June 29, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/29/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
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  • One case was decided this week on 6/29/22:
    • Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta (Criminal Jurisdiction; McGirt v. Oklahoma)
  • One petition was denied this week on 6/27/22:
    • Alexander v. Gwitchyaa Zhee Corp. (ANCSA; Fifth Amendment)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Apache Stronghold v. United States (Cultural Resources; Sacred Sites; Chi'chil Biłdagoteel)
  • United States v. State of Alaska (Subsistence Rights; Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In the Interest of T.W. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • In re Wardia (Indian Child Welfare Act; Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.4439 - A bill to take certain Federal land located in Siskiyou County, California, and Humboldt County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Karuk Tribe, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Empty graves and full museums: The need to include non-federally recognized tribes in NAGPRA claims.
  • Tribes, firearm regulation, and the public square.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Supreme Court limits historic McGirt ruling
  • Federal appeals court greenlights destruction of sacred Native land
  • University of Arizona to provide tuition-free education for Native American undergraduates in Arizona
  • NJ Superfund lawsuit offers tribal land a path from contamination to cultural restoration
  • Women of Indian Country respond to the overturning of Roe v. Wade
  • Oregon tribe, state leaders enter historic agreement
  • Appeal filed in BIA road washout lawsuit
  • Biden administration backs Indian boarding school bill
  • Native American Development Center weighs creating new business incubator
  • Harvard returns Standing Bear's tomahawk
  • University of Alaska Southeast to offer free Alaska Native language courses
  • Cherokee Nation investing in public art projects

June 22, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/22/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
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  • Two cases were denied this week on 6/21/22:
    • Acres Bonusing, Inc. v. Marston (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
    • Adams v. Dodge (Tribal Courts; Tribal Court Exhaustion Doctrine)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In re Interest of Lamiah L. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.4412 - A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to provide safety measures to social workers, health workers, and human services professionals performing services placing such individuals in high-risk and potentially dangerous situations, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.8068 - Tribal Energy Investment Act of 2022
  • S.4421/H.R.8108 - Advancing Tribal Parity on Public Land Act
  • S.4423/H.R.8109 - Tribal Cultural Areas Protection Act
  • S.4424/H.R.8115 - To amend the Recreation and Public Purposes Act to authorize sales and leases of certain Federal land to federally recognized Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • "We hold the government to its word": How McGirt v. Oklahoma revives aboriginal title.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and five tribes of the Bears Ears Commission commit to historic co-management of Bears Ears National Monument
  • ‘Historic appointment’: Tribal leader named Treasurer of the United States
  • In New Jersey, Ford faces lawsuit over polluting tribal land
  • Navajo Nation reaches $31M settlement for Gold King Mine spill
  • Nooni Project aims to reclaim breastfeeding among tribes
  • Committee approves bill to allow Maine tribes to benefit from future federal laws and benefits
  • For some tribe members in Nevada, hurdles to voting remain
  • Indian Affairs makes significant investment to protect and preserve Native languages
  • Native couple still championing LGBTQ rights

