'There was no substance': Ryan Zinke claims exoneration in Indian gaming scandal

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 23, 2019 - 8:26am
The former leader of the Department of the Interior is telling the media and energy interests that he's been cleared of wrondgoing.

Mohegan Tribe welcomes Miss America 2020 Competition to gaming facility

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 23, 2019 - 7:27am
The Miss America pageant will be held in Indian Country for the first time in 2020.

President Trump's Indian gaming pick up for confirmation hearing

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 23, 2019 - 6:51am
Donald Trump was openly hostile to tribes when he was in the casino business. Now he gets to pick the federal official overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

Unlawful Pain Pill Sales Undeniable, Opioid MDL Counties Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 6:26pm
Seeking a leg up in an upcoming bellwether trial, Ohio counties in the multidistrict opioid litigation are asserting that drug companies sold highly addictive painkillers with such clear disregard for illicit use that they can’t credibly deny violating federal law.

Cherokee Nation Again Sues DOI For Trust Fund Accounting

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 4:32pm
The Cherokee Nation hit the U.S. Department of the Interior with a complaint in D.C. federal district court Friday, claiming the department and its Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to account for their handling of tribal trust funds, after withdrawing similar claims in Oklahoma federal court earlier this year.

DC Circ. Again Denies Enviros' Push For Pipeline Challenge

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 3:53pm
The full D.C. Circuit on Monday turned down an environmental group's request to reconsider a panel's decision that the organization lacks standing to sue federal regulators over a contentious gas pipeline upgrade project, as none of the judges sought a review.

Indian Hospitals Added To Indigenous Opioid Abuse, Feds Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 2:35pm
A government report released Monday found that five Indian Health Service hospitals gave patients higher doses of opioids than recommended by federal guidelines, contributing to an abuse epidemic.

Mass. Wins Bid To Change Judgment In Tribal Casino Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 2:06pm
A federal court has granted Massachusetts’ request to amend a judgment in the state’s suit against a Native American tribe over its operation of a casino, declining to resolve the tribe’s concern that the state may interfere with its rights to operate a gambling facility.

NIGC Says Apache Tribe Can't Use NM Land For Casino

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 12:57pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission has argued that it properly determined the Fort Sill Apache Tribe was not entitled to operate a casino on land the tribe owns in New Mexico, urging a D.C. federal court to grant it a win in the tribe's long-running suit.

E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 22, 2019 - 9:36am
As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

Biggest Enviro Law Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2019

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 19, 2019 - 4:55pm
Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the biggest environmental cases to watch in the second half of 2019, including U.S. Supreme Court appeals based on Superfund and Clean Water Act issues and a challenge to President Donald Trump's authority to shrink national monuments designed by his predecessor.

Scientists Ask 1st Circ. To Revive Expert 'Purge' Lawsuit

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 19, 2019 - 3:40pm
A group of scientists told the First Circuit a lower court wrongly signed off on a Trump administration directive that bars scientists from its advisory committees who receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants, saying it violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

Army Corps Owes ND $38M For Pipeline Protests, Suit Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 19, 2019 - 2:16pm
North Dakota hit the U.S. government with a suit in federal court Thursday, claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owes the state $38 million for failing to contain protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Wells Fargo Says Tribe Must Pay In $250M Loan Dispute

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 19, 2019 - 1:46pm
Wells Fargo has sued the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California in New York state court, accusing the tribe and its economic development authority of participating in a scheme to avoid making payments owed as part of a $250 million loan agreement.

DC Circ. Backs EPA On Ditching Hardrock Mining Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 19, 2019 - 1:39pm
The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era proposal that would have required hardrock mining facilities to prove they can pay for cleanup efforts, rejecting arguments by environmental groups that the decision flouted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

House Panel Supports Ban On Drilling In Chaco Canyon

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 18, 2019 - 5:48pm
The House Natural Resources Committee has given its blessing to a bill that seeks to withdraw federal land around New Mexico's Chaco Canyon from future oil and gas drilling, saying the proposal is ready to be taken up by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

Climate Change Divides FERC As LaFleur Says Goodbye

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 18, 2019 - 3:44pm
Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relitigated how the agency should consider the climate change impacts of projects Thursday in Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur's final meeting, underlining a continued disagreement between its members.

DOJ's New Enviro Cases Down Nearly A Third: Report

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 18, 2019 - 3:00pm
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a steadily decreasing number of environmental lawsuits in federal district court since 2010, while green groups have picked up some of the slack and law firms are busier than ever, according to a new litigation report.

Tribe Opposes Mass. Bid To Change Casino Suit Judgment

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 18, 2019 - 1:59pm
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head has asked a federal court to deny Massachusetts' "backhanded" attempt to amend an order over tribal plans to build a casino, arguing that state officials can't dodge the decision that says they may not interfere with the tribe's right to operate a gambling facility.

BLM Urges End To Suit Over Alaska Oil, Gas Exploration

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 18, 2019 - 1:21pm
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has asked an Alaska federal court to toss a suit by a tribe and environmental groups over an oil and gas exploration plan in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, saying the agency's environmental analysis complied with federal law and the suit is moot since the exploration ended in May.


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