March 18, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/18

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Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Doucette v. DOI (Tribal Elections; Jurisdiction)
  • Weaver v. Gregory (Waiver of Sovereign Immunity; Tribal Law; Jurisdiction)
  • Navajo Health Foundation - Sage Memorial Hospital, Inc. v. Razaghi Development Company, LLC (RICO; Fraud)
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation v. Poarch Band of Creek Indians (Cultural Resources; Sovereign Immunity; NAGPRA)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In the Matter of D.D. (ICWA)
  • Bosse v. State of Oklahoma (Reservation Boundaries; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Hogner v. State of Oklahoma (Reservation Boundaries; Criminal Jurisdiction)

Tribal Courts Bulletin

  • Buckles v. Buckles (Adoption; Alimony)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • H.R.1762 - Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act
  • H.R.1811 - To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize additional funding for planning, design, construction, modernization, and renovation of hospitals and outpatient health care facilities.
  • H.R.1859 - To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to award grants to States, territories, political subdivisions of States and territories, Tribal governments, and consortia of Tribal governments to establish an unarmed 911 response program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1888 - To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require a Federal medical assistance percentage of 100 percent for Indian health care providers, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1939 - 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.
  • H.R.1942 - To extend Federal recognition to the Waccamaw Indian People of Conway, South Carolina, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.1943 - To extend Federal recognition to the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of McColl, South Carolina.

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

  • Unlocking the ballot: The past, present, and future of Alaska Native voting rights.
  • The subdelegation doctrine as a legal tool for establishing tribal comanagement of public lands: Through the lens of Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Disparate defense in tribal courts: The unequal rights to counsel as a barrier to expansion of tribal court criminal jurisdiction
  • A great nation keeping its word: The role of tribal treaty rights in climate change litigation.
  • The missing Indian Affairs Clause.
  • "I am the river, the river is me": How environmental personhood can protect tribal food systems.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • NARF Staff Attorney Vacancy: Anchorage, AK
  • All three GOP members of Congress who are Native Americans voted no on $31.2 billion that is going to Indian Country
  • Why Deb Haaland's confirmation as interior secretary is so important to Indigenous communities
  • Indigenizing philanthropy: Indigenous led funds
  • 'Nothing has changed.' How state agencies ignored tribal pleas to protect Oceano Dunes
  • Retiring federal Judge Viken says his replacement needs to understand Lakota history
  • The Navajo Nation took a hard stance against COVID-19, experts say it worked
  • Native American nonprofit accuses Harvard of violating federal Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • After years of advocacy, Native American/Indigenous Studies minor takes root at Scripps
  • Countering the fetishization of Indigenous art