June 15, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/15/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
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  • Two cases were decided this week on 6/13/22 and 6/15/22, respectively:
    • Denezpi v. United States (Tribal Courts; Double Jeopardy)
    • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Grondal v. United States (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Trust Relationship; Allotment)
  • Navajo Agricultural Products Industry v. United States (Trust Relationship; Federal Tort Claims Act)
  • Hyman v. Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe of Connecticut (Custodial Rights; Jurisdiction)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Mona J. v. Department of Health & Social Services (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Interest of A.C. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Walsh v. State of Minnesota (Tort Claims Act; Reservation Boundaries)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Strangers in their own land: A survey of the status of the Alaska Native people from the Russian occupation through the turn of the twentieth century.
  • ANCSA corporation proxy wars.
  • It takes a village: Repurposing takings doctrine to address melting permafrost in Alaska Native towns.
  • Getting smart about tribal commercial law: How smart contracts can transform tribal economies.
  • Legal obstacles in the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States.
  • Lessons from McGirt v. Oklahoma's habeas aftermath.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • SCOTUS rules in favor of tribal gaming in Yselta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas
  • SCOTUS affirms in Denezpi v. United States
  • Historic agreement gives Cherokee Nation self-governance over transportation projects
  • Interior Department launches Indian Youth Service Program
  • Closure of veteran clinics across New Mexico opposed by Navajo Nation leaders
  • U.S. Bank continues to wage financial genocide against Native American tribe
  • What does it mean to Indigenize the USDA Forest Service?
  • Land acquisition near Mt. Taylor brings sacred sites out of private ownership, preserves habitat
  • Movement to remove war criminal's name in Yellowstone National Park began in a Northern Cheyenne home
  • Ojibwe educator, Illinois Native organization granted $50,000 to further social justice work
  • New grant program aims to improve access to higher education for Oregon tribal members
  • Montana American Indian Caucus: It's time to bring Big Medicine home
  • 'A big deal': Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians subsidiary secures BIA loan guarantee for hemp facility
  • Sacred in the city: Indigenous site in St. Paul prepared to welcome, educate public
  • National Native American Hall of Fame announces the 2022 class of inductees

June 8, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/8/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
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  • McKinsey & Company, Inc. v. Boyd (Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers; Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Health Care)
  • Kiowa Tribe v. Department of the Interior (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; Indian Gaming)
  • Yazzie v. Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act of 1974)
  • Cayuga Nation v. Parker (Tribal Exhaustion)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • People in Interest of M.M. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2022.html

  • Combs Memorial Property v. Red Boy Sr. (Evictions)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
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  • H.R.7937 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, to establish a program to facilitate coal mine reclamation and award grants to certain States and Indian Tribes to carry out coal mine reclamation, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
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  • Act 31 and perpetuating practices of Hawaiʻi Nā Pua o Haumea: How Hawai'i's midwifery licensure law adversely impacts traditional Native Hawaiian birthing practices.
  • Environmental justice in the United Nations human rights system: Challenges and opportunities for the protection of Indigenous women’s rights against environmental violence.
  • Trailblazing and living a purposeful life in the law: A Dakota woman's reflections as a law professor.
  • Restoring Oklahoma: Justice and rule of law post-McGirt.
  • Digital economic zones: A program for comprehensive tribal economic sovereignty.
  • Lessons learned, lessons forgotten: A tribal practitioner's reading of McGirt and thoughts on the road ahead.
  • Fanon, colonial violence, and racist language in federal American Indian law.
  • Persisting sovereignties.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Navajo Nation leaders finalize Navajo Utah Water Settlement Act
  • Subpoena authority could jeopardize boarding school truth and healing commission
  • Connecticut codifies child welfare protections for Native American families in state law
  • State will pay cost of college for Oregon tribal members going to school in-state
  • Leonard Peltier shares his Indian boarding school story
  • The Indian Country abortion safe harbor fallacy
  • Bois Forte Band gets 28,000 acres of land back in northern Minnesota
  • Why the Muscogee (Creek) Nation gets a say on the Okefenokee mine proposal
  • Native students exercise right to wear regalia at graduation
  • Indigenous prisoner religious rights organization celebrates 10 years
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes LGBTQ+ health during Pride Month

