August 12, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 8/12

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Eglise Baptiste Bethanie de Ft. Lauderdale, Inc. v. Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Cadet v. Snoqualmie Casino (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Zurich American Insurance Company v. McPaul (Tribal Court Jurisdiction)
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Fiduciary Duty)
  • Singer v. Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act)
  • Lafley v. Adams (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Julio A. v. State of Alaska (Indian Child Welfare Act)
Klein v. Wisconsin Department of Revenue (Indian Taxation; Sovereign Immunity)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7948 - To amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the collection and availability of health data with respect to Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.7973 - To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to improve access by Indian Tribes to support from the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support program (E-rate) of the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes.
  • S.4498 - A bill to amend Public Law 106-511 to reauthorize the Navajo electrification demonstration program, and for other purposes.
  • S.4510 - A bill 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)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Waiving historic resource laws at the southern border.
  • How to say sorry: Fulfilling the United States' trust obligation to Native Hawaiians by using the Canons of Construction to interpret the Apology Resolution.
  • Colonizing history: Rice v. Cayetano and the fight for Native Hawaiian self-determination.

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

  • The federal government gives Native students an inadequate education and gets away with it
  • BIA opens cold case office in Albuquerque
  • How Native tribes started winning at the Supreme Court
  • Navajo Nation president asks for leniency for federal death row inmate
  • To' Kee Skuy' Soo Ney-Wo-Chek' Progress Report - Year 1 of Study on M.M.I.W. in Northern California
  • Federal agency sets guidelines for reopening Native American schools
  • Chuck Hoskin: New Cherokee language department connects us to who we are as a people
  • Sioux checkpoints aim to block bikers from crossing tribal land
  • National Native organizations issue joint statement on U.S. Census Bureau Change to 2020 Census Operations
  • Po'pay's Rebellion, also known as the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
  • Pop culture artists team with educators for Native lessons

August 5, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 8/5

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
A petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 7/27/20:
Nobles v. North Carolina (Indian Status; Criminal Jurisdiction)
A petition for habeas corpus was filed in one case on 6/17/20:
In Re Scott Louis YoungBear (Civil Rights Violations)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Oneida Nation v. Village of Hobart (Reservation Boundaries)
  • Stephen C. v. Bureau of Indian Education (Indian Education)
  • Landreth v. United States (Sovereign Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
In the Matter of the Adoption of B.B. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Section 5, Indian trust land acquisitions, and secretarial authority.
  • Navigating tribal opposition to permits for Great Lakes mining projects.
  • Upholding tribal treaties with the Clean Water Act.

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

  • House committees approve Gallego bills to end copays and improve care for Native veterans
  • Trump's pick to manage public lands has four-decade history of "overt racism" toward Native people
  • More than 1 thousand acres of Esselen ancestral land returned to tribe
  • Yurok Tribal Court, Sovereign Bodies Institute release progress report on pivotal project
  • Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation celebrates first class of medical school students during white coat ceremony
  • Unraveling the mystery of a stolen ceremonial shield
  • Feds open South Dakota office for MMIW cases
  • Turtle Mountain could be first North Dakota tribe to recognize same-sex marriage
  • Nunavummiut have to stay home, but their art continues to travel
  • $20 million gift to ABQ nonprofit will benefit thousands of Native American students
  • In 1920, Native women sought the vote. Here's what's next.

July 29, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/29

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Read the latest Tribal Supreme Court Project update published on 7/24/20.

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • United States v. Ferguson (Major Crimes Act)
  • United States v. Red Cloud (Major Crimes Act)
  • Cherokee Nation v. Stitt (IGRA; Gaming Compacts)
  • Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma v. Campbell (Jurisdiction)
  • The Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
In the Matter of April S. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
McCormick, Inc. v. Fredericks (Jurisdiction; Breach of Contract)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7773 - To establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration that will strengthen the development of small business concerns in emerging markets, such as those owned by women; socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a federally or State recognized Indian Tribe), Asian Pacific Americans, and other minorities; veterans; and those located in rural areas, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.7774/S.4331 - To preserve Indian Tribes' and Native Hawaiian organizations' autonomy of access to spectrum over Tribal lands and expedite immediate deployment of telecommunications services for critical government services, including national emergencies, natural disasters, public health and biohazard threats, safety, education, opportunity to participate in the broadband economy, self-governance, access to Federal, State, and Tribal voting and elections, and the Federal census count, for the protection of life and property in furtherance of the Federal trust responsibility, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.7748 - To ensure that after a declaration of a major disaster affected States, local governments, and Indian tribal governments receive immediate approval for services and assistance provided under section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
  • H.R.7801 - To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to State, local, and Tribal public health departments to train and equip Federal public health reserve corps personnel to assist with testing, contact tracing, and treatment of COVID-19, 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/2020.html

  • Repatriation of sacred Native American cultural belongings from historical racism.
  • (Indigenous) language as a human right.
  • In defense of culture: Protecting cultural expressions in intellectual property.

