LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Tribe Tells Justices 11th Circ. Botched Gambling Tax Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 12:08pm
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians has pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal challenging an Eleventh Circuit decision that found a tribe member owes taxes on payments stemming from casino revenue, saying the payments were for general welfare purposes and are excluded from taxable income.

Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 3, 2019 - 7:56am
The Catawba Nation is still seeking a brighter future, nearly three decades after settling its land claim against the United States.

Lending Cos. Have Tribal Immunity From Suit, 4th Circ. Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 5:13pm
Two lending companies linked to a Michigan tribe urged the Fourth Circuit on Thursday to overturn a Virginia federal court's determination that they could not cite tribal immunity to shield themselves from claims they charged illegally high interest rates on loans to consumers.

Justices Urged To Leave Tobacco Co.'s $58M Tax Bill Alone

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 5:01pm
The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't examine whether a Native American company owes $58 million in federal tobacco excise taxes, as a lower court correctly decided the taxes don't violate an 1855 treaty, the government has told the high court.

IHS Leader Details Agency Action Spurred By Abuse Scandal

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 3:26pm
The acting head of the Indian Health Service defended the agency's $5.9 billion budget Wednesday to a Senate subcommittee and said the agency is moving to exert better control over its staff following the conviction of an IHS doctor for sexual abusing Native boys.

NIGC Again OKs Gambling At Tribal Casino In Iowa

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 2:43pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission has affirmed its earlier decision that the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska can operate the Prairie Flower Casino on tribal land in Iowa, holding that the facility is located on land eligible for gambling.

Rural Tribal Broadband Severely Lacking, FCC Reports

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 2:38pm
Rural tribal areas lag far behind their urban tribal and non-tribal counterparts in broadband access, a new report from the Federal Communications Commission shows, which the agency says will prompt a proceeding in the near future to help close the gap.

Alaska Native Corp. Inks $2M Deal To End Kickback Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 11:29am
An Alaska Native corporation and its subsidiary have agreed to fork over more than $2 million to resolve whistleblower claims that the unit paid a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers official kickbacks to win government contracts for construction work at a Texas military base.

Tejon Tribe finally sees action on long-awaited gaming development

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 9:47am
It's taking longer than expected but the Tejon Tribe is inching closer to a casino in California.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 9:20am
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing progress on a bill to protect its reservation from being taken out of trust.

How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 9:13am
Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 3:19am
The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga.

Trump, GOP Urge 5th Circ. To Nuke Affordable Care Act

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 1, 2019 - 5:57pm
The Trump administration and nearly 20 Republican-led states pressed the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to torpedo the Affordable Care Act, asserting that the elimination of the law’s individual mandate penalty has doomed the act.

Gov't Scores $4.4M Deal In Gas Royalty Scheme Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 1, 2019 - 5:18pm
Gas marketing company B. Charles Rogers Gas Ltd., its owners and a former Shell employee have collectively agreed to pay nearly $4.4 million to resolve claims that they are responsible for the government being shorted on royalty payments, according to a Wednesday announcement.

DC Circ. Mulls If 'Going Forward' Implied EPA Policy Change

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 1, 2019 - 4:53pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used a routine opinion to slip in a nationwide policy change that would allow expanding power plants to skirt Clean Air Act requirements, an attorney for the Sierra Club told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday.

Mich. Tribe Continues Fight Against State In Boundary Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 1, 2019 - 3:28pm
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians told a federal court that Michigan is wrongly claiming an 1855 treaty did not create the tribe's reservation, saying the state should be denied a win in the tribe's suit seeking recognition of its reservation boundaries.

Enviros Seek $315K In Atty Fees In Methane Flaring Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 1, 2019 - 2:02pm
Environmental groups that challenged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to block an Obama-era rule limiting methane venting and flaring from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands have asked a California federal court to approve their attorney fees request.

Settlement reached in sovereign immunity case that went to Supreme Court

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 1, 2019 - 6:42am
A non-Indian couple who were involved in an accident with a tribal casino employee are receiving $110,000.

Stockbridge-Munsee Community loses ruling over rival casino project

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 1, 2019 - 5:22am
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has once again lost a challenge to a Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion project.

7th Circ. Says Tribe's Suit Over Casino Expansion Time-Barred

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 6:20pm
A Wisconsin-based tribe on Tuesday lost a suit against the state government and another tribe seeking to curb the latter's casino expansion plans, when a Seventh Circuit appeals panel said a lower court had been right to toss the claims as untimely.

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