June 1, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 6/1/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Brown v. Haaland (Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act)
  • Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Inc. v. Becerra (Health Care; Trust Relationship; Indian Health Service)
  • Walen v. Burgum, and The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (Voting Rights - Redistricting)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In the Interest of A.H. and B.H., Children. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.4323 - A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to establish an urban Indian organization confer policy for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Belated justice: The failures and promise of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.
  • Learning from Hobby Lobby's misdeeds: Crafting new international due diligence standards for human rights and cultural heritage.
  • Missing and murdered: Finding a solution to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada and classifying it as a 'Canadian genocide.'
  • The mess that has become Indian gaming in Oklahoma.
  • A case for deference in American Indian health law.
  • Meeting the McGirt moment: The Five Tribes, sovereignty & criminal jurisdiction in Oklahoma's new Indian Country.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • South Dakota ruled noncompliant with federal voter law
  • Some Tununak residents have been living without internet for over 3 months
  • New ‘roadmap’ helps tribes access historic levels of infrastructure funding
  • Havasupai Tribe sends letter of opposition to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; reiterates opposition to Pinyon Plain Mine aquifer protection permit
  • Cherokee Nation takes steps to protect tribal elections from outside influence, dark money
  • Why are there so few Native federal judges?
  • Nonprofit receives grant to teach Lakota language in NYC, despite Standing Rock ban
  • Bridging the Indigenous digital divide
  • Combining old and new: Aquaponics opens the door to Indigenous food security
  • ‘You go all in’: Diné composer from Chinle wins Pulitzer for music
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History returns artifacts to Chumash tribe

May 25, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/25/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
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  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. CashCall, Inc. (Payday Lending; Consumer Financial Protection Act)
  • Unite Here Local 30 v. Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation (Tribal Labor Relations; Class III Gaming Compact)
  • Shoshone Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation v. United States (Quiet Title Act)
  • Mestek v. Lac Court Oreilles Community Health Center (False Claims Act; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Barnett (Voting Rights - Registration; National Voter Registration Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • State of Montana v. Wellknown (Jury Preemptory Strike; Implicit Bias)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.4269/H.R.7850 - A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to award grants to State, local, and Tribal governments to purchase and distribute anti-blood loss supplies for use in a medical emergency, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
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  • Tribal consultation: Toward meaningful collaboration with the federal government.
  • Back to basics: The Supreme Court's return to fundamental principles of federal Indian law in McGirt v. Oklahoma ahead of equal protection challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
  • For Freedmen's sake: The story of Native Blacks of the Muscogee Nation and their fight for citizenship post-McGirt.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Lower Brule sues Lyman County for voter redistricting
  • Return of the buffalo
  • Diné woman confirmed as first Native federal judge in California
  • Class-action lawsuit says state is failing Alaska foster kids
  • Tribal members use totem poles to raise alarm on salmon extinction
  • ‘Our way of healing’: Azee’ Bee Nahagha working to protect peyote from state decriminalization
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline publishes state reports on intimate partner violence impacting Native Americans and Alaska Natives
  • Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
  • Ute Indian Tribe successful in leading national effort to rescind U.S. historical position on tribal water law
  • ‘We are still here’: Tribes reclaiming out-of-state ancestral homelands
  • How voter suppression laws target Native Americans
  • Representation matters: Tlingit woman joins NBC News as contributor on Native issues
  • Tribes, environmental groups demand better management of the Bay-Delta
  • Ktunaxa Nation outraged about lack of government action on cross-border water pollution
  • Law school to pay bulk of its in-state Native American students’ tuition