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

  • Bipartisan letter urges passage of CSKT water compact
  • Eviction notice: Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline must vacate Oceti Sakowin lands
  • Statement from Blackfeet Nation regarding new bill to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine
  • Nez urges lawmakers, election officials to come up with alternatives to preserve tribal members' rights to vote
  • How can America get Native health right?
  • Bay Mills Indian Community hosts second annual Noojimo'iwewin: A VAWA and ICWA training
  • Lawsuit seeks education reform at Native American schools
  • Global Initiative for Indigenous Advancement announces community sponsorship for art installation on Boston Common
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline: Domestic and dating violence
  • South Dakota lawmakers criticize Kristi Noem on tribal checkpoints
  • Choctaw chief chosen to help design new Mississippi flag

July 22, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/22

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Gibbs v. Haynes Investments, LLC (Payday Lending)
  • Martinez v. United States (Federal Tort Claims Act)
  • Hanson v. Parisien (Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance)
  • United States v. Walker River Irrigation District (Water Rights)
  • Sisto v. United States (Federal Tort Claims Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Treat v. Stitt (Tribal Gaming Compacts)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

H.R.7692 - To provide a grant program for elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education to help offset costs associated with complying with guidelines, recommendations, and other public health communications issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a State, Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or locality related to mitigating the hazards presented by COVID-19.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Living in the blast zone: Sexual violence piped onto Native land by extractive industries.
  • The Belloni Decision: A foundation for the Northwest fisheries cases, the national tribal sovereignty movement, and an understanding of the rule of law.
  • How much evidence should we need to protect cultural sites and treaty rights?
  • Taxes, theft, and Indian tribes: Seeking an equitable solution to state taxation of Indian Country commerce.

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

  • National Indian Health Board cites failed U.S. policies toward American Indians for severe COVID-19 impacts in testimony before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • A bridge of repair for Native and Black America
  • The Native American critique of new law school study
  • Why the American Indian Movement started the Heart of the Earth Survival School
  • ASU Law program on McGirt
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline: Stacking up the numbers
  • Hoeven statement on United States Department of Agriculture announcement on food distribution program on Indian reservations
  • Why tribes should have the power to enforce strict Coronavirus policies
  • CASA seeks volunteer advocates to help local children
  • Return of sacred Black Hills: 'It's a question of when' and 'no surrender of sovereignty'
  • It's not just a ski resort. From Tahoe to Carson, Indigenous people say Sierra names misrepresent them

July 15, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/15

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
One case was decided on 7/9/20:
McGirt v. Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Williams v. Medley Opportunity Fund II, LP (Tribal Sovereign Lending)
Crow Indian Tribe v. United States (Endangered Species Act; Yellowstone Grizzlies)
Dossett v. Ho-Chunk, Inc. (Sovereign Immunity)
Shopbell v. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Treaty Rights)
Grondal v. Mill Bay Members Association, Inc. (Indian Allotment)
Poarch Band of Creek Indians v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC (Opioid Manufacturing)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7557 - To amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments.
  • H.R.7565 - To authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, 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/2020.html

  • Chipping away at the public trust doctrine: Mauna Kea and the degradation principle.
  • When the Navajo Generating Station closes, where does the water go?
  • An odd way to read a preemption statute: The Atomic Energy Act, Virginia Uranium, and the Diné Natural Resource Protection Act.
  • Redefining tribal sovereignty for the era of fundamental rights.
  • "You're in apple land but you are a lemon": Connection, collaboration, and division in early '70s Indian Country.
  • Herrera v. Wyoming: The Supreme Court's most recent attempt to balance tribal rights, state power, and conservation efforts.

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

  • Court blocks Montana law that restricts voting rights of Native Americans
  • The McGirt case is a historic win for tribes
  • Q&A: What does McGirt ruling mean?
  • How the 'only family' argument is used against Indigenous families
  • Black Lives Matter for Freedman Descendants of the Five Civilized Tribes
  • Pandemic complicates tribes' quest for data sovereignty
  • Indigenous groups launch first national $1 million direct cash program for Native Americans during COVID-19 pandemic
  • State Supreme Court vacates racist 1916 ruling in Yakama fishing rights case
  • Ninth Circuit rules to restore protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

July 8, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/8

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
United States v. Many White Horses (Tribal Sovereignty; Banishment)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dakota Access, LLP (Dakota Access Pipeline; APA; NEPA; NHPA; Mni Waconi Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Yakima County (Land Use Petition Act)
Kalima v. State of Hawai'i (Hawaiian Home Lands Trust)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

S.4168 - A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award additional funding through the Sanitation Facilities Construction Program of the Indian Health Service, 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/2020.html

  • The psychosocial effects of Native American mascots: A comprehensive review of empirical research findings.
  • Justice for Juristac: Using international and comparative law to protect Indigenous lands.
  • Purcell v. Gonzalez, principle and problem--Native American voting rights in the 2018 North Dakota elections.

