August 25, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Update 8/25

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
A petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 6/1/21, and its rehearing was denied on 8/23/21:

  • Oxendine-Taylor v. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Civil Jurisdiction; Estates)
One petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 8/13/21:
  • Clay v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Per Capita Payments; Taxation)
Eight petitions for certiorari were filed on 8/16/21:
  • Oklahoma v. Brown (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Davis (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Hathcoat (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Howell (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Jackson (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Kepler (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Mitchell (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Starr (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Native Village of Nuiqsut v. Bureau of Land Management (Administrative Procedure Act; National Environmental Policy Act)
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. v. Dotomain (IHS Contracts; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act)
  • Mattwaoshshe v. United States (Wind Energy; National Environmental Policy Act; Endangered Species Act)
  • Larson v. United States (Federal Tort Claims Act; Tribal Trust Land)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In the Interest of T.H. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Aimee H. v. Department of Child Safety (Indian Child Welfare Act)

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

  • Scattered to the winds?: Strengthening the National Historic Preservation Act's tribal consultation mandate to protect Native American sacred sites in the renewable energy development era.
  • Domestic violence, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and Alaska Natives: How domestic violence is weaponized against Alaska Native survivors.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Oklahoma files more petitions seeking high court reversal of McGirt
  • ‘Coming full circle’: Native tapped to lead national parks
  • Pascua Yaqui settle lawsuit against removal of early voting site
  • President Nez welcomes U.S. Secretary of Energy Granholm to the Navajo Nation to discuss renewable energy
  • Indian Health Service awards $25 million for 14 tribal health facilities
  • Scanning the horizon: Opportunities for environmental justice and stewardship in Indian Country
  • The effort to save Upper Klamath Lake’s endangered fish before they disappear
  • Season 2 of 'This Land' uncovers rightwing efforts to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Monument honoring tribes to be placed where Junipero Serra statue was toppled last summer