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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Actress Shailene Woodley Enters Plea in Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Charges (3/25/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Actress Shailene Woodley signed a plea agreement on Friday, March 24, 2017, to disorderly conduct for her part in the Dakota Access pipeline protest...
article US appeals court rejects emergency request to stop oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline (3/20/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Saturday rejected an emergency request [order, PDF] from two...
article Appeals court refuses to stop oil in Dakota Access pipeline (3/19/2017)
(North Dakota) -- An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from two Native American tribes for an “emergency” order that would prevent oil from flowing...
article A Federal Appeals Court Won’t Block The Dakota Access Pipeline As It Nears Completion (3/18/2017)
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court on Saturday rejected a last-minute request to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, just a few days before the company building it...
article Judge combines 4 tribal suits over Dakota Access pipeline (3/17/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes over the Dakota Access pipeline, streamlining the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion...
article Standing Rock Tribal Leader Stresses Unity in DAPL Resistance (3/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- While the battleground of the Dakota Access Pipeline has shifted from the plains of North Dakota to the courts of Washington, D.C., with the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Law was meant to let American Indians prosecute violence; is it working? (3/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- When you hear about violence against women, the commonly used statistics are 1 in 2 have experienced physical violence in their lifetime while 1 in...
1 Article on this Issue

Foxwoods

article Fashion Outlets at Foxwoods, LLC v. GGH Management, LLC (sub req.) (3/24/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The members of a limited liability company failed to show that they had independent interests in the litigation sufficient to confer standing.
article Ledyard can pursue attorney’s fees in slot-machines tax case, appeals court rules (3/21/2017)
(Connecticut) -- A state Appellate Court ruling has cleared the way for the Town of Ledyard to seek attorney’s fees it incurred in defending a federal lawsuit over...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

article VA Gets Tribe's Suit Over Health Care Reimbursements Nixed (sub req.) (3/24/2017)
(Arizona) -- An Arizona federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by the Gila River Indian Community accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to...
1 Article on this Issue

Leonard Peltier

article Peltier Sues WA For Removing His Paintings From Display In State Building (3/24/2017)
(Washington) -- Convicted murderer and leader of the American Indian Movement, Leonard Peltier is suing the state of Washington over the removal of four of his paintings...
1 Article on this Issue

Tobacco & Cigarettes

article Judge rules against UPS in untaxed cigarette case (3/24/2017)
(New York) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian...
1 Article on this Issue

Cobell

article Tribe Member’s Cobell Underpayment Claim Moves Forward (3/23/2017)
(New York) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Monday it will allow a member of the Sioux Indian Tribe of South Dakota to proceed with his claim that he didn’...
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Hopland tribe and cannabis company file claim against county over raid (3/23/2017)
(California) -- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and Therafields, Inc. have filed nearly identical claims against Mendocino County, alleging that Mendocino County...
article 2nd Mendocino County tribe files claim over pot eradication (3/21/2017)
(California) -- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Mendocino County for 847 marijuana plants it claims were illegally...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Ontario law firms allegedly sat on documents supporting residential school clients’ abuse claims (3/23/2017)
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario law firms allegedly failed to produce documents in their possession that could have helped their Indian residential school survivor clients...
1 Article on this Issue

Cedar Rapids Casino

article Alturas Police Chief May Have Given False Testimony in Cherie Rhoades Trial, Modoc Sheriff’s Department Says (3/22/2017)
(California) -- New information has been released that could affect the case against the woman convicted of killing four people at a tribal meeting in Alturas. The Modoc...
1 Article on this Issue

Cedarville Rancheria

article Motion filed for retrial in Modoc tribal murder trial (3/22/2017)
(California) -- Cherie Lash-Rhoades attorney, Antonio Alvarez, has filed for a retrial after the Modoc County Sheriff's Office was notified that a witness in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Chukchansi

article Florida company suing Chukchansi tribe for $21 million (3/22/2017)
(California) -- A $21 million lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court last week against the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and its business authority by a...
article Resort management firm says Chukchansi tribe owes it $21 million for helping reopen casino (3/21/2017)
(California) -- A group that was managing Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and made arrangements to get it open at the end of 2015 has filed a lawsuit saying the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Patchak Decision

article Justices Told Law Nixing Tribal Casino Suit Is Constitutional [sub req] (3/22/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a petition by a Michigan man seeking to revive his challenge to a...
1 Article on this Issue

Social Gaming

article ‘Game of War’ Creator Ducks Gambling Claim (3/22/2017)
(Virginia) -- A woman who spent real money on virtual gold that she gambled away in the hopes of purely virtual prizes suffered a new defeat, this time in the Fourth...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Tribes’ Federal Water Rights Include Groundwater—But How Much? (3/22/2017)
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that federal reserved water rights held by Indian tribes extend to groundwater underlying reservation lands. Determining...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Siblings take on Seminoles in fight for survival of boutique at Hard Rock complex (3/21/2017)
(Florida) -- It’s like the world is falling down around Tamir Wershaw and his sister Malka Livingston. Only for the brother-sister owners of a small retail...
1 Article on this Issue