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

  • Big #NoDALP news: Federal judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline
  • 'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory
  • Mail-in voting isn't an answer in Indian Country. Senators urge DOJ to accomodate tribes
  • FedEx, the Washington Redskins' most prominent sponsor, asks the team to change its name
  • Lawsuit over cultural appropriation of Native designs proceeds, despite Neiman Marcus bankruptcy
  • This court case could weaken WA's Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Contact tracing for Native Americans in rural Arizona
  • Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore
  • Pommersheim talks legal battle between tribe & government
  • 'What choice do we have? As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt
  • National Gallery of Art acquires painting by Salish artist

July 1, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/1

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 6/19/20:
United States v. Cooley (Jurisdiction)
Petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 6/29/20:
Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, et al. v. Bureau of Indian Affairs, et al. (Administrative Procedure Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Yakima County (Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • New Holy v. Department of the Interior (Tribal Constitutions)
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)
  • Lorry van Chase v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Freedom of Information Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Lavallie v. Jay (Jurisdiction; Personal Injury)
Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership (Attorney Fees)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • S.4059 - A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States, political subdivisions of States, Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, community-based entities, and primary care and behavioral health organizations to address behavioral health needs caused by the public health emergency declared with respect to COVID-19.
  • S.4079 - A bill to authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, and for other purposes.
  • S.4081 - A bill to provide a grant program for elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education to help offset costs associated with complying with guidelines, recommendations, and other public health communications issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a State, Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or locality related to mitigating the hazards presented by COVID-19.
  • S.4090 - A bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, and for other purposes.
  • S.4113 - A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide grants to States and Indian Tribes to deploy affordable, high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas.

 

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Indian lives matter: Pandemics and inherent tribal powers.
  • Codifying the rights of nature.
  • Running for missing and murdered Native women.
  • Yurok Tribe fishing court.

 

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

 

  • 'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
  • 'End of an era': American Indian Services closes after 49 years
  • Navajo Nation president says New Mexico still failing students
  • Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned
  • Judge: Alaska corporations can get tribal virus relief money
  • Blackfeet propose permanent protections for Badger Two Medicine
  • Speaker Seth Damon signs Navajo Nation Diné Pride Week proclamation to recognize equality progress
  • Native women law students excluded from so-called "Women of Color in Law Schools" study
  • Knowing, rethinking a shared history

June 24, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/24

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petitions for certiorari were denied in two cases on 6/22/20:
Baley v. United States (Endangered Species Act; Water Rights)
Cherokee Nation v. Bernhardt (Reservation Boundaries)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt (Endangered Species Act; National Forest Management Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency v. K.L.B. and C.J. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7263 - To repeal the eighth proviso under Operation of Indian Programs of 1998 to restore Tribal sovereignty.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • The canary in the coalmine--The tragic history of the U.S. government's policies toward Native peoples.
  • Murphy v. NCAA and the legalization of sports betting in states and Indian Country.
  • Piliʻōlelo: E Ahona Kānaka I Ke O‘a Kānāwai.

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

  • Little Shell nationhood passes six month mark
  • The power of California's Native American youth in the 2020 Census
  • AZ tribes sue federal government over water quality rules
  • Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket
  • Mishigamiing Journalism Project starts at Record-Eagle
  • Blackfeet film takes home an Emmy
  • Northern Arapaho woman beings campaign for state's sole U.S. House seat
  • Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds
  • Your road trip is not more important than Indian Country

June 17, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/17

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Solonex, LLC v. Bernhardt (Oil and Gas Leasing)
  • Winnemucca Indian Colony v. United States (Tribal Elections)
  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)
  • Lingenfelter v. Liptak (RLUIPA)
  • Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham v. U.S. Bank National Association (Fraud)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7173 - To protect the status of lands held in trust for the benefit of federally recognized Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
  • S.3937 - A bill to amend section 330C of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize special programs for Indians for providing services for the prevention and treatment of diabetes, and for other purposes.
  • S.3948 - 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.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Indigenizing professional responsibility.

