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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Supreme Court

article High Court Kills Tribal Immunity for Casino Employees (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal immunity does not shield a casino’s limo driver for Mohegan Sun Casino from having to pay the couple he rear-ended on a highway, the...
article Justices Revive Suit Against Indian Casino Limo Driver (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A unanimous Supreme Court says that Indian tribes' immunity from lawsuits does not always extend to their employees in incidents that occur far...
article Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's highest court has delivered a blow to Indian Country with a surprising decision that leaves tribal employees in danger of being...
article Supreme Court rules tribal immunity does not apply to individuals (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that tribal sovereign immunity does not extend to tribal employees acting in an individual...
article U.S. Supreme Court rules Mohegan employee not immune from ‘individual capacity’ lawsuit (4/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s not every day that a lawyer puts the brakes on the sovereign immunity that Indian tribes enjoy. But that’s the kind of day James...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Golden Hill Paugussetts say they will try for recognition again (4/24/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe of Trumbull is preparing to seek federal recognition again, a classification that would bring the tribe special federal...
article Federal judge rules Cumberland County-based tribal nation lawsuit can proceed (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A Cumberland County-based tribal nation won a victory in its attempt to maintain what it contends is an important state recognition that helps it get...
article Judge greenlights American Indian tribe's suit against state (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal judge has given the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe a greenlight to continue its civil rights lawsuit brought against New Jersey's attorney...
article Lenni-Lenape suit against N.J. attorney general can proceed, judge rules (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal court judge has ruled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe against New Jersey's Office of the...
article Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (9/16/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Narragansett Tribe

article Opinion: This Day in History: Narragansett Tribe Regains Federal Recognition 34 Years Ago Today, April 11, 1983 (4/11/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- In 1880, the State of Rhode Island began the process of illegally detribalizing the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The state desired tribal lands and...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article NEWCOMB: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Political Subordination of Our Nations (3/30/2017)
(California) -- The English language is deeply problematic for the Original Nations of Great Turtle Island (“North America”). As a cautionary note, we should...
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Unrecognized Tribes

article Will This be the Year for State's Tribes? (3/30/2017)
(Virginia) -- In 1607, 410 years ago, three tiny English ships arrived off the coast of North America near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The men aboard, all seeking...
article Virginia Sens.’ Tribal Recognition Bill Has Familiar Look [sub req] (3/23/2017)
(Virginia) -- The state of Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, reintroduced a bill Tuesday to grant federal recognition to six Native...
article Warner, Kaine introduce bill to grant federal recognition to six Indian tribes (3/23/2017)
(Virginia) -- Today, on the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ burial, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine introduced legislation to federally recognize six...
article Some "Unrecognized" Tribes Still Waiting After 130 Years (12/24/2016)
(USA) -- When President Obama held the eighth White House Tribal Nations Conference last fall, all 567 federally recognized tribes were invited to attend.
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Pocahontas

article As Virginia honors Pocahontas, tribes fight for federal recognition (3/27/2017)
(Virginia) -- Four hundred years after Pocahontas died, probably aged 21 and probably from tuberculosis, Virginians still remember her legacy, even as many of her...
1 Article on this Issue

Nooksack Tribe

article Disenrollments Place Washington Native American Tribe's Sovereignty In Jeopardy (3/24/2017)
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of a Native American tribe in Washington state is in jeopardy. This comes after the tribe disenrolled about 15 percent of its members...
article Disenrollments could put Nooksack tribal sovereignty in jeopardy (3/18/2017)
(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 says...
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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

Muskegon Casino

article City finances failed SmartZone while $660,000 in property taxes go unpaid (2/21/2017)
(Michigan) -- The city of Muskegon continues to pay infrastructure costs for the languishing proposed casino site downtown, and the property owners continue to not pay...
1 Article on this Issue

