LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 5:09pm
In a recent Law360 guest article, the author applauded the disappearance of jury trials as an inefficient, costly mechanism, but in doing so he overlooked the greater value of jury trials for our justice system, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

Utah Tribe Says HUD Letter Wiped Out Its Home Mortgage Biz

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 4:29pm
A Utah tribe has urged a federal court to rip up a recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development letter updating certain requirements for federally insured mortgages, alleging HUD is illegally clamping down on tribes that help provide down payments for homes.

US Urges High Court To Deny Fla. Tribe's Gambling Tax Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 4:08pm
The U.S. Supreme Court should not hear an appeal by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and a member challenging an Eleventh Circuit decision that found the member owes taxes on tribal payments stemming from casino revenue, the government has urged.

Wash. AG Can Enter Enviros' Suit Over US Navy Pollution

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 3:37pm
A Washington federal judge agreed Tuesday to allow that state's attorney general to intervene in a lawsuit by environmentalists and the Suquamish Tribe claiming the U.S. Navy's process for cleaning decommissioned ships has heavily polluted a federal Superfund site on the Puget Sound.

Navajo Nation AG Rejoins Kanji & Katzen To Lead Ariz. Office

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 1:32pm
The Navajo Nation's attorney general is returning to her former firm Kanji & Katzen PLLC to open a Flagstaff, Arizona, office, after four years of leading the Nation's most pressing legal matters, including lawsuits relating to the Bears Ears national monument and the opioid epidemic.

A Broader View Of The US Supreme Court Bar

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 12:53pm
During the past 15 years, three widely read articles bolstered by starstruck media have promulgated the incorrect perception — sorely in need of revision — that the U.S. Supreme Court bar is limited to a handful of elite lawyers, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

GAO Urges New VA Health Guidance For Native Americans

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 23, 2019 - 12:03pm
Citing challenges among government agencies and tribal facilities in coordinating health care for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, a congressional watchdog pressed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to roll out a new policy for referrals.

Oklahoma woman charged with murder of grandchild at Kickapoo Tribe casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 23, 2019 - 7:02am
Federal authorities say a 50-year-old woman left her grandson inside a parked car on a hot day while she gambled.

Seminole Tribe seeks sports betting as part of compact negotiations

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 23, 2019 - 5:56am
Details are trickling out as the Seminole Tribe engages in Class III gaming compact negotiations in Florida.

Supreme Court won't hear dispute over slip and fall at Navajo Nation casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 23, 2019 - 5:30am
The Navajo Nation has prevailed in a lawsuit that tested its sovereign immunity.

6th Circ. Remands Casino Case After High Court Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 22, 2019 - 6:21pm
The Sixth Circuit said Monday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision resolves a circuit court split over the correct interpretation of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code's "safe harbor" provision and overturns circuit court precedent on which two courts relied in a trustee's suit against a tribe and casino.

Why Tribal Sports Betting Hasn't Taken Off

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 22, 2019 - 4:09pm
Native American tribes are reluctant to jump feet first into sports betting, worried about renegotiating their state compacts, dealing with inexperienced legislators and earning little profit, despite the temptation of a massive new gambling market.

Calif. Tribe Can't Show Harm By Water Agencies, Judge Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 22, 2019 - 3:51pm
A California federal judge has tossed a bid by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to define the quantity and quality of water it’s entitled to in the Coachella Valley, saying the tribe lacked standing against two state water agencies because it hadn’t shown it didn’t get the water needed for its reservation.

9th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Tribal Atty's Age Bias Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 22, 2019 - 12:14pm
A former attorney for Arizona's Gila River Indian Community waited too long to argue that a tribal court violated his due process rights when it tossed his age discrimination suit against the community and its general counsel, the Ninth Circuit has held.

Seneca Nation seeks federal review after losing $256 million arbitration ruling

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 22, 2019 - 11:39am
With hundreds of millions of dollars on the table, the Seneca Nation wants the Trump administration to review its gaming compact.

Justices Pass On Slip-And-Fall Suit Against Navajo Casino

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 22, 2019 - 11:32am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a challenge to a Tenth Circuit ruling that determined a personal injury suit against a Navajo Nation-owned casino belonged in tribal, not state court.

Cowlitz Tribe debuts convenience store and gas station on gaming anniversary

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 22, 2019 - 10:20am
It's been two years since the Cowlitz Tribe opened its long-awaited gaming facility and business only continues to grow.

Catawba Nation homelands bill slated for first hearing on Capitol Hill

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 22, 2019 - 8:27am
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on a bill that paves the way for a Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe accused of numerous violations of gaming laws

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 22, 2019 - 1:26am
Federal regulators outlined a whopping 527 violations of law at the St. Croix Chippewa gaming enterprise.

DOI Didn't Justify Lifting Coal Leasing Moratorium

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 19, 2019 - 6:20pm
A Montana federal judge found Friday that a Trump administration decision to lift an Obama-era coal leasing moratorium without initiating the National Environmental Policy Act process was arbitrary and capricious.

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