September 22, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 9/22/21

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2020-2021update.html

  • A petition for certiorari challenging McGirt v. Oklahoma was filed on 9/17/21:
    • Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta (Criminal Jurisdiction; McGirt v. Oklahoma)

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

  • Brice v. Plain Green, LLC (Tribal Lenders; Tribal Law)
  • Whalen v. Oglala Sioux Tribe Executive Officers (Tribal Elections; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Maples v. Whitten (Habeas Corpus Petition)
  • Evans Energy Partners, LLC v. Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Contract Breach)
  • Shade v. Department of the Interior (Allotments; Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act)

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

  • State of Alaska v. Arctic Village Council (Voting Rights; Absentee Ballots)
  • In the Interest of J.S., G.S., and I.F., Children (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • In re Hotchkiss (Indian Child Welfare Act)

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

  • S.2757 - A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to allow the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into self-determination contracts with Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations to carry out supplemental nutritional assistance programs.
  • H.R.5317 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to provide technical assistance to States and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes for the development of veteran suicide prevention activities, and for other purposes.

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

  • Deb Haaland signs Montana tribes water rights compact
  • Tribal governments adopting vaccine mandates amid COVID-19 surges
  • Native American communities submit New Mexico redistricting maps
  • Two Oregon tribes chosen for federal crime data-sharing program
  • Coalition of experts sound alarm on Line 5 pipeline's threats to tribal interests and climate change
  • A key component of Peacemaking circle rests on foundation of trust and respect
  • Call for submissions: WIPO photography prize for Indigenous peoples and local community youth 2021-2022
  • Native Hawaiian education programs to receive $28 million in federal dollars
  • Tribal solar projects provide more than climate solutions
  • 'We're not going anywhere': Choctaw Freedmen cite history, ties to tribal nation in fight for citizenship
  • Texas forced out nearly all Indigenous people. A new monument memorializes broken treaty
  • 'Like auctioning off the Sistine Chapel': An auction house sold an Osage cave containing important prehistoric art for $2.2 million

September 15, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 9/15/21

The Native American Rights Fund Boulder office is hiring for the open position of law librarian. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2020-2021update.html

  • Additional petitions for certiorari challenging McGirt v. Oklahoma have been filed.
  • Four petitions for certiorari were filed on 9/3/21:
    • Haaland v. Brackeen (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Texas v. Haaland (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Brackeen v. Haaland (Indian Child Welfare Act)

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

  • Chase v. Andeavor Logistics, L.P. (Indian Country Trespass; Pipeline Development)
  • Holguin v. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Law Enforcement Jurisdiction; Tribal Exhaustion Doctrine)

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

  • Interest of K.B. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Matter of D.A. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

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

  • S.2728 - A bill to amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments.
  • H.R.5221 - Urban Indian Health Confer Act
  • H.R.5234 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for elective payments to Indian tribal governments for energy property and electricity produced from certain renewable resources.

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

  • The tribal right to exclude others from Indian-owned lands.
  • Impact of the coronavirus and federal responses on Indigenous peoples' health, security, and sovereignty.
  • State v. Nobles: Chance to settle needless jurisdictional turbulence.
  • The Supreme Court of Washington's broad interpretation of the "reason to know" standard in In Re Dependency of Z.J.G. and why a uniform, broad interpretation of the standard will lead to better outcomes.

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

  • 6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act
  • Cherokee Nation passes historic nearly $3 billion budget
  • Chair Grijalva introduces the Urban Indian Health Confer Act to create parity for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas
  • In 'This Land,' a custody tribal over Native children heads to the Supreme Court
  • Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission receives Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal climate resilience funding
  • Hundreds march in Pierre, demanding resignation of numerous South Dakota public officials for Indigenous erasure
  • Native American women lose nearly $1 million to the pay gap over their careers--and COVID-19 could make the disparity worse
  • Stronghearts Native Helpline releases one year sexual violence advocacy report
  • 'We gave them a lot of authority to guide us': How the Native tribes of Oklahoma are helping shape the new First Americans Museum

September 8, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 9/8/21

The Native American Rights Fund Boulder office is hiring for the open position of water rights attorney. Learn more about the vacancies at https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

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

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources v. The White Earth Band of Ojibwe (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Treaty Rights)
  • Bartell Ranch LLC v. McCullough (Lithium Mining; Federal Land Policy and Management Act; National Historic Preservation Act)
  • State of Texas v. Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas (Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act; Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)

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

  • H.R.5160 - To establish an Office of Native American Affairs within the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5193 - To provide payments to States and Tribal governments to support energy transition communities, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5195 - To reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, 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

  • A national truth commission for Native Americans.
  • When justice does not work: A solution focused approach to violence against Native women in Indian Country.
  • Tribal pardons: A comparative survey.

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

  • Tribes file cert petition defending Indian Child Welfare Act before Supreme Court
  • Indigenous, local communities key to successful nature conservation: study
  • Federal court affirms health care as treaty right
  • WSU nabs $250,000 grant for Indigenous-developed and -instructed clinical simulation space
  • Culturally relevant financial education
  • EPA and Justice Department reach settlement with Northern Cheyenne Utilities Commission to address Clean Water Act violations in Montana
  • Oregon’s first tribal- and artist- preference housing nearly complete
  • Native American tribes enforce mask mandates regardless of state bans
  • A pioneering exhibit will showcase contemporary Indigenous architecture