Ilani Casino

article Supreme Court considers petition in casino land-into-trust dispute (3/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Cowlitz Tribe is less than a month away from debuting its casino but opponents are still hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will derail the project....
article Casino Foes Ask Justices To Sink DOI Cowlitz Tribe Ruling [sub req] (3/17/2017)
(Washington) -- Opponents of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s proposed casino have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a D.C. Circuit decision upholding the U.S....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mishewal Wappo Tribe

article Napa County awaits ruling in Mishewal Wappo court case (3/21/2017)
(California) -- Napa County leaders are waiting on a court decision that could have casino implications for the area. The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley in...
article Napa County awaits ruling in Mishewal Wappo court case (3/20/2017)
(California) -- Once again, Napa County leaders are waiting on a court decision that they fear could have casino implications for the area. The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Mohegan Tribe can sue over denial of casino in Massachusetts (3/21/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mohegan Tribe can pursue a lawsuit for being denied a commercial casino license in Massachusetts, the state's highest court ruled. Mohegan Sun...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Court rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact, its closing (3/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the...
1 Article on this Issue

Philadelphia Casino

article SugarHouse Casino says it's not responsible for broken beer bottle that injured customer (3/21/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Counsel for SugarHouse Casino have categorically denied it was negligent in causing a patron to be cut and wounded by the “sharp, broken and...
1 Article on this Issue

Wilton Rancheria

article Supreme Court Decision on Temporary Presidential Appointments Could Affect Elk Grove Casino (3/21/2017)
(California) -- A United States Supreme Court Decision handed down today may adversely affect the Wilton Rancheria's proposed $400 million casino resort in Elk Grove...
1 Article on this Issue

Wind River

article Northern Arapaho, Feds, move to settle in Wind River lawsuit (3/21/2017)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed on Monday to mediation in the lawsuit over whether the BIA illegally awarded federal...
1 Article on this Issue

Wisconsin Oneida

article Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity case (3/21/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The sovereign immunity of the Oneida Nation remains intact after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case affecting the Wisconsin-based tribe. In an...
article High Court Refuses Credit-Card Receipts Suit Against Tribe [sub req] (3/20/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case brought by a man who alleged the Oneida Tribe of Indians in Wisconsin illegally printed too much...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Bay Mills

article Mich. Tribe Says Off-Reservation Casino Shielded By Fed. Law [sub req] (3/20/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community urged a Michigan federal judge Friday not to toss its suit against the state’s governor seeking to establish that it...
1 Article on this Issue

Enrollment

article Disenrollments could cost Nooksack tribe sovereignty (3/20/2017)
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of the Nooksack tribe is in jeopardy. This comes after the tribe kicked out about 15 percent of its members — members the tribe...
article Federal government may take over Nooksack tribe (3/20/2017)
(Washington) -- The federal government may have to take over the Nooksack tribe. The tribe kicked out nearly 300 people, but did it without a duly elected tribal council...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Federal judge throws out Arizona challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (3/20/2017)
(Arizona) -- A judge has thrown out a challenge to a federal law that critics claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the...
article Federal Law Will Stand Despite Challenge That It Places Tribal Interest Over Children's Safety (3/20/2017)
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has thrown out a challenge to a nearly 40-year old law originally written to re-unite Native American children with tribal relatives. Two...
article Federal court finds no child endangered by Indian adoption law (3/17/2017)
(Arizona) -- A federal judge threw out a bid March 16 to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Instant Horse Racing Terminals

article Judge refusing to throw out case over slot machine-style system (3/20/2017)
(Kentucky) -- A Franklin County Circuit Court Judge is refusing to throw out a case over slot machine gaming. The case went to court almost 6 years ago. The Family...
1 Article on this Issue

South Dakota Gaming

article South Dakota, Tribe Double Down In Casino Tax Battle [sub req] (3/20/2017)
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota traded blows in federal court Friday in their tax battle, with the tribe claiming that...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (3/20/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes and their advocates have already praised U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and a new analysis reveals the strength of his Indian law...
1 Article on this Issue

eSports

article Appeals Court Affirms Rejection of Gambling Claims Against Machine Zone (3/18/2017)
(California) -- This is a lawsuit against Machine Zone relating to the “Game of War” in-app game of chance mechanics. Players download GoW—an online...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs (3/18/2017)
(Colorado) -- More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah...
article Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in court settlement 'augurs well' for relations with Yukon, says lawyer (3/18/2017)
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation have avoided another court case over First Nations rights. The First Nation filed a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Taj Mahal

article Legal battle over signs from shuttered Trump casino goes on (3/18/2017)
(New Jersey) -- An Atlantic City firm says it planned to destroy two "TRUMP" signs once affixed to the now-shuttered Trump Taj Mahal Casino before an artifacts...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article ResortWear looks set to win its David vs. Goliath legal battle with Seminole Tribe (3/17/2017)
(Florida) -- The ground beneath them was shaking and the walls around them were coming down, and the owners of a small store at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino...
1 Article on this Issue