May 18, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/18/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
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  • One petition for certiorari was denied this week on 5/6/22:
    • Albrecht v. Riverside County (Indian Reorganization Act; Taxation; Land Leases)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Stanko v. Oglala Sioux Tribe (Tribal Police; Law Enforcement Jurisdiction)
  • Yurok Tribe v. US Bureau of Reclamation (Sovereign Immunity; Administrative Procedure Act)
  • Nygaard v. Taylor (Tribal Courts; Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act)
  • Weiss v. Perez (Cultural Resources; Native American Graves Protection Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Matter of Welfare of Children A.J.J. ( Indian Child Welfare Act; Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act)
  • In re M. Henry (Indian Child Welfare Act; Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.4196 - A bill to amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to restore an opportunity for Tribal economic development on terms that are equal and fair, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
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  • Where the NHPA and NEPA meet: Failures of the nexus of EIS and Section 106 analyses.
  • The law and economics of crime in Indian Country.
  • Supporting Native American communities during the coronavirus pandemic: Checkpoints, tribal sovereignty, and the implications of McGirt v. Oklahoma.
  • Storytelling and truth-telling: Personal reflections on the Native American experience in law schools.
  • Celebrating the restoration of the national bison range to its rightful, tribal owners.
  • Ninth circuit muddies the waters of tribal sovereign immunity and the Clean Water Act in Deschutes River Alliance v. Portland GE.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • The never-ending maze: Continued failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA
  • Pueblos again seek inclusion in Rio Grande decision-making
  • Supreme Court turns down Indian Country taxation case as high-profile session continues
  • Census undercount threatens federal food, health programs on reservations
  • 9th Circuit upholds 'landmark' ruling blocking Rosemont copper mine
  • The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
  • Native reproductive justice: Practices and policies from relinquishment to family preservation
  • Alaska Senate passes tribal recognition bill
  • ‘Metrics of economic well-being’ show Native Americans underserved
  • Data genocide, maternal mortality, and a return to tradition
  • North Carolina has never elected an Indigenous person to Congress
  • Huy urges United Nations to protect U.S. Indigenous prisoner religious freedoms
  • Chief Hoskin, Deputy Chief Warner announce $500 monthly transition stipend for Cherokee youth ‘aging out’ of foster system
  • Eight finalists for the 2022 Indigenous Screenwriters List announced

May 12, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/12/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
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  • In re Coughlin (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Cherokee Nation v. Haaland (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)
  • Meeks v. Tehama County (Indian Child Welfare Act; Jurisdiction)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
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  • Restatement as aadizookaan.
  • Indian sovereignty in context.
  • Right-of-way sovereignty.
  • Who, what, where, and how: The fundamental elements for contracts implicating tribal sovereign immunity.
  • Facilitating tribal co-management of federal public lands.
  • Five restatements: Charting the history of the law on state taxation of non-tribal members in Indian Country.
  • Opportunities for on-reservation sustainable development.
  • Protection and implementation of Indian reserved water rights as a necessary condition for tribal economic development.
  • Toward tribal health sovereignty.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • The Assistant Secretary releases Boarding School Report
  • The plan to ensure Indigenous peoples have a voice at the U.N.
  • Columbia River treaty fishing sites to get upgrades
  • GAO rebukes Native veteran home loan program in new scathing analysis
  • The legacy of uranium mining on Navajo lands
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to host Tribal Education Summit
  • Tribes’ spring fish harvest provides food, preserves culture
  • Indigenous women leaders say Line 5 reroute project would be cultural, environmental ‘genocide’
  • How a Lakota nurse uses trauma-informed care to help her community heal
  • Duwamish Tribe prepares to sue federal government to secure tribal sovereignty
  • ‘Tell it like it is’: First Diné woman running for Utah House seat
  • Seneca Nation puts City of Olean on notice for Clean Water Act violations
  • Tlingit and Haida partner with Native-owned company to develop new internet provider
  • Aspiring astronaut brings Indigenous people’s perspective to space science
  • UMaine leverages 3D printing to return cultural artifacts to Alaska tribe
  • Don't fear a red planet: The story of the world's only Native comic shop
  • Powerful visions of reclaimed narratives by Indigenous artists

May 4, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 5/4/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
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  • Allen v. Environmental Restoration, LLC (Clean Water Act; Gold King Mine Spill)
  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation v. McKee (Tribal Jurisdiction; Water Rights)
  • Brown v. Haaland (Evictions)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Trenton Indian Housing Authority v. Poitra (Jurisdiction; Evictions)
  • In re Skursky (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2022.html

  • Atkinson v. Wells Fargo Bank (Evictions)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
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  • S.Res.613 - A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2022, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
  • H.R.7577 - CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act
  • H.R.7632 - To provide access to reliable, clean, and drinkable water on Tribal lands, and for other purposes.
  • S.4104/H.R.7633 - Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2022

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
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  • Bezhigwan Ji-Izhi-Ganawaabandiyang: The rights of nature and its jurisdictional application for Anishinaabe territories.
  • Revitalizing tribal sovereignty in treatymaking.
  • Communities as caretakers: The Indian Child Welfare Act as an antiracist framework for all child welfare cases.
  • Foundations of tribal society: Art, dreams, and the Last Old Woman.
  • Editorializing ICWA: 40 years of colonial commentary.
  • Reframing Kānāwai: Towards a restorative justice framework for Indigenous peoples.
  • Lost in translation: A translation that set in motion the loss of Native American spiritual sites.

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Law gives Southwest Colorado’s American Indian tribes a voice at state Capitol
  • Why the debate over Russian uranium worries U.S. tribal nations
  • University of California announces Native American Opportunity Plan
  • Beyond “paper” water: The complexities of fully leveraging tribal water rights
  • EPA approves the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s water quality standards
  • Indigenous oyster fisheries persisted for millennia and should inform future management
  • 'Fresh Banana Leaves' spotlights Indigenous science for a warming planet
  • Health clinics serving Native Americans in cities grapple with limited funding, scarce resources
  • 6 Wisconsin tribes voice opposition to bill seeking to remove federal protections for wolves
  • Santa Clara Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Pueblo of Santa Ana tribal leaders meet with FEMA deputy administrator to discuss wildfires
  • Election season is in full swing on the Navajo Nation
  • Cherokee Nation ‘Anadisgoi Magazine,’ language perpetuation efforts receive highest honors in international contest

April 20, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/20/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
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  • Three petitions for certiorari were denied this week on 4/18/22:
    • Klickitat County v. Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (Treaty Rights; Reservation Boundaries)
    • Penobscot Nation v. Frey (Maine Indian Settlement Acts; Reservation Boundaries)
    • United States v. Frey (Penobscot Indian Reservation)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Hooper v. City of Tulsa (Criminal Jurisdiction; Curtis Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority v. Mael (Housing; Emotional Distress; Tort Duty)
  • People in Interest of Jay J.L. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7539 - Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2022

News Bulletin
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This week, in brief:

  • Supreme Court: Yakama Nation land ownership ruling stands, half of Mount Adams remains part of reservation
  • Gov. Mills opposes Rep. Golden’s bill to make future federal tribal laws apply to Maine tribes
  • Supreme Court denies Penobscot Indian Nation appeal
  • Akwesasne Mohawk seek to rid themselves of colonized "Saint Regis" name
  • Community members needed to help improve Minnesota child welfare policies and practices
  • Oregon tribe opposes Klamath River water release for farmers
  • EVs’ demand for copper escalates threat against Apache’s Oak Flat
  • A Native American burial ground in Chester County is returning to its ‘rightful owners’
  • How blending Inuit knowledge and western science has helped improve polar bear health — and why a trade ban would hurt
  • 'We've got to get gaming out of our blood': Pandemic shock pushes Wisconsin tribes to diversify economy
  • Honoring Native American culture requires better engagement with tribes
  • Tribes work to harness energy from sun, wind and water as demand for green energy grows
  • Ojibwe perspectives toward proper wolf stewardship and Wisconsin's February 2021 wolf hunting season
  • Can the US go green without destroying sacred Native lands?
  • Native American economy leads rural communities
  • A beloved Indigenous dessert evolves with each generation

April 13, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/13/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • One petition for certiorari was filed last week on 4/6/22:
    • Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (State Court Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Nguyen v. Foley (Tribal Courts; Child Welfare)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In the Interest of Z.K. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • In re I.F. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.7455 - To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to secure existing Tribal contract support cost reimbursements, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Indigenous interpretations: Invoking the third Indian canon to combat climate change.
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Dual taxation in Indian Country: The struggle to correct Cotton Petroleum.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Establishing rights to self determination
  • Court blocks Montana laws that restrict Native American voting rights
  • Tribes assert water rights on Colorado River Basin
  • Oklahoma’s abortion bill & Indigenous impact
  • Proposed lithium mine near Oregon-Nevada border stirs concerns among tribes
  • Representation in the medical field: U of M working to boost Native American population in medical schools
  • Petroglyphs vandalized, multiple agencies announce reward for information leading to arrest
  • Red Cloud Indian School attempts to help community heal through immersion program
  • Ute tribe, environmentalist groups call for closure of the White Mesa Uranium Mill
  • Indigenous group wants justice after 'traumatizing' raid at Detroit park
  • MSU graduate student works to understand, control invasive grass on Crow Reservation
  • Sipayik's water crisis
  • OST Archeological Repatriation office coming
  • Indigenous leaders say GOP's new voter ID law will silence the voices of Native people
  • A tradition of science: Selections from Science Moab interviews about Indigenous scientific knowledge
  • Indigenous artists highlight shared histories of abstraction and survival in the Whitney Biennial

