failing to cooperate in sharing information with the...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Verdict restores historic cross-border Native hunting territory (5/8/2019)
(Washington) -- The hunter from Washington is Rick Desautel. Desautel is 67 and lives along the Columbia River in the Ferry County community of Inchelium, where he was...
1 Article on this Issue

Tribal Taxation

article EDITORIAL: Federal appeals court wisely upholds Riverside County tax on Indian lands (5/8/2019)
(California) -- It should be three strikes and you’re out for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ legal bid to stop Riverside County from collecting...
1 Article on this Issue

Foxwoods

article Former Foxwoods dealer sues tribe over disability benefits (5/7/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A Westerly woman has filed a lawsuit against the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Hartford Insurance Co., claiming they violated the federal Employee...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Proposed Indian day school settlement to leave out lawyer who filed lawsuit (5/15/2019)
(Manitoba) -- First Nations lawyers who object to the proposed federal Indian day school settlement held a rally Wednesday outside the Winnipeg courthouse where the...
article Chehalis Tribe Earns Approval to Prosecute Non-Native Domestic Violence Offenders (5/15/2019)
(Washington) -- For decades, a loophole in federal law has made it difficult for Native Americans to seek justice for many crimes on tribal lands. A 1978 Supreme Court...
article BLOG: Federal law will fix unfair treatment of tribes in Texas (5/14/2019)
(Texas) -- Many Texans are unaware that three federally recognized Indian Tribes call Texas their home; the Traditional Kickapoo Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass, the Ysleta...
article Ramapough Mountain Indians reach settlement agreement with Mahwah over prayer site (5/13/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The Township Council has approved a settlement agreement with the Ramapough Mountain Indians that allows the tribe to continue using a 14-acre property...
article Chief calls on Barkerville to include First Nations perspectives on Judge Begbie's history (5/12/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Chief and Tribal Chair of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, Joe Alphonse, welcomes the news that the statue of B.C.'s first chief justice, Matthew...
article Town has fined Ramapough Indian tribe every day since 2017. New deal wipes out $1.5M penalty. (5/11/2019)
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Mountain Indians don’t have to pay more than a million dollars in fines. The tribe gets to continue to use its 14-acre property for...
article A proper end to the tragic case of death-row inmate Douglas Stankewitz (5/10/2019)
(California) -- The longest-serving death row inmate in California, Douglas Stankewitz, saw his extensive appeals end not with a bang, but with a smirk. On May 3 Fresno...
article FSIN to explore legal action against Sask. government changes to trespassing laws (5/9/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is looking into the possibility of launching legal action against the government after amendments...
article Lawsuit Details Serious Allegations Against An Environmental Group At The Heart Of The Anti-Pipeline Movement (5/7/2019)
(Minnesota) -- An environmental group at the heart of the anti-pipeline movement allegedly silenced a former employee who reported being sexually harassed by a coworker...
article ICYMI: SD Supreme Court takes up case lawyer says could be 'absolute destruction' of tribal sovereign immunity (5/5/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A former school principal is alleging he was wrongfully terminated from his job in a South Dakota Supreme Court case that one lawyer said could be an...
article The changing face of Canada's judiciary: more women, more diversity (5/5/2019)
(Canada) -- Canada's judiciary is becoming more diverse, with more women, visible minorities, LBGT and Indigenous people on the bench. The broader mix of judges...
article Ponca Tribe Wins Crucial Backing for Prairie Flower Casino in 12-Year Legal Battle with Iowa, Nebraska (5/3/2019)
(Iowa) -- A lawsuit by the states of Nebraska and Iowa that seeks to sink the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, was dealt a...
article Court Dismisses Polo Club's Case Against Ramapoughs (5/3/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A case against the Ramapough Mountain Indians has been dismissed from Bergen County Superior Court. Judge Robert Wilson signed an order Friday dismissing...
article American Indian educator claims vindication (5/3/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Robeson County native and former charter school operator Ben Chavis says he has “no regrets” after a six-year legal battle recently ended...
article SD Supreme Court takes up case lawyer says could be 'absolute destruction' of tribal sovereign immunity (5/1/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A former school principal is alleging he was wrongfully terminated from his job in a South Dakota Supreme Court case that one lawyer said could be an...
article Controversial charter school director avoids jail after fraud charges dropped (5/1/2019)
(California) -- A former Oakland charter school director known for boosting student test scores through humiliation and harsh discipline has avoided jail time following...
article DNR plans appeal after reversal of Minneapolis lake name (5/1/2019)
(Minnesota) -- In a case of nomenclature whiplash, the Minnesota House Tuesday approved renaming Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska. Again. Perhaps surprisingly...
article Trial date set for Sitka herring suit (5/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit over management of the Sitka Sac Roe herring fishery will go to trial later this year. During a pre-trial conference Tuesday before Judge Daniel...
article Whistleblower fired after complaining about Dallas tribal center leader's 'Kick-a-Hoe' joke (4/30/2019)
(Texas) -- Native American community members are calling for two leaders of the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas to be fired after they were accused of using racial...
article Trial date set for Sitka herring suit (4/30/2019)
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit over management of the Sitka Sac Roe herring fishery will go to trial later this year. During a pre-trial conference Tuesday (4/30/19) before Judge...

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