State Recognition

article Disputed Accohannock tribe seeks Maryland recognition (2/17/2017)
(Maryland) -- It is a simple, but thorny, question: Is Clarence Tyler who he says he is? Does the 63-year-old retired tugboat captain and Eastern Correctional...
article Tribe Can Sue New Jersey for Recognition (11/2/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal judge ruled that the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe can sue New Jersey to get state recognition, which they say they once had, until the state...
article Lenni-Lenape tribal nation earns its day in court | Editorial (11/1/2016)
(New Jersey) -- It's appropriate that South Jersey's Nantikoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe, whose legitimacy has been placed in purgatory by an action of the State of New...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article ‘United States Is Still A Colony’: Interview With Jacqueline Keeler On Dakota Access Pipeline (2/12/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Jacqueline Keeler, a writer who is of Dineh and Yankton Sioux Dakota heritage, is our guest this...
article Burgum holds first meetings with tribal leaders (1/7/2017)
(North Dakota) -- In his first full week in office, Gov. Doug Burgum held meetings with North Dakota Native American tribes in what he calls an effort to understand the...
article Local view: The truth is lost in news coverage of protesters (12/11/2016)
(Minnesota) -- On Dec. 2, the first paragraph of a News Tribune story, “North Dakota pipeline protest targets downtown banks,” caught my attention.“A...
article MORON ALERT: Tribal sovereignty is harming Native Americans more than the pipeline (11/5/2016)
(New York) -- We’re monitoring this closely, and I think, as a general rule, my view is that there’s a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Legal Docket, WORLD Radio’s Classic Book of the Month for February, the WORLD Radio History Book [audio] (2/8/2017)
(USA) -- Today’s news and legal analysis of a case testing the limits of Native American tribal authority, plus: Emily Whitten recommends “Basic Economics: A...
article Tribal Sovereign Immunity on Trial at US Supreme Court (2/4/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal sovereignty is the most significant issue facing Indian country. Within tribal sovereignty is the concept of tribal sovereign immunity...
article US Supreme Court to hear tribal casino employee immunity case (10/7/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the issue of whether a limousine driver for a Mohegan Tribe casino is entitled to sovereign immunity in a...
article United States Supreme Court may soon consider tribal immunity case (10/6/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Following its summer recess, the United States Supreme Court is back in session and is reportedly due to hear a case considering whether the...
article Mohegan Tribal Chairman takes home Indian sovereignty award (9/17/2016)
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan tribal leaders made a promise when they were recognized as a sovereign nation in 1993 that they would use the status to further not only their...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Donald Trump

article Federally Recognized Tribes Should Brace For Possible Termination Policy Under Trump (1/24/2017)
(USA) -- Whether we like it or not, Saglutupiaġataq (“the compulsive liar” in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control...
article American Indian & Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Invited to Listening Session with Trump Transition Team (12/11/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Western Caucus Foundation is hosting a listening session with Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the Trump Native...
article From the Archives: Trump & the Indians (9/26/2016)
(New Jersey) -- Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the November 1993 issue of New Jersey Monthly under the headline “Casinos and Indians.”
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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...
1 Article on this Issue

Osage Tribe

article Osage Nation reacquires 43,000 acres of sacred land (1/15/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- It is always somewhat emotional for Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear when he looks out over historical tribal lands recently returned to the...
1 Article on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Ruling means tribe can seek recognition through Interior Department (1/14/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe can now pursue federal recognition through the federal Department of Interior’s petition process, but the chairman of the...
article Lumbee Tribe may have new chance to win full federal recognition (1/13/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe in December may have won a new path toward full recognition from the federal government. The solicitor for the federal Department of...
article Lumbee Indians seek federal recognition (9/20/2016)
(North Carolina) -- Twenty bills that would have granted federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina have failed to pass in Congress since 1988. These...
article Editorial: Lumbee Tribe deserves full share of federal benefits (9/12/2016)
(North Carolina) -- This is an old story. Too old. It’s about the Lumbee Tribe. Any tribal members younger than 60 weren’t even alive when it began.
article Bill puts gaming in play for Lumbees (9/10/2016)
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin isn’t concerned that the Lumbee Recognition Act considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs...
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Cherokee Nation

article COLUMN: Leadership Oklahoma Class — Appreciating investments (12/11/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The November Leadership Oklahoma session was in Tahlequah with a focus on tribal government and community and economic development. The session goals...
1 Article on this Issue

South Carolina Gaming

press release Celebrated Casino Company Partners With Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina (10/31/2016)
(South Carolina) -- The celebrated casino development company founded by television personality, author, and former Donald Trump vice president Gary Green, has entered...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article D'ERRICO: Seminole ‘Tribe’ Embraces ‘Domestic Dependency’ (10/24/2016)
(USA) -- The Seminole Nation has a high profile in litigation about Indian gaming. In 1991, the Seminole sued the State of Florida under the U.S. Indian Gaming...
1 Article on this Issue

