December 15, 2021

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 12/15/21

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Boulder or Washington D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at:

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin

  • Two petitions for certiorari were filed last week on 12/3/21:
    • United States v. Frey (Penobscot Indian Reservation; Penobscot River; Fishing and Hunting Rights)
    • Penobscot Nation v. Frey (Maine Indian Settlement Acts; Water and Land Rights; Penobscot River)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • United States v. Benally (Criminal Conviction in Indian Country)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In re Michelle C. (Indian Child Welfare Act; Parental Rights)
  • Sipp v. Buffalo Thunder, Inc. (Indian Gaming; Gaming Compacts; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.3337 - A bill to protect Native children and promote public safety in Indian country.
  • S.3381 - A bill to require the Bureau of Indian Affairs to process and complete all mortgage packages associated with residential and business mortgages on Indian land by certain deadlines, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res.846 - Recognizing the maternal health crisis among Indigenous women in the United States, which includes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women, recognizing the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among Indigenous women, and calling for urgent Federal funding changes to ensure comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally competent maternal health and family planning services are available.
  • H.R.6181 - To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6238 - To amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to increase Tribal access to water conservation and efficiency grants, and for other purposes.

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

  • The (potential) legal history of Indian gaming.
  • The Absentee Shawnees and the true story of Lake Thunderbird.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • National Tribal Trial College open admission: free six-month legal advocacy certificate
  • Five tribes issue statement on Governor Stitt canceling hunting and fishing compacts
  • Returning farmland to Yakama Nation is a step toward self-sufficiency tribes once had
  • The Bears Ears shuffle
  • Tribes weigh in as New Mexico redistricting bills advance
  • Native New York: Dispelling the myth of the sale of Manhattan & more
  • Meet Oneida 'Bingo Queens' Sandra Brehmer and Alma Webster, who started tribal gaming in Wisconsin 45 years ago
  • BIA launches new missing and murdered Indigenous person's website dedicated to solving cases
  • New opportunities and threats to Native American voting power discussed with Navajo Nation Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr.
  • Decolonize your media this holiday season with these podcasts, TV shows, and books