July 1, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/1

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
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

  • 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
Lavallie v. Jay (Jurisdiction; Personal Injury)
Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership (Attorney Fees)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin

  • 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)

  • 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
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 DinĂ© 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