April 6, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 4/6/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Oertwich v. Traditional Village of Togiak (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Banishment)
  • United States v. Menees (Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • Bad River Band of the Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Enbridge, Inc. (Cultural Resources; Treaty Rights; Enbridge Line 5)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In re Pouget/Herrera (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • A+ Government Solutions, LLC v. Comptroller of Maryland (Indian Taxation)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.3968 - CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act
  • H.R.7326 - To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to explicitly authorize distribution of grant funds to the voting accessibility protection and advocacy system of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the system serving the American Indian consortium, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • 'Cornerstone upon which rest all others': Utilizing canons of statutory interpretation to confirm an enforceable trust duty for Native American health care.
  • Taking stock: Open questions and unfinished business under the VAWA amendments to the Indian Civil Rights Act.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • MHA Nation moves to intervene in redistricting case in North Dakota
  • More than 50 Alaska Native tribes support Jackson for Supreme Court
  • Nationwide alert system created for missing Indigenous persons
  • How the economy of Indian Country impacts local communities
  • Mysterious death of a chief’s daughter in Oregon illustrates challenges of Native boarding school reckoning
  • In historic appearance before Congress, Maine tribes urge that future federal laws apply to them
  • In affluent Southampton, the Grave Protection Warrior Society toils to preserve and protect ancestral homelands
  • Navajo Nation bill would repeal its same-sex marriage ban
  • This Southern Arizona book club gives exposure and support to Indigenous authors
  • The problem, practicality, and power of land acknowledgements
  • Rappahannock Tribe reacquires ancestral Virginia land 350 years later
  • Increasing Native representation in the film industry through costume design
  • The two-spirit diplomat who mediated two worlds

March 30, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/30/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • One petition for certiorari was filed last week on 3/22/22:
    • Albrecht v. Riverside County (Land Leases; Indian Reorganization Act)
  • One petition for certiorari was denied this week on 3/28/22:
    • Caballero v. United States (Quiet Title Act; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Cayuga Nation v. United States (Tribal Police; Tribal Law and Order Act)
  • Hawk v. Burr (Bureau of Indian Affairs; Trespassing)
  • Yurok Tribe v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Klamath River; Water Rights; Fisheries)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In re K.T. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • The ends and the means: Indigenous sovereignty, climate-related legal actions, and frameworks of justice.
  • Death by apathy: Tolerance of the government's failure to fund promised healthcare causes losses of Native American lives.
  • The state's kuleana: Deconstructing the permitting process for the thirty-meter telescope and finding restoration through systemic validation of Native Hawaiian rights.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Biden administration moves to make funding for Indian Health Service mandatory
  • Tribes issue trespass notice to Grand Gateway Hotel owners
  • Two Arizona tribal leaders make case for critically needed water projects
  • Interior Department takes steps to increase voter registration in Indigenous communities
  • FAQS for payments by Indian tribal governments and Alaska Native corporations to individuals under COVID-relief legislation
  • Oklahoma tribal finance consortium announces tribes’ impact on Oklahoma’s economy
  • Anthropology Association apologizes to Native Americans for the field's legacy of harm
  • Tribal news deserts thrive when citizens, media lack access to public records
  • Expanding Buy Indian provisions to USDA programs could boost Native producers
  • City of Nome to pay $750K and apologize for failure to investigate sexual assault against Native woman
  • State-tribal initiative aims to restore Michigan’s wild rice
  • Illinois House adopts bill to support Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation land reclamation
  • Images from the first-known Native American female photographer

