December 4, 2019

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 12/4

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at

Federal Courts Bulletin
McCoy v. Salish Kootenai College, Inc. (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
Chegup v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (Indian Civil Rights Act; Banishment)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
  • H.Res.735 - Recognizing the maternal health crisis among indigenous women in the United States, which includes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women, recognizing the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among indigenous women, and calling for urgent Federal funding changes to ensure comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally competent maternal health and family planning services are available.
  • H.R.5158 - Promoting Sustainable Energy Projects for Tribal Communities Act of 2019
News Bulletin
This week, in brief:
  • New book about petroglyphs offers a glimpse into the lives of the earliest people in Kansas
  • Cherokee Nation drives more than $2 billion into Oklahoma economy
  • Empty desks: Discipline & policing in Montana's public schools
  • US Senate passes bill repealing discriminatory laws against Native Americans
  • Quapaw Nation reaches trust settlement
  • Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing
  • Senate VAWA bill 'undercuts tribal sovereignty'

November 19, 2019

NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 11/19

Federal Courts Bulletin
Clements v. Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Tribal Jurisdiction)
FMC Corporation v. Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Hazardous Waste Storage; Tribal Court Jurisdiction)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
  • S.2871 - A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income payments under the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program and certain amounts received under the Indian Health Professions Scholarships Program.
  • H.R.5153 - To assist Tribal governments in the management of buffalo and buffalo habitat and for the reestablishment of buffalo on Indian lands.
News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Tribes' water rights at Klamath River upheld by federal circuit court
  • Native American students left behind by S.D. education system
  • 'We want to be calling the shots': Naat'aanii partnership poised to deliver Medicaid to Navajo
  • Yaqui, O'odham history and sovereignty in the borderlands
  • 'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item
  • Cherokee Nation celebrates grand opening of largest tribal outpatient health center in country
  • How an Arrow Lakes elk hunt became a case of tribal recognition

October 23, 2019

NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 10/23

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at

Federal Courts Bulletin
Oneida Indian Nation v. Department of the Interior (Federal Recognition)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
  • S.2616 - A bill to provide civil and criminal jurisdiction over Alaska Natives and non-Alaska Natives for certain Indian tribes in the State of Alaska.
  • H.R.4752 - To accept land into trust for the benefit of the Prairie Island Indian Community as compensation to the Tribe for Tribal lands that have been rendered dangerous by the use and storage of highly toxic nuclear materials, some of which also have been inundated by flood waters, to release the United States from related claims, and for other purposes.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
  • Overlooking canon: How the Alabama Supreme Court used a footnote to disregard tribal sovereign immunity in Wilkes v. PCI Gaming Authority.
  • Internet gaming on & off tribal lands.
  • Digging deeper to protect tribal property interests: United States v. Osage Wind, LLC.
  • "Perhaps Congress Would, Perhaps Congress Should"--Why Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians c. Patchak and Carcieri v. Salazar must be legislatively overridden to protect the IRA Trust Acquisition Authority.
News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • RECAP: National Congress of American Indians opens annual convention #NCAIAnnual19
  • New judicial order gives northern Alaska tribes more say in criminal sentencing
  • The reality of Native American Studies
  • Alaska Federation of Natives declares climate emergency
  • Southwest tribes oppose storage plans for tons of spent nuclear fuel
  • Are Wisconsin schools willing to end Native American nicknames? Some don't even want to talk about it.
  • Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma