LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Ho-Chunk Nation showcases Native food at gaming facility

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 26, 2019 - 8:28am
A Ho-Chunk Nation casino is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a Native food menu created by Chef Elena Terry, a tribal citizen.

EPA Settles With Hopi Tribe On Drinking Water Violations

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 4:00pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday the Hopi Tribe will pay a $3,800 penalty for failing to reduce arsenic levels in drinking water at a hospitality facility on its reservation in Second Mesa, Arizona.

Enviros Say Army Corps Wrongly Permitted Keystone Pipeline

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 3:44pm
Environmental groups challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a permit that authorizes the Keystone XL pipeline project have urged a Montana federal judge to grant them a win on the majority of their claims, saying the project's impact on various waterways was not properly evaluated.

9th Circ. Breaks Logjam Over Post-Fire National Forest Project

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 1:12pm
The Ninth Circuit has lifted an order that prevented logging as part of a U.S. Forest Service project to guard against fires in the Klamath National Forest, saying a lower court didn't give enough weight to the plan's public benefit when issuing an injunction.

Judging A Book: Donald Reviews 'Usual Cruelty'

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 1:02pm
The provocative new book by Alec Karakatsanis, "Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System," shines a searing light on the anachronism that is the American criminal justice system, says Sixth Circuit Judge Bernice Donald.

Gaming Co. Says Calif. Tribe Owes $5.4M For Sham Casino

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 12:53pm
A development company has pressed a California federal court to rule in its favor in a breach of contract suit alleging a tribe lured it into investing $5.38 million in a sham casino project, saying the tribe had agreed to pay a promissory note from noncasino resources when the casino did not open.

Trump Can Reopen Offshore Drilling, Alaska Tells 9th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 25, 2019 - 11:18am
Alaska and an oil industry trade group have asked the Ninth Circuit to uphold the Trump administration's effort to undo former President Barack Obama's block on oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

National Indian Gaming Commission gains a new leader for the Trump era

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 25, 2019 - 10:43am
The National Indian Gaming Commission has a Republican-chosen chairman for the first time in nearly a decade.

Pamunkey Tribe asserts rights after release of gaming study

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 25, 2019 - 10:01am
A new gaming study is warning of the pitfalls of awarding exclusive casino licenses to tribal nations.

Oklahoma tribes compete for commercial casino in Arkansas

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 25, 2019 - 9:16am
The Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation continue to compete for a commercial casino in Arkansas, where one of their fellow tribes is already up and running.

EPA Can’t Speed Up Power Plant Emissions Case: DC Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 4:19pm
The D.C. Circuit on Friday denied the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to put the case challenging its replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan on the fast track, saying it had “not articulated strongly compelling reasons that would justify expedition” of the case.

$80M Rests On 2nd Circ. Fixing Split Cig Tax Ruling, UPS Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 3:11pm
UPS urged the Second Circuit on Thursday to revisit its hefty penalty against the company for delivering untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations into New York, saying almost $80 million hinges on the interpretation of a single word that left the circuit panel keenly divided.

Barr Unveils Plan To Help Missing, Murdered Native Americans

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 3:10pm
Attorney General William P. Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans, with the initiative focusing on the hiring of dedicated personnel in U.S. attorney's offices, expanding local law enforcement access to FBI resources, and analyzing missing persons data.

Tribe Asks To Stop Wells Fargo Bid For Casino Loan Payment

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 1:56pm
A California tribe has denied that it gave its employees a bonus to avoid payment on a $250 million casino loan from Wells Fargo, telling a New York state court that it didn't divert collateral or violate the loan agreement.

MGM Says Tribes Can't Tiptoe Into $300M Casino Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 1:19pm
MGM Resorts took aim at a bid by two tribes and the state of Connecticut to toss the resort giant’s suit seeking review of the federal government's approval of the tribes' $300 million casino project, telling the court Friday that parties seeking to weigh in on the case should have to join the feds in defending against it.

Senate Confirms NIGC Chair As Okla. Gov. Taps Tribal Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 22, 2019 - 12:06pm
Two attorneys with expertise in Native American law have recently won top governmental posts, with a Trump administration pick becoming head of the National Indian Gaming Commission and a tribal court judge earning a spot on the Oklahoma Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Tribe Can't Get Immunity In Church Takeover Suit, Judge Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 21, 2019 - 3:44pm
A South Florida Haitian Baptist church urged a federal judge not to toss its suit alleging that the Seminole Tribe of Florida interfered with its operations, arguing that the tribe doesn’t have sovereign immunity because the dispute didn’t stem from its commercial activity.

Sens. Advance Contested 9th Circ. Picks

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 21, 2019 - 2:11pm
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two Ninth Circuit picks Thursday despite opposition from home-state Democratic senators, while the chamber's majority leader teed up confirmation votes for eight district court nominees, including one who's drawn bipartisan opposition over her anti-abortion advocacy.

Insys Reaches Creditor Deal For Tiered Ch. 11 Recoveries

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 21, 2019 - 1:34pm
Bankrupt opioid maker Insys Therapeutics Inc. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday that negotiations over the past week had resulted in a deal with its creditors on a Chapter 11 plan that will provide tiered recoveries to claimants in different classes.

Tribal College Keeps Immunity Win In 9th Circ. Sex Bias Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 21, 2019 - 1:00pm
The Ninth Circuit has backed a lower court's decision to toss a sex discrimination suit brought against a Montana college by a former school official, agreeing that the college was shielded from the suit as an arm of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

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