July 21, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 7/21

The Native American Rights Fund Boulder office is hiring for the open positions of water rights attorney and paralegal. 

NARF also invites current law clerks and recent law school graduates with a strong background in federal Indian law and public service to apply for a two-year fellowship to focus on voting rights and environmental issues. Blaustein Fellowship deadline is August 13, 2021. 

Learn more about the vacancies at https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

Federal Courts Bulletin
Spirit Lake Tribe v. Jaeger (Attorney Fees; Voting Rights)
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Health Insurance; Medicare-Like Rates; Employee Welfare)

State Courts Bulletin
Matter of White v. Tax Appeals Tribunal (Indian Taxation)
Ronald H. v. Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children's Services (Indian Child Welfare Act)
The People of the State of South Dakota in the Interest of C.H. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2369 - A bill to provide access to reliable, clean, and drinkable water on Tribal lands, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.4478 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain payments made by Indian tribal governments as earned income for purposes of the kiddie tax.
  • H.R.4504 - To establish a biochar demonstration project for federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native corporations to support the development and commercialization of biochar.

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

  • Legal barriers to tribal jurisdiction over violence against women in Maine: Developments and paths forward.
  • How federal Indian law prevents business development in Indian Country.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • North Dakota must pay attorney fees, expenses in tribal voter ID lawsuits
  • Wildfires threaten Indigenous lands in desiccated Northwest: ‘It’s hard to watch the devastation’
  • Yurok Tribe opposes sweetheart settlement for Sackler family, Purdue Pharma
  • Maine mining project CEO's comments about Indigenous rights stir controversy
  • Yurok Tribal Court, Sovereign Bodies Institute release progress report on MMIWG2 project
  • Native activists begin cross-country tour to highlight at-risk sacred sites
  • Sovereignty, STEM, and the future
  • Native in the arts spotlight: Visual artist Andrea Carlson talks about her Chicago "You are on Potawatomi Land" mural
  • Lakota youth return home after more than a century away at Indian boarding school