November 24, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 11/24/21

The Native American Rights Fund Boulder office is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney. Learn more about the vacancy at:

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Eagle Bear, Inc. and William Brooke v. The Blackfeet Indian Nation and The Blackfeet Tribal Court (Tribal Court Jurisdiction)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In the Matter of the Determination of the Rights to the Use of Surface Waters of the Yakima River Drainage Basin v. Acquavella (Water Rights)
  • In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: L.L.H. and C.A.M., Parents. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Acres v. Marston (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Indian Gaming; Tribal Courts)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.3242 - Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Shab-eh-nay Band Reservation Settlement Act of 2021.
  • S.3259 - A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to recognize Indian tribal governments for purposes of determining under the adoption credit whether a child has special needs.
  • S.3269 - A bill to provide for the recognition of certain Alaska Native communities and the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6063 - To provide for the equitable settlement of certain Indian land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Interior secretary seeks to rid U.S. of derogatory place names, including those to Native Americans
  • Broken US-Indigenous treaties: A timeline
  • Utah Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force hears about jurisdiction issues in first meeting
  • States fail to adequately address climate change: An Indigenous peoples' analysis of COP26 decisions
  • Read and watch Secretary Haaland's historic remarks on the power of Indigenous representation on the 52nd anniversary of the Alcatraz Island Occupation
  • Infrastructure bill amendment creates flexibility to serve urban Natives
  • Native American kindergarten student punished for having long hair
  • Four cultural centers that are opening up the conversation about Native American art and identity
  • Native American chefs share Thanksgiving recipes