August 11, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 8/11

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

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Snoqualmie Indian Tribe v. Washington (Treaty Rights - Hunting)
  • Carney v. State of Washington (Private Property; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Sisto v. United States (Federal Tort Claims Act; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Lavallie v. Jay (Jurisdiction; Personal Injury)

Tribal Courts Bulletin

  • Comingdeer v. Cherokee Nation Election Commission (Tribal Elections; Tribal Law)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2702 - A bill to protect the voting rights of Native American and Alaska Native voters.
  • S.2705/H.R.4995 - A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish Tribal Wildlife Corridors, and for other purposes.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • 'A national disgrace': Years after promised reforms, people keep dying at federal tribal jails
  • Colville Tribes sue U.S. government, seeking damages for failure to manage forests that burned in massive 2015 wildfires
  • Indigenous-led tech solutions for a better planet
  • National Science Foundation awards $10M to alliance of Native American institutions, UC Berkeley, and UArizona to increase Indigenous participation in higher ed
  • Morongo authorized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement Federal Clean Air Act
  • Greenville Rancheria health and tribal offices destroyed by Dixie Fire
  • Indigenous communities are still fighting for the return of their ancestors
  • NDN Collective sends memo re: Link between Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives, climate crisis to Biden administration
  • Is travel next in the fight over who profits from Native American culture?