November 10, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 11/10

Federal Courts Bulletin
La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Reservation v. Donald Trump (Sacred Sites)

State Courts Bulletin
In Re B.S. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
H.R.8729 - To establish a Native American language resource center.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
A meeting of the minds: Utilizing Maine's state education system to promote the success of its Native students while maintaining tribal sovereignty.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
  • 50 years after a missed phone call, Brothertown Indian Nation still in pursuit of federal recognition
  • Give the land back?
  • National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission accepting applications
  • Study explores role of traditional parenting class in strengthening Native American families
  • NCAI condemns formal withdrawal by the United States from the Paris Agreement; reaffirms tribal nations' commitment to the Accord
  • Native cinema showcase
  • Win or lose, Indigenous congressional candidates made history in 2020
  • Missing and murdered Indigenous women study committee releases recommendations

October 14, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 10/14/2020

Federal Courts Bulletin
United States v. Archer (Water Rights)

State Courts Bulletin
Jackson E. v. State of Alaska (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
One bill was signed into law by the president on 10/10/20:

  • S.227 - Savanna's Act: This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing or murdered Native Americans.
  • News Bulletin
    This week, in brief:

    • Supreme Court pick has ‘significant impacts’ for tribes
    • Canada Supreme Court to consider constitutional rights of Native Americans with US citizenship
    • Alaska Supreme Court rules that absentee voters won’t need witnesses
    • Muskogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band to host virtual program on racism
    • Faculty research university’s ties to Indigenous dispossession
    • On the record: Project by NM museum, National Archives posts 374 US-tribal treaties online
    • Tribe releases supplement to correct student history books
    • A victory for Native children’s rights to remain with family and tribe
    • Nevada land proposal includes tribal voices
    • Philbrook Museum of Art opens groundbreaking exhibition of Native women artists

    October 7, 2020

    Indian Law Bulletins Updated 10/07/2020

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    U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
    Petitions for certiorari were denied in three cases on 10/5/20:

    • Nobles v. North Carolina (Jury Selection)
    • Native Wholesale Supply Company v. California, ex rel. Xavier Becerra (Sovereign Immunity)
    • In Re Scott Louis YoungBear (Civil Rights; SOR)

    Petition for certiorari was granted in one case on 10/5/20:
    Wilson v. Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction)

    Federal Courts Bulletin

    • United States v. Abouselman (Water Rights)
    • United States v. State of Washington (Treaty Rights)
    • SEC v. Sugarman (Securities Act; Exchange Act)
    • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. United States (Trust Relationship)

    U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin

    • S.4786 - A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey to, and take into trust for the benefit of, the Burns Paiute Tribe certain land in the State of Oregon.
    • S.4787 - A bill to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.
    • H.R.8469 - 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.

    News Bulletin
    This week, in brief:

    • The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett: An Indian law perspective
    • How the pandemic has complicated voting access for millions of Native Americans
    • Tribes critical after EPA grants Oklahoma regulatory authority in Indian Country
    • Rez connectivity, human rights 'necessity'
    • Nearly 3 in 10 Native American women work a front-line job, but they’re far from receiving equal pay
    • ASU Law launches first-ever Indian gaming and self-governance programs
    • Larissa FastHorse, a playwright of Indigenous stories, wins a MacArthur grant
    • Webinar: McGirt v. Oklahoma: Understanding the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision across Native America
    • Tribes defend themselves against a pandemic and South Dakota’s state government
    • Eskimo Pie is getting rid of its derogatory name