Calif. Officials Shake Tribal Biz's Tobacco Tax Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 14, 2019 - 11:20am
A pair of California officials has defeated a tribal business entity's litigation challenging certain Golden State taxes linked to the sale of tobacco products, with a federal judge holding Tuesday that he lacks authority to block the state's tax collection.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe showcases Native history at casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 14, 2019 - 11:03am
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is paying tribute to prominent Native Americans at one of its casinos in Oklahoma.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shares less with citizens

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 14, 2019 - 10:21am
Some citizens of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are upset that their gaming per capita payments haven't kept up with the times.

Tejon Tribe wins approval for intergovernmental agreement with county

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 14, 2019 - 9:54am
The future continues to look bright for the Tejon Tribe, just a few years after being restored to federal recognition.

Trump Barred From Relying On Energy Advisory Panel Advice

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 7:18pm
A Montana federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from relying on the recommendations of an improperly reestablished energy advisory committee, handing a partial win to an environmental group that can't "succeed on all its claims" but has "identified a gaping hole in government accountability."

4 Takeaways From The Trump Administration's ESA Changes

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 5:25pm
The Trump administration's new rules rolling back several Endangered Species Act protections deliver changes sought by industry and some states that will ease the path for projects such as oil and gas pipelines, but Democrats and environmentalists have already announced their intention to fight back. Here, Law360 looks at four noteworthy aspects of the rules.

SD Loses Challenge To Tribal Trust Land

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 4:35pm
The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has affirmed a federal decision to take land into trust for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, rejecting South Dakota’s claims that the ruling didn't properly consider the regulatory criteria.

DOI Gets Win In Tribal Council Candidates' Election Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 3:50pm
A Washington federal judge sided with the Department of the Interior Tuesday, saying Nooksack tribal council candidates had not shown there was a policy that elections had to comply with tribal law, and as such, the agency had the right to certify the election results despite fraud allegations.

Seneca Nation Seeks To Undo $255M Arbitration Award

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 1:16pm
The Seneca Nation of Indians has urged a New York federal court to vacate a $255 million arbitration award to the state for unpaid casino revenue, saying the panel disregarded a law that says the payments must be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior's secretary.

Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 12:27pm
In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

Blue States Join Fight Against Trump's Power Plant Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 13, 2019 - 11:47am
New York and California led dozens of blue states and cities Tuesday in launching a D.C. Circuit challenge to the Trump administration's replacement of the Clean Power Plan, joining public health groups that have already targeted the rule supplanting the Obama administration's signature climate change regulation.

Cayuga Nation sues cable network over portrayal in 'Billions' show

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 13, 2019 - 7:29am
A popular cable series did little to disguise the identity of the 'Cayuga' people who were depicted in a recent episode.

Ponca Tribe scores another legal victory against casino opponents

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 13, 2019 - 6:27am
The Ponca Tribe can continue to operate its gaming facility on its homelands in Iowa.

Leech Lake Band debuts new casino by setting fry bread record

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - August 13, 2019 - 2:29am
The Leech Lake Band set a Guinness World Record with a fry bread that weighed 150.2 pounds.

EPA Seeks To Undermine High Court Precedent In Water Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
The Trump administration's deregulatory push has largely focused on rolling back Obama-era policies, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent proposal to restrict states' and tribes' authority to block projects over water concerns takes aim at the U.S. Supreme Court's decades-old ruling granting broad leeway to those governments.

States, Tribes Get $109M To Implement Next Generation Of 911

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 5:34pm
Two tribal nations and 34 states will be getting a boost to help upgrade their 911 systems to do things like accept texts with $109 million in government grants, the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation have announced.

Mass., Calif. AGs Threaten To Sue Over Trump's ESA Changes

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 3:42pm
The Massachusetts and California attorneys general on Monday said they intend to sue over new Endangered Species Act changes that they criticized as unnecessary rollbacks of important conservation measures, arguing the Trump administration's move puts animals at risk.

DOI Reiterates That Drilling Lease Cancellation Was Justified

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 3:20pm
The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday continued to push the D.C. Circuit to reverse a ruling that it arbitrarily canceled a drilling lease on Montana land sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe, saying it provided "substantial" reasoning to support the cancellation.

Wash. Tribe Says Reservation Extends To Disputed Land

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 2:01pm
The Yakama Nation and a Washington county made their final pleas Friday in litigation over whether tribe members can be arrested on disputed land, with the tribe saying both it and the federal government agree that the tract falls within reservation boundaries.

Fed. Court Can Hear Tribe's Suit Against Couple: 9th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2019 - 1:07pm
Federal courts can decide whether tribal courts' judgments apply to nonmembers sued by a tribe, the Ninth Circuit said Friday, overturning a lower-court decision.


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