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

  • Ruling cancels energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area
  • A hospital's secret coronavirus policy separated Native American mothers from their newborns
  • How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
  • 'It's so important for our young people to vote'
  • COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture puts curriculum on tribes online
  • Man sentenced for stealing Ancestral Puebloan artifacts
  • Iron Range board tables Fond du Lac water treatment funding over band's 'anti-mining' stances
  • Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from 'this monster'
  • UC Berkeley has nearly 500,000 tribal artifacts and remains. It isn't giving them back quickly
  • In Apache, we say ‘Ndąą Diłhił’í bi’idąą da’ilįį’ (Black Lives Matter)

June 10, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/10

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
United States v. Grote (Payday Lending; TILA)
Booker v. Plain Green, LLC. (Sovereign Immunity)
Elliot v. Snyder (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act)
Gwitchyaa Zhee Corporation v. Bernhardt (ANCSA)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
In re M.W. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7092 - To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Indian Education, and to provide permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.7119 - To convey land in Anchorage, Alaska, to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and for other purposes.

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

  • A native perspective on shared political resistance and force
  • Shoshone-Bannock transgender inmate makes history with legal fight
  • Disparity, disease, and drinking water: COVID-19 and safe drinking water access in Indian Country
  • U.S. Senate passes Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act
  • Ruth Buffalo: 'We tripled...Native American women running' for North Dakota Legislature
  • Prof Pommersheim talks checkpoints
  • Ramos bill to acknowledge historic Native American presence moves to Senate
  • Investigation reveals a consistent picture: 'It's really hard to vote in Indian Country'
  • Pocatello attorney prevails in largest water rights case in Nevada history
  • Mashpee Wampanoag: U.S. court 'stood up for justice'
  • Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions

June 3, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/3

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Mdewakanton Band of Sioux in Minnesota v. Bernhardt (Federal Recognition)
  • Navajo Health Foundation v. Razaghi Development Company, LLC (RICO)
  • Yurok Tribe v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Endangered Species Act; Cultural Resources)
  • Sxʷnq̓ʔels l Suw̓ečm / Ksukⱡiⱡmumaⱡ ʾA·kጦaⱡmukwaʾits d/b/a Energy Keepers Inc. v. Hyperblock LLC (Contract Breach)
  • Ten Eyck v. United States (Sovereign Immunity; Federal Torts Claim Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
People in Interest of K.C. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7056 - To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award additional funding through the Indian Health Services Sanitation Facilities Construction Program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.7080 - To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States, political subdivisions of States, Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, community-based entities, and primary care and behavioral health organizations to address behavioral health needs caused by the public health emergency declared with respect to COVID-19.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Immigration, plenary powers, and sovereignty talk: Then and now.
  • Environmental federalism in Indian Country: Sovereignty, primacy, and environmental protection.

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

  • 'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid COVID-19 challenges
  • Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
  • Tribal court to hear argument on non-resident voting rights amidst COVID-19
  • Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
  • The sheer brutality that Black and Native men face
  • Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land
  • When art is medicine
  • Modern-day AIM makes its presence felt
  • Advocating for human rights during a time of COVID-19
  • Congressional letter to Indian Health Service re: Faulty PPE sent to Navajo
  • 'Love and Fury' documents Indigenous artists at the vanguard

May 28, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/28

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 5/14/20:
Rogers County Board of Tax Roll Corrections, et al. v. Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
and was denied in another case on 5/26/20:
Noem v. Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (Indian Gaming)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
United States v. Unzueta (Indian Status)
Citizens for Clean Energy and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. Department of the Interior (Federal Coal Leases)
Grand Canyon Trust v. Provencio (Uranium Mining; Cultural Resources)
Holy v. Department of Interior (Tribal Constitutions)
Gila River Indian Community v. Cranford (Reserved Water Rights)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Pamela J. v. Department of Child Safety, T.C., J.C., Navajo Nation (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.Res.591 - A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2020, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Ending the interminable gap in Indian Country water quality protection.
  • The Louisiana Purchase: Indian and American sovereignty in the Missouri Watershed.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • 'We are thrilled': Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe hails victory for sovereignty
  • Project to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States
  • Quinault Indian Nation comments on Chehalis River Dam Project
  • Montana court temporarily blocks Montana law that restricts Native American voting rights
  • Opinion: Wado to Cherokee foster parents
  • The Sioux man 'empowering' Standing Rock with solar power
  • Navajo Technical University to develop environmental engineering program
  • Tribal leaders share relief funding challenges
  • Montana Democrats seek more Natives in local elections
  • Fewer polling places present challenges for Native voters
  • 'Powwow Pop Art' and perseverance