Video Gaming

article Machine Zone defeats gambling-loss class action in 4th Circuit (3/17/2017)
(USA) -- Players who lost “virtual gold” at the virtual casino in mobile gaming company Machine Zone’s popular Game of War app did not lose real money...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article First Nation poised to sue Husky Energy for damage caused by spill last summer (3/26/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- The ice has not yet thawed on the North Saskatchewan River, but Chief Wally Burns is sure there's damage below. Last summer, a Husky Energy...
article Law school program provides free wills to Native Americans (3/25/2017)
(Colorado) -- A University of Denver program is helping Native Americans draft wills, helping overcome a cultural aversion to discuss death. The Daily Times reports that...
article Gambling law proves you just can’t win (3/25/2017)
(UK) -- Just because you are lucky in gambling doesn’t mean you will be lucky in law. In fact, you are guaranteed to be unlucky. A case last week highlighted the...
article Vegas Party Followed Plea Deal in Gambler’s Insider-Trading Case (3/24/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- A day after signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York last year, former Dean Foods Co. chairman Tom C. Davis went to Las Vegas to...
article Why Tribes Should Be Careful With Bankruptcy Practices (sub req.) (3/24/2017)
(Delaware) -- James T. Meggesto Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has...
article Canadian Court Decision Could Revive 'Extinct' Tribe With Members In Washington (3/24/2017)
(Washington) -- A provincial court in British Columbia Monday could revive Canada’s recognition of an Indian tribe and vindicate a Washington man charged with...
article Catherine Benton becomes first Mi'kmaq, female aboriginal judge in N.S. (3/24/2017)
(Nova Scotia) -- Standing on lands her people have inhabited for centuries, Catherine Benton took a historic oath on Friday, becoming both Nova Scotia’s first Mi...
article Prosecutor: Gambling debts led to suburban killing (3/24/2017)
(Ohio) -- Donald Dawson-Durgan was desperate for money in the days before he shot and killed a man who treated him like a son, prosecutors said.
article Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (3/23/2017)
(California) -- Tribal citizens who have been punished by their governments are finding few allies in the federal court system but that isn't stopping them from...
article Peel watershed dispute before Supreme Court of Canada this week (3/23/2017)
(Yukon) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case this week that will shape the future of a vast, pristine wilderness area in northern Yukon.
article Yukon doesn’t deserve a ‘do-over’ on Peel watershed agreement Supreme Court told (3/23/2017)
(Yukon) -- The Supreme Court of Canada is now the only thing standing between pristine wilderness in northern Yukon and potentially nearly 8,000 mining claims.
article Federal government defends itself at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (3/23/2017)
(Canada) -- Parties at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal are asking the commissioners for “immediate relief” for remote communities where child welfare...
article Métis, non-status Indians call for action following historic Daniels ruling (3/23/2017)
(Ottawa) -- Métis and non-status Indigenous people from across Canada are in Ottawa this week for the Daniels Symposium, a two-day gathering to discuss last year's...
article BLOG: Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings (3/22/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has...
article 'I'm feeling good': First Nations, environmentalists take fight for Peel watershed to Supreme Court (3/22/2017)
(Canada) -- A Supreme Court of Canada hearing into a contentious land-use planning case in remote northern Yukon wrapped up this morning in Ottawa. It was the...
article Icahn gave stock tip, Walters insider trading trial witness claims (3/22/2017)
(New York) -- The former chairman of Dean Foods said he provided “extensive” information about the dairy giant’s plans to spin-off a business line to...
article Man hooked on casino gambling sent to prison in $600K bank fraud (3/22/2017)
(Michigan) -- A man who obtained fraudulent loans to cover crushing debt from casino losses has been sentenced to three years, one month in prison and has to pay $612,...
article Jury finds Jared Stone guilty in fatal casino shooting (3/22/2017)
(South Dakota) -- A Sioux Falls man could spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing another man outside of a downtown casino last...
article 3G's stores urged to review policies after discrimination against a Native American man (3/21/2017)
(Montana) -- Billings' 3G's Convenience Stores must pay a 59-year-old Native American man $7,000 after employees there refused to accept his tribal...
article Vegas Gambler's Pal Recounts Innocent Start to Insider Plot (3/21/2017)
(New York) -- They were friends for more than 20 years, bonding over sports, golf, gambling and business. But now, former Dean Foods Co. chairman Tom C. Davis is telling...

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