September 16, 2020

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 9/16

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

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Southcentral Foundation v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Declaratory Relief; Tribal Health Organizations)
  • United States v. Begay (Federal Sentencing Disparities)
  • Hackford v. State of Utah (Jurisdiction)
  • Ak-Chin Community v. Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District (Water Rights)
  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe v. Azar (IHS; Trust Relationship)
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation v. Bernhardt (Federal Trust Breach; Reservation Boundaries)
  • The Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)

U.S. Legislation - 116th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2558 - Nursing Home Care for Native American Veterans Act
  • S.4556 - A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service, to acquire private land to facilitate access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, California, and for other purposes.
  • S.4562 - A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the collection and availability of health data with respect to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.8216 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)

  • Indigenous nuclear injuries and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA): Reframing compensation toward Indigenous-led environmental reparations.
  • Are Indian tribes really "domestic dependent nations?": The fight for sovereign immunity in Wilkes v. PCI Gaming Authority.
  • Federal approval of oil pipelines and Indigenous consultation in the United States after Standing Rock and Keystone XL: Lessons from Canada on the limits of industry-Indigenous consultation.
  • The scope of tribal immunity in real property disputes.
  • The Cherokee Nation, John Marshall, and the stadial theory of development.
  • Sense and census building: Capturing tribal realities in the U.S. Census.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska releases Inuit-led report: Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance — Inuit Role in Arctic Marine Resource Management
  • Senate Democrats call on FCC chairman to expeditiously address the digital divide in Indian Country
  • Native American Youth and Family Center, Community Development Partners, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians break ground on new affordable housing in Portland, Oregon's Cully neighborhood
  • More Choctaws Have Died of COVID Than Those Who Died of the Disease in Hawaii. Or Alaska. Or Wyoming.
  • Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission responds to United Nations Special Rapporteur’s Report
  • Tribal perspectives key to Rio Grande study
  • O'odham water & land defenders arrested halting border wall
  • Tribal nations face continued voter suppression
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline receives grant to address surge in domestic violence
  • Wyoming tribe's chair says tribal members were turned away from ER at pandemic's start
  • Arts Scene: Tulsa museums to host major shows featuring Indigenous women artists