May 20, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/20

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Chee v. Mescalero Apache Tribal Court (Writ of Habeas Corpus)
Magee v. Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation (Sovereign Immunity)
Stephen C. v. Bureau of Indian Education (Indian Education)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Robbins v. Mason County Title Insurance Company (Treaty Rights)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.3754 - A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make a technical correction to the water rights settlement for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, and for other purposes.
  • S.3742/H.R.6907 - A bill to establish a program in the Department of the Treasury to allocate funds to States, units of general local government, and Indian Tribes to provide assistance to certain small businesses, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6836 - To amend the CARES Act to provide for payments to the Indian Health Service, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, 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/2020.html
  • Jurisdictionary transparency and Native American women.
  • Uncivil rights: The abuse of tribal sovereignty and the termination of American Indian tribal citizenship.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Native Women Lead, Nusenda funnel funding to indigenous businesses, families
  • Native Sun News Today: Checkpoints on reservations point of discussion
  • Harvard Project/Native Nations Institute Report on CARES Act Distribution
  • Burt Lake Band prevails in federal court; can appeal BIA denial
  • UCLA Preliminary Report on Census 2020 and 2010 Response Rates on American Indian Reservations
  • Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe returns to court
  • Native American farm working to keep community fed during pandemic
  • Healthcare. Housing. Infrastructure. Indian Country's 'status quo is in a bad spot'
  • A sustainable Arctic has to include Indigenous groups
  • KU Law partners with UN to train diplomats on indigenous issues, conflict resolution
  • Bison bring spiritual revitalization to Sioux, Assiniboine



May 13, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/13

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Employers Mutual Casualty Company v. McPaul (Tribal Jurisdiction)
Reyes v. Department of the Interior (Tribal Membership)
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)
United States v. Smith (Jury Selection)
Gilliam v. Roach (Sovereign Immunity)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.3650 - A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to deem employees of urban Indian organizations as part of the Public Health Service for certain purposes, and for other purposes.
  • S.3666 - A bill to fund grants for the immediate deployment of temporary wireless broadband service on Tribal lands and Hawaiian Home Lands, to provide emergency special temporary authority to use electromagnetic spectrum for the provision of wireless broadband service on Tribal lands and Hawaiian Home Lands, and for other purposes.
  • S.3672 - A bill to provide States and Indian Tribes with flexibility in administering the temporary assistance for needy families program due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), to make emergency grants to States and Indian Tribes to provide financial support for low-income individuals affected by that public health emergency, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6772/S.3622 - A bill to waive the cost share requirement for Indian Tribes receiving disaster assistance relating to COVID-19, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res.565 - A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • The Indigenous decade in review.
  • Sovereignty-affirming subdelegations.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • U.S. Supreme Court weighs 'transfers of sovereign right'
  • Native Sun News Today: Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues
  • Pandemic broadens use of telemedicine in Indian Country and beyond
  • Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health
  • Beyond the sensational rhetoric: 'Only Congress can disestablish, diminish or undo a reservation'
  • Native candidate seeks to make history
  • Probe launched into Interior leaks, handling of $8 billion for tribes
  • Navajo Nation college has record number of degrees
  • Fry Bread: Children's book explores the connection between cooking and colonization
  • COVID-19 aid starts flowing to tribes after weeks of confusion
  • How a virtual powwow helped heal a spirit broken during the pandemic


May 6, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/6

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Pasaye v. State of Nevada (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. Bernhardt (Recognition; Reservation Disestablishment)
Holtz v. Oneida Airport Hotel Corporation (Indian Civil Rights Act; Americans With Disabilities Act)
Fort Sill Apache Tribe v. National Indian Gaming Commission (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; Administrative Procedure Act)
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians v. Department of the Interior (Trust Land Acquisition)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Indigenous resilience.
  • Building adaptive capacity in tribal communities of the Missouri River Basin to manage drought and climate extremes: A case study from the Wind River Indian Reservation.
U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.3608 - A bill to amend the CARES Act to provide flexibility in use of funds by States, Indian Tribes, and municipalities.
  • H.R.6700 - To authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements, and for other purposes.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • U.S. Treasury to begin distributing virus relief money to tribes
  • 2010 census changed voting maps in San Juan Country, but fears of an undercount loom
  • Now, more than ever, we need tribes at the water negotiating table
  • Uniting online for missing Native women, girls
  • How Minnesotans can address homelessness among the state's American Indians
  • For some Native college students, online classes could be a dealbreaker
  • Cafe brings Indigenous 'comfort food' to elders
  • Indigenous studies requirement is a 'no brainer'
  • 'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Court upholds death penalty for Navajo man on U.S. death row
  • Chuck Hoskin: Even during social distancing, Cherokee culture connects us


