April 9, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/9

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition for certiorari is pending in one case:

  • Perkins v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Taxation; Treaty Obligations)
Petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 4/5/21:
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Yakima County (Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • The Cherokee Nation v. Department of the Interior (Trust Relationship; Fiduciary Duty)
  • Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers)
  • Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians v. Newsom (IGRA)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Grayson v. State of Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction; Reservation Boundary)
  • Spears v. State of Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction; Reservation Boundary)
  • Sizemore v. State of Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction; Reservation Boundary)

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issues en banc decision in Brackeen v. Haaland — formerly Brackeen v. Bernhardt
  • Seven Generation Thinking: Indigenous traditions in North America emphasize resilience; engineered timber is helping realize those principles
  • Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Air National Guard break ground on housing addition for Cherokee veterans in Tahlequah
  • Space Force swears in first Indigenous female intelligence officer
  • Transportation commissioner questions why a tribal-state road project is stalled
  • Land seizures, 'unethical' research: University of Minnesota confronts troubled history with tribal nations
  • Mississippi returns hundreds of Native Americans' remains to Chickasaw Nation
  • Justice Department working with tribes on missing persons
  • The 'slow-motion genocide' of the Chinook Indian Nation