LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

SD Gov. Threatens Sioux Tribes' COVID-19 Checkpoints

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 11, 2020 - 12:27pm
Two Native American tribes could become locked in a legal clash with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem after vowing not to bend to her demand that they remove checkpoints set up at reservation borders to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Pandemic Points Up Need For New Broadband Plan, Sen. Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 5:28pm
More than a decade after the Federal Communications Commission first laid out the road map for spreading internet access across the country, one Democratic senator believes the National Broadband Plan is due for an update.

How Long Is Too Long For Tribal Virus Funds, DC Judge Asks

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 4:49pm
As the Treasury Department said Friday it will take weeks longer to deliver the full $8 billion it owes tribes to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a D.C. federal judge quizzed the government's attorney on how much longer the department can take before the court might be justified in forcing it to distribute the funds.

Dems Look To Stop Trump's New Water Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 4:39pm
Democratic House leaders said Friday they want to stop President Donald Trump's so-called Dirty Water Rule from becoming a reality, saying they've proposed an act that would stop implementation of the new rule, which seeks to roll back Clean Water Act protections.

Navajo Face 'Huge Job' Deploying $600M In Virus Funds

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 3:57pm
The Navajo Nation on Friday celebrated its receipt of more than $600 million in novel coronavirus relief funding, even as government officials conceded that deploying the funds ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline will be a challenge.

Tribe's Gambling Arm Wants Out Of Casino Contracts Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 3:16pm
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' gambling authority on Thursday urged a Michigan federal court to dismiss a lawsuit lodged by two development companies accusing it of breaching contracts related to the construction of two new casinos.

Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 8, 2020 - 2:06pm
Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

Federal Aid Sought For Native Health Revenue Lost To Virus

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 4:44pm
A bipartisan group of more than 50 senators and representatives has urged Senate leaders to furnish specific funding for federal, tribal and urban Indian health programs to help them cover their heavy losses of third-party revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ex-SD Tribe Officials Sentenced For Embezzling Tribal Funds

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 4:27pm
Two former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe council members and a tribal employee were sentenced this week for their roles in an embezzlement scheme that took close to $1 million in funds, assets and other property belonging to the tribe, federal authorities said Wednesday.

NM City Near Navajo Nation Extends Virus Lockdown

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 3:29pm
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham again invoked the state's Riot Control Act on Thursday to extend a lockdown in the state's northwestern city of Gallup, which borders the Navajo Nation and has seen a sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. 

Navajo Uranium Miners Seek Relief In Next Virus Package

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 3:06pm
Bruce Chavez thinks that he is likely to die if he contracts the novel coronavirus. Not only is he vulnerable because of his age, but the Navajo elder has pulmonary fibrosis — a lung disease he says he contracted working in uranium mines in the 1960s.

Don't Use Nationwide Permit For Pipelines, Groups Urge

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 2:11pm
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups on Wednesday said they don't oppose the federal government's bid to allow a recently vacated nationwide water permit's use for some infrastructure projects, but they urged a Montana federal judge to draw the line at new pipelines.

Wash. Justices Say Insurer Must Defend In Tribal Rights Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 2:03pm
A split Washington state high court affirmed Thursday that a title insurance company breached its duty to defend a husband and wife against a tribe's claim that an 1854 treaty allows it to harvest shellfish on the couple's tidelands.

Wind ​​​​​​​Developers Say Tribe's Relief Sought Must Be Limited

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 1:53pm
The developers of a wind farm project have asked an Oklahoma federal judge to drop portions of a complaint by the Osage Nation's mineral lease negotiator, arguing in part that they don't square with the Tenth Circuit's opinion that revived the case.

What All Attorneys Can Learn From Female Rainmakers

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2020 - 1:31pm
Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.

Feds' Plan For Tribal COVID-19 Funding Poses Problems

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2020 - 7:02pm
The U.S. Treasury Department's move this week to send out a large portion of $8 billion in funding to combat the coronavirus pandemic is providing a long-awaited boost to tribes, but the structure of the department's plan raises concerns about what exactly the funds will cover, how much Alaska Native Corporations may be allotted, and the potential for more delays in receiving the remaining money, experts say.

House Bill Aims To Fatten FCC's Universal Service Fund

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2020 - 5:06pm
The Universal Service Fund could be working with a much bigger budget if a pair of bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives get their way and succeed at passing a bill that would change how the program is funded.

More Alaska Native Corps. Want In On Virus Aid Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2020 - 4:28pm
An Alaska Native regional corporation and five village corporations moved Tuesday to intervene in the fight by tribes to stop any of the $8 billion in direct tribal funding for COVID-19 relief from going to such companies.

Okla. AG Bashes Governor's View In Gambling Compact Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2020 - 1:17pm
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has slammed Gov. Kevin J. Stitt's claim that he had the authority to sign new gambling compacts with two Native American tribes that allow sports betting, saying the governor can't bind the state to honor the deals because they're illegal.

Restasis Buyers Win Cert. Battle In Allergan Monopoly Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2020 - 12:52pm
Health care plans, welfare funds and other buyers of Allergan's extremely successful dry eye treatment Restasis have won class certification in the sweeping litigation accusing the drugmaker of illegally keeping generic rivals on the sidelines, with three firms tapped to head up their legal team.

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