April 29, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/29

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (CARES Act; Relief Funds)
Tsi Akim Maidu of Taylorsville Rancheria v. Department of the Interior (Federal Recognition)
State of Washington, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation v. EPA (Clean Water Act)
Williams & Cochrane, LLP v. Rosette, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation (Fee Agreements)
Baltas v. Erfe (RLUIPA)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Cora G. v. State of Alaska (ICWA; CINA)
In re Interest of A.K. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Politics, Indian law, and the Constitution.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Student sues school after being turned away for wearing religious attire
  • NDN Collective offers millions to tribes, Indigenous nonprofits, artists and entrepreneurs
  • New research on COVID-19 infection rates in Indian Country
  • Tribes, North Dakota file final agreement in voter ID lawsuits
  • Nathan Tanner: Taking responsibility for the inequality facing the Navajo Nation
  • Chuck Hoskin: Helping Cherokee small businesses survive
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season
  • 'We are being born Indian and dying white'
  • Judge halts distribution of relief funding to Alaska Native corporations
  • Water is life: It's time
  • Donovan White: Standing up for Native Americans and Native American jobs


April 23, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/23

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 4/20/20:
Neff v. United States (RICO Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc v. United States (Trust Relationship; Arizona-Florida Land Exchange Act)
Adams v. Elfo (Indian Civil Rights Act)
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes v. Lake County Board of Commissioners (Trespassing; Sovereign Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Tom v. Baker (Tribal Jurisdiction)
In re Austin J. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • H.R.6535 - To deem an urban Indian organization and employees thereof to be a part of the Public Health Service for the purposes of certain claims for personal injury, 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/2020.html
  • Aloha 'Aina: Native Hawaiian land restitution.
  • Going "all in" after Murphy v. NCAA: An approach for California to legalize sports gambling.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
  • NCAI statement on the release of sensitive tribal data
  • Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
  • Mashpee Wampanoag termination: Time to expose federal Indian law
  • Gaming compacts: 'Legally flawed and sow more division than unity'
  • Navajo Nation extends virus restrictions till mid-May
  • Book review: The people who profited off the Trail of Tears
  • Lloyd Omdahl: Coronavirus exposes price of bigotry
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline: Sexual violence in Indian Country
  • As Native peoples self-isolate, outsiders are still demanding in
  • How Native Americans made basketball their own




April 16, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/16

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
  • Penobscot Nation v. Frey (Treaty Rights)
  • United States v. Cline (Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe v. County of Mille Lacs (Reservation Boundaries)
  • Hudson v. Zinke (Tribal Elections; Trust Relationship)
  • Mecautea v. State of Oregon (Tribal Court Jurisdiction)


State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
In Re the Petition of M.G. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2020.html
Donius and Rincon Mushroom Corporation, Inc v. Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians (Tribal Jurisdiction)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Compensatory mitigation and public lands.
  • American Indians and the right to vote: Why the courts are not enough.
  • Silent intent? Analyzing the congressional intent required to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • NCAI and NARF joint statement on recent census announcement and call for Congress to extend census operations
  • How the U of Minnesota, Twin Cities doubled its retention of Native American students
  • Urban Indians are largely invisible from COVID-19 reporting
  • Federal court vacates Keystone XL permit, orders remand to federal agency
  • Mashpee tribal members recount long history of fighting for land
  • Op-Ed: Two women fighting to prevent COVID-19 from destroying rural Alaska
  • SCOTUS will hear McGirt argument remotely in May -- No date set yet
  • UN expert mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples releases statement on COVID-19
  • Culture, resilience, and sustainability of the Salish people
  • Arne Vainio: Zoongide'iwin is the Ojibwe word for courage



April 8, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/8

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 4/2/20:
Buchwald Capital Advisors, LLC v. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Rule 46 Dismissal)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
  • State of Texas v. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Indian Gaming)
  • JW Gaming Development, LLC v. James (RICO Act)
  • Scott v. Paisley (Indian Civil Rights Act)
  • Bollenbach v. United States (Federal Tort Claims Act)
  • Western Refining Southwest, Inc. v. Department of the Interior (Trust Relationship)
  • State of California v. Bureau of Land Management v. Zinke (Mineral Leasing)
  • Fercho v. United States (Tribal Court Jurisdiction)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
H.R.6448 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income payments under the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program and certain amounts received under the Indian Health Professions Scholarships Program.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Announcement: New Indian Country Resource Page at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute website
  • Cultural lessons: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture makes Native-based curriculum available to download
  • 'We need clarification now': Indian gaming industry being shut out of coronavirus relief program
  • Map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Indian Health System
  • Members of Congress demand Senate address decision to nix tribe's reservation land
  • Arizona Army National Guard delivers food, supplies to Navajo Nation
  • Washington state tribes, allies mobilize to gather medical protection needed in coronavirus fight
  • Horizon Foundation's $4.8M gift launches OU Native Peoples Initiative
  • Letters: A nurse's perspective of COVID-19
  • The Alaska Native teacher upending the legacy of colonial education

