Okla.'s Dual Columbus, Indigenous Days Become Law

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 3:32pm
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has signed a bill endorsed by a coalition of Native American groups that honors the state's indigenous people on Columbus Day.

Tribe Fights DOI's Escape Bid In Water Mismanagement Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 3:03pm
The Ute Indian Tribe has urged a D.C. federal judge to rebuff the U.S. Department of the Interior’s bid to exit the tribe’s suit over the alleged mismanagement of its water rights, saying the DOI can’t rely on sovereign immunity to avoid the tribe's claims.

House Advances California Tribe's Land Deal Bill

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 1:59pm
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday signed off on a bill that would affirm the federal government's Southern California land deal with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, an agreement that has spurred litigation in the Golden State.

Maui County Weighing Settlement Of High Court Water Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 12:24pm
A Hawaii county's support is wavering for its U.S. Supreme Court case that could determine whether Clean Water Act liability extends to facilities that pollute certain U.S. waters via groundwater, as some officials there worry about the precedent the justices could set.

ND Lawmakers Urge Wash. Gov. To Veto Oil Train Bill

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 30, 2019 - 11:51am
North Dakota’s representatives in Congress have jointly urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to veto legislation that would force flammable oil transported through the state by rail to be made less volatile, saying the bill would effectively block the transportation of Bakken crude.

Non-Indian firm keeps gaming license despite sexual misconduct scandal

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 30, 2019 - 11:47am
Billionaire mogul Steve Wynn trashed tribes in bidding for a casino license in Massachusetts. His legacy lives on.

Longtime Bureau Of Indian Affairs Official Named Director

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 4:42pm
The acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, who started with the U.S. Department of the Interior agency more than three decades ago, has been named to the post permanently, according to a BIA statement on Monday.

Justices Urged To Tackle NLRB Say Over Tribal Casinos

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 3:04pm
A California tribal casino pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to take up its bid to upend a decision that it can't stop workers from handing out union materials in guest areas, saying the National Labor Relations Board lacks jurisdiction over the casino and the case raises a key question for the arbitration of labor practice claims.

Wash. Tribe, County Continue Fight To Undo Casino Approval

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and a Washington county continued to press a federal court to undo the U.S. Department of the Interior's approval of a new Spokane Tribe casino, saying Friday the development will have a detrimental impact on the tribe and was approved without the mandated consultation.

DC Circ. Won't Budge From FERC Dam Dispute Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 12:14pm
The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider its January ruling that a one-year statutory clock for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if those applications are withdrawn and resubmitted, a decision stemming from a long-running dispute over the relicensing of hydroelectric dams.

Apache Tribe Says NIGC Wrongly Rebuffed Casino Land Bid

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 12:05pm
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe on Friday asked a D.C. federal judge to grant it a quick win in its suit against the National Indian Gaming Commission, saying the tribe is entitled to have land taken into trust as "restored lands" under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

BCBS Michigan Can't Escape Tribe's Overcharging Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 11:39am
A federal judge has rejected Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's push for dismissal of a tribe's suit accusing the insurer of overcharging for member and employee hospital visits by failing to take advantage of federal regulations that allow tribes to pay reduced rates. 

A Chat With Cleary Chief Talent Officer Hy Pomerance

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 29, 2019 - 9:59am
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Amanda Brady and Dustin Laws talk with Hy Pomerance, chief talent officer of Cleary.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Groundbreaking set for casino expansion

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 29, 2019 - 2:16am
The Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma, is getting a five-story hotel, a conference center and more gaming space.

Atty Sanctions Axed In Opioid MDL, Allowing Doc's Testimony

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 5:29pm
An Ohio federal judge on Friday scrapped attorney sanctions that would have barred testimony from a high-profile pain doctor in the multidistrict opioid litigation, calling the discipline "too extreme" despite a galling failure by plaintiffs' attorneys to divulge a deal with the doctor.

Parents Say Okla. High Court Ruling Supports Damages Redo

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 5:20pm
The parents of an infant who suffered a catastrophic brain injury during a botched delivery at an Indian Health Service hospital asked a federal court to reconsider capping the amount of damages available to them after the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a state law limiting noneconomic damages in personal injury cases.

Former Tribe Members Sue Deutsche Bank Over Mortgage

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 4:36pm
Three family members who were removed from the membership of the Narragansett Indian Tribe accused Deutsche Bank in Rhode Island federal court on Friday of improperly foreclosing on a mortgage for their property without getting approval from the federal government.

Tribes Wire $1M To Conn. Ahead Of New Casino's Opening

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 3:16pm
A joint company created by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes has wired $1 million to Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection to offset state regulatory costs as plans move forward for the construction of a new casino in the town of East Windsor, the tribes said Friday.

Feds Likely To Try Again If Insys Jury Deadlocks

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 2:20pm
For weeks, and without sending a single question or note to the court, a Boston federal jury has been mulling charges against former Insys Therapeutics executives charged with conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids, but if there's a deadlock, prosecutors are expected to keep pursuing the landmark case, experts say.

Wash. Tribe Slams IHS' Bid To Nix Contract Costs Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 26, 2019 - 1:24pm
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community urged a D.C. federal court Thursday to grant it a quick win in its suit accusing the Indian Health Service of underpaying health care costs, saying the agency clearly must pay those expenses under Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act contracts.


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