March 3, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/3

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2021.html

  • Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association, Inc. v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (Indian Gaming; Fee-to-Trust; Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1987)
  • Big Horn County Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Big Man (Tribal Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers)
  • Picard v. Colville Tribal Correctional Facility (Indian Civil Rights Act; Tribal Law and Order Act)
  • Newtok Village v. Patrick (Leadership Dispute; Tribal Elections; Trust Relationship)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.421 - A bill to amend the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to expand the Indian reservation drinking water program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1373 - To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require a Federal medical assistance percentage of 100 percent for urban Indian organizations, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1415 - To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1416 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to recognize Indian tribal governments for purposes of determining under the adoption credit whether a child has special needs.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2021.html

  • Commandeering confrontation: A novel threat to the Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal sovereignty.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Oregon court affirms Klamath Tribes' water rights
  • In tribal constitution change, the Cherokee Nation addresses a history of enslavement
  • What tribal sovereignty means for Freedmen citizenship
  • Schatz secures $80 million for Native Hawaiian healthcare, housing, and education programs in COVID-19 relief bill
  • Bipartisan bill renews effort to strengthen Tribal transportation infrastructure
  • University of Colorado, Denver: Native American College Tuition Bill
  • Panelists explain how patriarchies altered two-spirit, Native cultures
  • A call to action: Native communities’ priorities in focus for the 117th Congress
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hears from Native leaders
  • What's old is new: The return of Peacemaking

February 24, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/24

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2021.html

  • Seneca Nation of Indians v. New York (IGRA; Revenue Sharing)
  • United States v. Murphy (Jurisdiction; Statute of Limitations)
  • Shopbell v. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Treaty Rights; Qualified Immunity; Civil Rights)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2021.html

  • Workforce Safety and Insurance v. Cherokee Services Corp. (Sovereign Immunity)
  • In re Kameron N. (ICWA)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2021.html

  • In re: Effect of Cherokee Nation v. Nash and Vann v. Zinke (Tribal Constitutions; Cherokee Freedmen)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.358 - A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to modify the distribution of funds under the tribal transportation program, and for other purposes.
  • S.371 - A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land located in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2021.html

  • Jurisprudence and recommendations for tribal court authority due to imposition of U.S. limitations.
  • Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez in the evolution of federal law.
  • Native American oral evidence: Finding a new hearsay exception.
  • Tribal opposition to Enbridge Line 5: Rights and interests.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Feds drop legal battle against Mashpee lands
  • National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations
  • South Dakota State Senate resolution passes unanimously to rescind Wounded Knee medals
  • Spurred by pandemic, Little Shell Tribe fast-tracks its health service debut
  • CU professor, regents testify for in-state tuition for American Indian students with Colorado ties
  • First Nations Development Institute receives funding to build Native American assets through racial wealth gap research and philanthropic equity
  • Tomaquag Museum offering 'Literature and Author Conversations' series, free virtual programs
  • Eugene-area Indigenous people soon will have a Coquille Indian Tribe medical clinic
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hears from Native leaders
  • Podcast: Native American voices on the air in the early days of radio

February 17, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/17

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2021.html

  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa v. Wheeler (Clean Water Act; Cultural Resources)
  • Apache Stronghold v. United States (Sacred Sites; Oak Flat/Chi-chil Bildagoteel)
  • Allegany Capital Enteprises, LLC v. Cox (Tribal Corporate Entities; Sovereign Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2021.html

  • Walker E. v. State of Alaska (ICWA)
  • People of the State of Michigan v. Caswell (Treaty Rights)
  • In re Groves (Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.Res.54 - An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Indian Affairs.
  • S.314 - A bill to repeal the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act.
  • S.325 - A bill to amend the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act to extend the deadline for a report by the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1047 - To allow certain State and Tribal permitting authority to encourage expansion of broadband service to rural and Tribal communities, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2021.html

  • Missing or murdered Indigenous people: Culturally based prevention strategies.
  • Jurisdictional solutions in Indian Country to support missing or murdered Indigenous people efforts.
  • National survey estimates of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Addressing sexual abuse, assault, and trafficking as co-morbidities in missing or murdered Indigenous populations.
  • Enhancing law enforcement response to missing person cases in tribal communities.
  • Prevention strategies related to missing or murdered Native Americans.
  • Rethinking protections for Indigenous sacred sites.
  • Oneida Nation v. Village of Hobart.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • A conversation with law expert about Oak Flat and treaties
  • New NTUA fiber line will increase internet capacity for Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, local schools, and businesses
  • Climate justice must include Indigenous sovereignty
  • Indigenous fine dining … but make it curbside
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces $220 million contract awards for the clean-up of more than 50 abandoned uranium mine sites on the Navajo Nation
  • OU's Women's and Gender Studies hosts Q&A on missing, murdered Indigenous women
  • OU Outreach's American Indian Institute (Aii) launches new virtual speaker series
  • $1.6 million grant will support digitization of Native American oral histories
  • Indigenous feminism is our culture