April 1, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/1


We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 3/24/20:
Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, et al. v. Bureau of Indian Affairs, et al. (Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States (IHS; Treaty Rights)
  • Leachman v. United States (Indian Health Service)
  • Sturdevant v. Brott (Prison Litigation Reform Act)
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. US Army Corps of Engineers (Treaty Rights; Cultural Resources)
  • Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians v. David Bernhardt (Federal Recognition)
  • Cherokee Nation v. David Bernhardt (Land Into Trust)
  • Cayuga Nation v. Tanner (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Introduction: Indigenous peoples, sustainability and climate change.
  • Kānāwai: Using ancient Hawaiian law to prepare for the future.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • 'We're building faith': Social Distance Powwow brings Indian Country together despite coronavirus
  • Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
  • State of Washington bill to authorize tax compacting with tribes
  • Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis
  • Mashpee Wampanoag face double crisis: COVID-19 and feds
  • Why are some Native Americans fighting efforts to decriminalize peyote?
  • Interview: Fighting and winning with Louise Erdrich
  • Seminole Museum to Smithsonian: 'No more stolen ancestors'
  • 'Be good to each other' (and share a virtual coffee)


March 25, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/25

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petitions for certiorari were filed in three cases:
FMC Corporation v. Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribal Jurisdiction)
Neff v. United States (Sovereign Immunity)
Baley v. United States (Reserved Water Rights)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Wilhite v. Littlelight (Federal Torts Claim Act)
Gardner v. Long (Federal Trust Land)
McCarter v. Lake (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act)
Snoqualmie Indian Tribe v. State of Washington (Treaty Rights)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Peidlow v. Williams (Indian Child Welfare Act)
Bear v. Mid-Central Educational Cooperative (Indian Education)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.3511 - Supplemental Services for Native Elders Act
  • H.R. 6352 - To ensure that facilities of the Indian Health Service, facilities operated by an Indian tribe, tribal organization, or inter-tribal consortium, and facilities operated by an urban Indian organization receive items from the strategic national stockpile and qualified pandemic or epidemic products directly from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Not yet America's best idea: Law, inequality, and Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Decolonization: Treaties, resource use, and environmental conservation.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Urban couple helps community amid coronavirus crisis
  • Congress sends $40 million worth of help...minus a mechanism to distribute to tribes
  • First Native American super PAC's leader has Utah roots
  • Blackfeet Community College awarded funding for missing persons database
  • 'Native artists are resilient. We'll get through this'
  • Navajo student comes home to Navajo Nation after school at Duke and DC
  • Surviving the coronavirus crisis: Diné perspectives
  • What are the Trump administration's new plans for Utah monuments?
  • Bored? This Indigenous list is for you

March 19, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/19

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Jackson v. United States (Fee to Trust)
Bowman v. New York State Housing and Community Renewal (Title VII; Discrimination)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
In the Matter of K.G. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • H.R. 6237 - To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to clarify the requirement of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to reimburse the Indian Health Servie for certain health care services.
  • H.R. 6261 - To provide for coverage of testing for COVID-19 at no cost sharing for Indians receiving health services through Indian Health Service, 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/2020.html
  • How the New Deal became a raw deal for Indian nations: Justice Stanley Reed and the Tee-Hit-Ton decision on Indian title.
  • Keeping cultural bias out of the courtroom: How ICWA "qualified expert witnesses" make a difference.
  • United States v. Bryant: The results of upholding women's rights and tribal sovereignty.
  • What are the odds? The potential for tribal control of sports gambling after Murphy v. NCAA.
  • Thickening the thin blue line in Indian country: Affirming tribal authority to arrest non-Indians.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Dakota Access Pipeline case to be argued today in D.C.
  • Indian Health Service can give COVID-19 tests, $40M allocated to tribes
  • Tribes, voting rights groups challenge Montana ballot drop off law
  • 'Indigenous Matriarchs Rising' celebrates Women's History Month
  • Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics
  • Opponents of proposed copper mine speak out about threat to Oak Flat
  • 'We're going to practice our sovereign rights': Oglala Sioux Tribe enters new era with cannabis vote
  • COVID-19 resources for Indian tribes
  • Reunification for healing: First of its kind