Labor & Tribes

article Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny (10/18/2016)
(Washington) -- A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian...
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Tejon Tribe

article Casino fears complicate tribe's bid for home (10/15/2016)
(California) -- Kathryn Montes Morgan went to school at the old Meridian School on David Road near Wheeler Ridge Road from kindergarten to fifth grade. She’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Poarch Creek

article Tribal Immunity: A legal rule with an advantage (9/24/2016)
(Alabama) -- A little after 10 on the morning of New Year’s Day 2015, Casey Wilkes and her boyfriend, Alex Russell, got in Casey’s car and headed down U.S....
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (3/9/2017)
(Montana) -- The stars seem to be aligning for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century. Last month, the Senate...
article What is tribal sovereignty? (2/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- All of the functions and services of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation government are directly tied to tribal sovereignty, but what exactly is it and how did it...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (2/9/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe is once again moving forward on Capitol Hill. By a voice vote, the Senate...
article Beyer join to seek recognition of Virginia tribes (2/8/2017)
(Virginia) -- Five Virginia members of the House of Representatives -- unexpectedly in these days of partisan rancor -- joined hands across the aisle to reintroduce...
article Reps. Refloat Bill To Give Va. Tribes Federal Recognition (2/8/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of five congressmen from Virginia reintroduced a bill Tuesday that would bestow federal recognition on six tribes already...
article US Senate committee supports tribe recognition (2/8/2017)
(Montana) -- A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would give federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians following a...
article Decision week for thousands of applicants to the Qalipu band (2/5/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- Thousands of Newfoundlanders are getting some important mail these days that's letting them know whether or not they'll be recognized as status...
article New position gives Udall leverage on Indian issues (2/4/2017)
(Washington) -- When the gavel sounded to start the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee in the new Congress last week, a New Mexico lawmaker was...
article What’s next for the Qalipu of Newfoundland and Labrador – Part 3 (2/3/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- Mi’kmaw leaders in Newfoundland say Indigenous people across the country should be watching as the controversial process for deciding membership...
article The long road to recognition for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq (2/2/2017)
(Newfoundland) -- When Newfoundland first joined Canada in 1949, its new premier Joey Smallwood declared that there were no Indians there.
article Enrolled member of the 3 Affiliated Tribes recognized (1/22/2017)
(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...
article Local tribe's fight for recognition now a movie (1/19/2017)
(Washington) -- They were here long before the rest of us, but since 1974 the Duwamish Tribe has no longer been recognized by the federal government.
article White House releases tribal nations progress report (1/14/2017)
(USA) -- It's a renewed era of federal-tribal relations, according to the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference progress report released earlier this month....
article Furst Draft: Long history behind latest Prairie Island filing (12/3/2016)
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis attorney, legal activist and author Erick Kaardal last month launched the latest salvo in a long-running battle involving the Mdewakanton...
article Seattle School Board Calls for Federal Recognition of the Duwamish Tribe (10/19/2016)
(Washington) -- The Seattle School Board has done what the federal government has failed to do since 2001. Formally recognize the Duwamish Tribe as an indigenous nation...
article Uncertainty over casino rights delays vote on supporting Muwekma Tribe recognition (10/5/2016)
(California) -- A San Jose City Council resolution to support the local Muwekma Ohlone Tribe's efforts to gain federal recognition was deferred after a councilmember...
article ‘It’s a historical moment:’ First indigenous court created in Canada (10/2/2016)
(Canada) -- The Mohawk band council of Akwesasne has introduced what is considered the first indigenous legal system in Canada outside a federal framework. While First...
article Kaine speaks out on Native-American tribe recognition (9/25/2016)
(Virginia) -- Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine speaks of ongoing efforts to push for government recognition of Virginia’s Native-American tribes...
article Oroville Konkow Maidu tribe petitions for national recognition (9/18/2016)
(Oregon) -- Members of the Konkow Valley Band Maidu tribe gathered in a shaded pavilion at Riverbend Park on Saturday. The official business of the day was to sign a...
article Little Shell Tribe Hits Groundbreaking Milestone In Struggle For Federal Recognition (9/11/2016)
(Montana) -- The Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has sought federal recognition for almost 4 decades and tribal officials say they’re now the...

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