December 18, 2019

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 12/18

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at
U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition for certiorari was granted in this case on 12/13/19:
McGirt v. Oklahoma (Indian Major Crimes Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
Bay Mills Indian Community v. Whitmer (IGRA; Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act)
Yurok Tribe v. Resighini Rancheria (Sovereign Immunity)
Rosales v. Dutschke (Indian Gaming; Rule 19)
Fitisemanu v. United States (Birthright Citizenship)

State Courts Bulletin
State of Minnesota v. Bellcourt (Jurisdiction; Cross-Deputization Agreement)
State of Minnesota v. Northrup (Treaty Fishing Rights)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
  • S.3019 - Montana Water Rights Protection Act
  • S.3044 - A bill to amend the American's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to expand the Indian reservation drinking water program, and for other purposes.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
  • Owning Geronimo but not Elmer McCurdy: The unique property status of Native American remains.
News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • 'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp on federal recognition
  • Majority of U.S. states, 75 members of Congress and more than 30 organizations file amicus briefs in support of Native American families and children
  • U.S. Supreme Court accepts new Oklahoma case about Indian reservations
  • 'We can help ourselves:' Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality
  • Environmental, nuclear worries force Prairie Island tribe to seek new lands
  • A Native law school 'is something we need'
  • Muckleshoots among 30 tribes selected for expansion of program enhancing tribal access to national crime information databases
  • Hopes for bipartisan Montana water law in 2020
  • 'It changed our lives': Banished women fight Ute tribal leaders in federal court