June 2, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/2

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
One case was decided this week on 6/1/21:

  • United States v. Cooley (Indian Civil Rights Act; Tribal Police; Exclusionary Rule)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians v. Department of the Interior (Trust Responsibilities; IGRA)
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. United States (Bureau of Indian Affairs; 638 Contract)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Makah Indian Tribe v. Commissioner of Public Lands (Treaty Rights)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.1868 - A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require that equitable distribution of assistance include equitable distribution to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, to increase amounts reserved for allotment to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations under certain circumstances, and to reserve amounts for migrant programs under certain circumstances, and to provide for a Government Accountability Office report on child abuse and neglect in American Indian Tribal communities.
  • S.1880/S.1897 - A bill to direct the Federal Trade Commission to submit to Congress a report on unfair or deceptive acts or practices targeted at Indian Tribes or members of Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
  • S.1895 - 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.
  • S.1901 - A bill to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
  • S.1911 - A bill to provide for the settlement of the water rights claims of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, and for other purposes.
  • S.1951 - A bill to make additional Federal public land available for selection under the Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans land allotment program, and for other purposes.
  • S.1957 - A bill to establish digital services in State, county, local, and Tribal governments, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.3587 - To prescribe procedures for effective consultation and coordination by Federal agencies with federally recognized Tribal Governments regarding Federal Government actions that impact Tribal lands and interests to ensure that meaningful Tribal input is an integral part of the Federal decision-making process.
  • H.R.3649 - To extend Federal recognition to the Mono Lake Kutzadikaa Tribe, and for other purposes.

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

  • Cultural competency and the law: Productive justice for American Indians.
  • Mitigating disparities in access to healthcare among Native American communities through telehealth.
  • The reasonable Indigenous youth standard.
  • Indiana's Indian laws: Indigenous erasure and racism in the land of the Indians.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Court unanimously holds that Indian tribes retain the inherent power to police non-Indians
  • President's 2022 budget includes increases in funding for Indian Country, including a 36% increase for Indian Health Service
  • Choctaw Nation taking first steps to grant citizenship to Freedmen
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe nearly halts spread of coronavirus
  • Treaties offer new aid in environmental fights
  • Vaccine information available in Native languages
  • Chair Grijalva introduces RESPECT Act to establish and require government-to-government consultation between federal agencies, tribal leaders
  • The Karuk used fire to manage the forest for centuries. Now they want to do that again
  • Freedmen's effect on Black Wall Street
  • DinĂ© historian strengthens history of traditional matriarchal leadership