August 31, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 8/31

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

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Two petitions for certiorari were filed on 8/21/21:

  • Oklahoma v. Mize (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Oklahoma v. Williams (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
One petition for certiorari was filed on 8/23/21:
  • Grand River Enterprises Six Nations v. Boughton (Taxation; Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Complementary Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States (Treaty Rights; Health Care)
  • Pasqua Yaqui Tribe v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (Clean Water Act; Navigable Waters Protection Rule)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In the Matter of A.L. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • H.R.5098 - To amend the Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act of 2012 to remove the restriction on class II gaming on certain land in California.
  • H.R.5119 - To amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments.

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

  • An 'unfulfilled, hollow promise': Lyng, Navajo Nation, and the substantial burden on Native American religious practice.
  • The Oglala Lakota and the right to health: The forgotten Americans.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Appeals court rules 'government must do better' on Rosebud health care
  • Muscogee Nation: Tribal sovereignty is not a threat to Oklahoma
  • End the filibuster to protect Indian voting rights
  • Non-profits, tribes, and other rural-serving groups can now apply for federal Emergency Rural Health Care Funds
  • Tohono O'odham Nation awarded $200,000 for Environmental Justice Projects under the American Rescue Plan
  • Tribally-chartered Comanche Academy set to open, uniquely expanding tribal education sovereignty
  • New bill would ban Native American mascots in N.H. schools
  • Montclair art exhibit: 'How color changed Navajo textiles'
  • Art installations remind LA residents they’re on ‘TONGVALAND’