LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to murder of grandchild at Kickapoo Tribe casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 5, 2019 - 9:38am
An Oklahoma woman admitted she left her five-year-old grandchild in a locked car in a casino parking lot.

Forest County Potawatomi Community applies for commercial casino license

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 5, 2019 - 7:24am
The Forest County Potawatomi Community is seeking to expand its gaming enterprise with a commercial casino project.

Treasury Panel Spurs Hopes Of Solving Tribal Tax Problems

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 2, 2019 - 5:10pm
With the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee finally up and running, experts are watching to see how successful the panel will be in moving beyond its core duty to clarify tribal welfare benefits and push the government to tackle dual taxation, the "kiddie tax" and other major federal tax issues tribes face.

Tribe Asks DC Circ. For Opening To Fight FERC On Pipelines

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 2, 2019 - 5:05pm
A Rhode Island tribe told the D.C. Circuit on Friday it should be able to intervene in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review of a Kinder Morgan unit's pipeline expansion to argue for changes to FERC's review process.

Enviros Say BLM Wrongly Approved NM Fracking Permits

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 2, 2019 - 3:06pm
A Navajo-linked environmental group has challenged the Bureau of Land Management's approval of more than 250 oil and gas drilling permits in New Mexico's Mancos Shale, asserting in federal court that the agency failed to consider the cumulative environmental and public health impacts of fracking.

Purdue Says Mass. Opioid Suit Sets Dangerous Precedent

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 2, 2019 - 3:04pm
A Massachusetts lawsuit seeking to hold Purdue Pharma and its controlling Sackler family responsible for the opioid crisis stretches the bounds of the law and could set a dangerous precedent for corporate directors, the pharmaceutical company told a judge Friday.

Philly City Worker Denied $360K Atty Fees On $1 Award

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 2, 2019 - 1:02pm
A federal judge ruled Friday that a $1 verdict won by a Philadelphia municipal employee on claims she was retaliated against for complaining about alleged workplace discrimination did not entitle her to receive legal fees from the city.

8th Circ. Upends Block Of ND Voter Identification Law

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 1, 2019 - 6:29pm
A split Eighth Circuit panel has held that North Dakota was wrongly blocked from demanding that voters provide a current residential address, saying a group of Native Americans hadn't shown the requirement was too burdensome for most people.

Tribes, Enviros Win Halt To Ariz. Copper Mine

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 1, 2019 - 4:47pm
An Arizona federal judge handed a victory to tribes and environmental groups by putting the brakes on the proposed Rosemont Copper mine, saying the U.S. Forest Service's "inherently flawed analysis" led the agency to approve plans to dump nearly 2 billion tons of waste in the Coronado National Forest.

EPA Will Wait For High Court Before Acting On Groundwater

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 1, 2019 - 4:22pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's water chief said Thursday the EPA will wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in before issuing its own rule interpreting whether the Clean Water Act covers pollution that crosses through groundwater before hitting regulated waters.

Conn. Lawmakers Push Gambling Bill As Slot Revenue Dips

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 1, 2019 - 4:06pm
Connecticut lawmakers have floated a bill that would allow the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to operate a Bridgeport casino and conduct sports wagering and internet gambling, saying the plan would give the state’s gambling industry a needed boost as it faces increased competition and decreased slot revenue.

DOI Can't Shake Lawsuit Over Flip On Migratory Bird Kills

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 1, 2019 - 1:59pm
A New York federal judge on Wednesday said the U.S. Department of the Interior can't evade states' and environmental groups' legal challenges to its decision not to criminally prosecute individuals and companies for accidentally killing or injuring migratory birds.

$17B Or Zilch? Okla., J&J Make Final Pitches After Opioid Trial

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 6:27pm
Oklahoma and Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday recommended wildly divergent outcomes for a first-in-the-nation trial over a drugmaker’s opioid crisis liability, with the state seeking more than $17 billion and J&J asserting that it owes no money at all.

Mont. Investor Gets 2½ Years For Galanis Tribal Bond Fraud

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 3:23pm
A New York federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Montana investor to 2½ years in prison for his role in a scheme led by serial fraudster Jason Galanis that defrauded pension funds and a Native American tribe by misappropriating proceeds from over $60 million in tribal bonds.

No 'Wilderness' Right In Ore. Climate Change Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 2:21pm
An Oregon federal judge on Wednesday said U.S. citizens don't have a constitutional right to privacy in the wilderness that has been violated by federal policies on fossil fuels, agriculture and forestry that have contributed to climate change.

ConocoPhilips Says Enviro Review On Point For Oil Probe

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 1:53pm
ConocoPhillips urged an Alaska federal court Tuesday to throw out a challenge from a tribe and environmental groups to the company’s oil and gas exploration this past winter, saying the federal government properly based its review of the planned work on earlier environmental studies of the National Petroleum Reserve.

Chemehuevi Tribe looks to revive plan for off-reservation casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 31, 2019 - 12:59pm
The Chemehuevi Tribe is eyeing an off-reservation casino in California as it completes work on a new facility.

Enviros Want Richmond Fuel Depot Housing Project Blocked

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 11:27am
Environmental groups and Richmond, California, residents on Tuesday asked a federal court to block efforts to develop a former Navy fuel depot while a Native American tribe appeals a ruling denying its bid to dodge a suit stemming from the tribe's settlement with the city over a failed casino project.

Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 11:11am
Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

EPA Supports Bid To Ditch Clean Power Plan Litigation

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 31, 2019 - 9:55am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday added its voice to a chorus calling for the D.C. Circuit to formally end litigation over an Obama-era power plant regulation that has been rescinded and replaced by the Trump administration.

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