Teck Says Justices Need To Reexamine CERCLA Liability

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 4:55pm
Teck Resources Ltd. has pleaded with the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision holding it liable for releasing waste into the Columbia River, saying that Washington state and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation's efforts to keep the ruling in place isn't supported by the law.

EPA Chief Orders Review Of Cost-Benefit Analysis Methods

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has directed the agency’s offices governing water, land and air quality to put together plans to reform the process of evaluating the costs and benefits of new regulations.

Circuit Split Not 'Minor' In $58M Tax Row, Tobacco Co. Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
The federal government's characterization of differences between circuit courts in interpreting tribal tax treaties as "minor" endangers the rights of indigenous people nationwide, a Native American tobacco company facing a $58 million tax bill told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday.

Blue Cross Can't Escape Tribe's Health Care Fraud Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 3:56pm
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan must face allegations that it committed health care fraud by breaking a promise to give a Native American tribe discounts on treatment, a Michigan federal judge ruled Monday, trimming the lawsuit but refusing to toss it.

Texas Says 5th Circ. Shouldn't Revisit Tribal Gambling Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 1:48pm
The state of Texas urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday not to reconsider a ruling that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas can't offer bingo under state law, saying the panel correctly determined that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act does not apply to the tribe.

How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 21, 2019 - 12:21pm
Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

Non-Indian firms that fought tribes in talks for sale of gaming property

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 21, 2019 - 11:57am
'Makes no sense at all,' one gaming consultant said of the potential deal in Massachusetts.

VIDEO: Buena Vista Rancheria celebrates grand opening of long-awaited casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 21, 2019 - 3:27am
It took more than a decade but the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians finally achieved success.

Catawba Nation continues to see opposition to casino on homelands

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 21, 2019 - 2:57am
From religious groups to a rival tribe, the Catawba Nation is facing hurdles as it pursues a casino in North Carolina.

Mayor: Ponca Tribe brings hope to the local community with casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 21, 2019 - 2:16am
The Prairie Flower Casino represents much-needed economic development on a plot of land that was previously sitting vacant.

Texas Passes Felony Penalties For Pipeline Damage

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 4:35pm
The Texas Legislature on Monday passed a bill that would impose felony penalties on those who damage oil and gas pipelines and other so-called critical infrastructure in a move criticized by activists as an attack on free speech.

8th Circ. Won't Revisit Ruling On Tribal Police Immunity

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 3:20pm
The Eighth Circuit on Monday rejected a Nebraska man's request that the court revisit its decision to toss his suit alleging thst he was robbed and beaten by Oglala Sioux tribal authorities, leaving in place a circuit panel's ruling that the tribe is immune to the suit.

High Court Won't Review Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Claim

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 3:05pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a Native American tribe’s argument that the U.S. Forest Service was required under the National Historic Preservation Act to conduct additional reviews for a uranium mining project near the Grand Canyon.

US Gives No Right To Wilderness, DOJ Says In Climate Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 1:38pm
The federal government has asked an Oregon federal judge to toss a lawsuit alleging that U.S. citizens have a constitutional right to privacy in the wilderness that's been violated by climate change-inducing fossil fuel, agriculture and forestry policies.

High Court Won't Weigh In On NLRB's Power Over Tribal Cos.

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 12:35pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether the National Labor Relations Board has power over tribal employers, rejecting a California casino’s challenge to a ruling that it illegally blocked workers from passing out pro-union leaflets.

Justices Say Tribe's Hunting Right Outlasted Wyo. Statehood

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 6:51am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Crow Tribe member's state court conviction for crossing state lines to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest, ruling that the tribe's treaty right to hunt didn't end when Wyoming became a state.

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 20, 2019 - 2:11am
It wasn't all good news from the U.S. Supreme Court as the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians was turned away in a closely-watched labor sovereignty case.

Gov't Must Provide Info In Challenge To 2-For-1 Rule Order

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 5:34pm
The D.C. federal judge presiding over public interest groups' challenge to President Donald Trump's executive order requiring that for every new regulation, two rules must be eliminated, said Friday that federal agencies must do a better job complying with discovery.

Revised Opportunity Zones Offer Tribes New Tool To Spur Biz

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 4:19pm
The federal government's recently proposed regulations on opportunity zones provide much-needed guidance to help Native American tribes find ways to use the program to attract investment, but tribes' success will likely depend on how well they can parlay the zones with other sources of federal funding.

Ute Tribe Seeks OK Of Tribal Water Theft Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 3:55pm
The Ute Indian Tribe has urged a Utah federal judge to recognize and enforce a nearly $150,000 tribal court judgment stemming from the alleged theft of tribal water, saying the U.S. court should respect the tribal body's decision. 


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