November 20, 2008

Tribal Supreme Court Project Update

A new Tribal Supreme Court Project Update Memorandum has been posted at

This week in the Indian Law Bulletins

Petition for writ of certiorari was denied in Bodkin v. Cook Inlet Region Inc. on 11/17/08. This case dealt with age discrimination and Alaska Native regional corporation shareholders. Find the U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin at:

Other features include:

A case relating to sovereign immunity of a manufacturer as an enterprise of a tribe. See the U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin at:

A case where an administrator of a self-insurance risk pool is subject to jurisdiction of a tribal court. See the District Courts Bulletin at:

A case where a member of a tribe was convicted of unlawful use of nets to take fish and, as part of sentence, was prohibited from owning gillnets during term of sentence, on and off reservation. See the State Courts Bulletin at:

In the U.S. Regulatory Bulletin is an adopted rule of the Department of Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs relating to trust reform.

In the Economic Development section of the News Bulletin, we feature a story about a tribe starting their own wireless company.

The Law Journal Bulletin includes an article on indigenous sovereignty in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

November 14, 2008

Indian Law Bulletins Updated

This week's U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin features a case relating to the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act: Southwest Casino and Hotel Corp. v Flyingman. Find case summaries and links to source documents at:

The New Bulletin features stories relating to Native American Heritage month and a push for education reform. Find it at:

The Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin includes an article about state taxation of tribal construction projects. Find it at:

National Native American Heritage Month

From the Librarians' Index to the Internet: ""The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans" by providing links to material on Native Americans. Features links to collections and exhibitions, historic places, images, audio and video sources, and related material."


November 6, 2008

New at the Indian Law Bulletins

U.S. Supreme Court: Petition for writ of certiorari was filed in Roberts v. Hagener. This case relates to alleged violation of the Equal Protection Clause in Montana hunting regulations.

U.S. Courts of Appeals: This week we feature Catskill Development v. Park Place Entertainment Corporation where a casino development group and land developer brought action against competitor alleging tortious interference with contractual relations and tortious interference with prospective business relationships in connection with development and management of Native American casino.

U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin: This week we feature a case relating to a challenge to a tribal court search warrant in United States v. Wahtomy.

State Courts: This week, we feature a case relating to child support in Cypress v. Jumper.

U.S. Regulatory information: This week we feature an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services Announcement of funding awards for fiscal year 2008; Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.

November 3, 2008

New in the Supreme Court

Petitions for writ of certiorari were filed in two cases: Bodkin v. Cook Inlet Region, Inc., which deals with age discrimination and shareholder distributions, and Michigan Gambling Opposition v. Kempthorne, which deals with whether Congress’ delegation of authority to the Secretary of the Interior to acquire land for Indians is unconstitutional, and also whether the IRA authorizes the Secretary to acquire land in trust for Indian Tribes that were not recognized and under federal jurisdiction in 1934.

Read about the cases in the U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin - - and the News Bulletin -