March 4, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/4

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 2/21/20, and denied in another on 3/2/20:
Noem v. Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
Watso v. Harpstead (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
  • Littlefield v. Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
  • Berry v. Baca (Public Law 280)
  • Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, and Others v. Stitt and the State of Oklahoma (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
  • United States v. Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington (Sovereign Immunity)
State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
  • In the Interest of Y.J. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • State of North Carolina v. Nobles (Criminal Jurisdiction; North Carolina Racial Justice Act)
  • Addy S. v. State of Alaska (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • The People of Colorado in the Interest of K.R. and S.R., and Concerning T.K.D. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • H.Res.842 - Recognizing the vital importance of Native American participation in the 2020 decennial census of population.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • ICWA international: The benefits and dangers of enacting ICWA-type legislation in non-US jurisdictions.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announces tribal consultations and listening sessions
  • Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
  • Three national Native American organizations partner for historic census initiative
  • Sinema introduces bipartisan bill improving infrastructure in tribal communities
  • As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future
  • Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues
  • New Ogichidaa "Warrior" storytellers video series and lesson plans available
  • Tribal citizens in Michigan's governance and policy making
  • 'It's obviously a really exciting thing': How Native American art has become a sleeper sensation in museums and the art market alike

February 26, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins updated 2/26

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Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Kehano v. Harrington (Prisoner Civil Rights)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Hwal'Bay Ba J Enterpises v. Jantzen (Sovereign Immunity)
Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority v. Clark County Sheriff's Office (Indian Gaming)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2020.html
Picard v. Colville Confederated Tribes (Indian Civil Rights Act; Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
  • S.3324 - A bill to permit the Miami Nation of Indiana to apply for acknowledgement as a federally recognized Indian tribe, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5854 - Native Act to Transform Imagery in Various Environments
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Tribal rights: The 1872 mining law's past and future.
  • Tribal recognition, consultation, and lessons from the first climate relocation.
  • Serving two tribes.
  • Realizing the right to be cold? Framing processes and outcomes associated with the Inuit petition on human rights and global warming.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • How Alaska Natives rescued the Anchorage economy
  • Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota
  • How a white evangelical family could dismantle adoption protections for Native children
  • Supreme Court schedules hearing in lone Indian Country case
  • Closing Seattle's National Archives is a 'paper genocide' for some Natives
  • California Valley Miwok Tribe's sovereignty and relations with the United States damaged by Senator's intervention for over a decade
  • Modern day treaty could help make Alaska a model for state-tribal child welfare partnership
  • 'We've got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis
  • Statement from the Lakota People's Law Project as North Dakota Public Service Commission approves expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline

February 19, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins updated 2/19

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
United States v. Two Bulls (Property Law)
Spirit Lake Tribe v. Jaeger (Voting Rights)
Gilbert v. Weahkee (Indian Health Service; Treaty Rights)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2020.html
Wilson v. Cherokee Nation Election Commission (Election Codes)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
S.Res.499 - A resolution acknowledging the reprehensible policy of the United States regarding the forced relocation of the Potawatomi people from their homeland east of the Mississippi River to Kansas and Oklahoma and the devastating hardships the Potawatomi people endured during the march west, known as the "Potawatomi Trail of Death".

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html
  • Indian allottee water rights: A case study of allotments on the former Malheur Indian Reservation.
  • For the children: Indian status is a political classification.
  • Returning the Yurok forest to the Yurok Tribe: California's first tribal carbon credit project.
  • Delimit, demarcate, and title: Sovereignty and property rights of Native peoples in the Americas.
News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • House bill, called 'watershed legislation,' would give tribes recognition in Alaska
  • As the 2020 elections loom, the House hears testimony about Native voting rights
  • Taking advice on climate change from our Native neighbors
  • The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
  • Amid a crime wave on Yakama Reservation, confusion over a checkerboard of jurisdictions
  • Arizona House bill aims to protect Native American regalia at graduation
  • 'Frustrated': Tribes finally get hearing with National Archives about Sand Point facility closure
  • NCAI president: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from 'every corner'
  • 'What's old is new again': Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain

February 12, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/12

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petitions for certiorari were filed in two cases on 1/30/20 and 2/3/20:
James v. JW Gaming Development (Sovereign Immunity)
Native Wholesale Supply Company v. California, ex rel. Xavier Becerra (Sovereign Immunity)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html
Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. FERC (National Historic Preservation Act; Cultural Resources)
United States v. Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington (Sovereign Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Herpel v. County of Riverside (Tax Regulation)
In Regard to the Guardianship of Eliza W. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html
H.R.5850 - To expedite and streamline the deployment of affordable broadband service on Tribal land, and for other purposes

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin 
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.htmlMoving forward from the scoop era: Providing active efforts under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Illinois.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:
  • Court focuses on Native idea of family
  • Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Ute Indian Tribe's exclusive right to control its lands
  • Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment
  • Sacred Native American burial sites are being blown up for Trump's border wall, lawmaker says
  • South Dakota bars IDs and 'disenfranchises' tribal citizens
  • Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case
  • South Dakota approves $100 million solar project on Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Native American Jewish Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis tells us how she made history
  • Ballot harvesting or a voting assist?