March 23, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/23/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • The Tribal Supreme Court Project has posted The Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson: An Indian Law Perspective.
  • Two petitions for certiorari were denied this week on 3/21/22:
    • Hawkins v. Haaland (Water Rights)
    • Samish Indian Nation v. Washington (Treaty Rights; Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Chegup v. Ute Indian Tribes of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (Tribal Law; Tribal Courts; Banishment)
  • Stephen C. v. Bureau of Indian Education (Indian Education)
  • Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges v. Haaland (Land Exchange; Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act)
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe v. Pollack (Cultural Resources; National Historic Preservation Act; Tribal Consultation)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • J.P. v. State of Alaska (Indian Child Welfare Act; Jurisdiction)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.Res.555 - A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.
  • H.R.7178 - To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to States and Indian tribes to support local resiliency offices, and for other purposes.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • NDN Collective files federal lawsuit in response to Rapid City hotel threat to ban Native Americans
  • A new era for Indian Country: National Congress of American Indians announces Sovereignty Institute
  • Federal court revives claim in Havasupai education case
  • Recasting the narrative: RISE Center gives voice to Indigenous people in research, data collection
  • How Indigenous burning practices could revitalize a northern Minnesota forest
  • Lithium mining threatens Arizona tribe's sacred spring
  • Lack of tribal consultation by the Interior Department regarding Chaco Canyon a major concern for Navajo Nation leaders
  • 'The theft of our land': In Newsom's $100M landback proposal, Indigenous advocates see progess--and have questions
  • Deb Haaland: Report on Indigenous boarding schools expected soon
  • NM bills OK teacher raises, Native language teachers, free college tuition
  • Stanford and Illinois researchers publish genomic evidence of ancient Muwekma Ohlone connection
  • Native WOLFE program bridges gaps in elder health with nutrition, exercise
  • California's longest-serving death-row prisoner on pain, survival and Native identity

March 17, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/17/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Big Horn Co. Electric Cooperative v. Big Man (Tribal Jurisdiction; Tribal Law)
  • The St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians v. State of New York (Treaty Rights; Indian Land Claims; Reservation Boundaries)
  • Mitchell v. Kirchmeier (Civil Rights; Police Brutality; Standing Rock)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In the Interest of T.F. and T.F. (Indian Child Welfare Act; Jurisdiction)
  • Ulizio v. MMMG, LLC and Mobile Mike Promotions, Inc. (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2022.html

  • Day v. Fort Peck Tribes (Indian Civil Rights Act; Jurisdiction)
  • Eagle v. Fort Peck Tribes (Indian Civil Rights Act)
  • Shields v. Fort Peck Tribes (Indian Civil Rights Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.Res.545 - A resolution designating the week beginning March 13, 2022, as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week".
  • S.3789 - A bill to amend the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act to authorize grants to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations, and for other purposes.
  • S.3835 - A bill to develop and disseminate accurate, relevant, and accessible resources to promote understanding about Native American and Tribal histories.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Omnibus released with Violence Against Women Act and increased resources for urban Indian health
  • U.S. district court affirms Saint Regis Mohawk's reservation boundaries
  • Maine tribes gain power to prosecute domestic violence crimes under federal overhaul
  • Navajo Nation receives $8 million in federal funding for cancer treatment center
  • ‘We Are Not Animals’: New book highlights Santa Cruz Indigenous rebellion and resilience
  • U.S. coverage of Indigenous issues improving but still a battle over misinformation, says Kiowa journalist
  • National Parks leader pledges more inclusion of Native Americans in land management
  • Natives living on reservations among the least counted population in the 2020 Census
  • 'Returning Home’ compiles Diné students’ art, poetry
  • Oil is like heroin, Indigenous leader says, and we need to start kicking the addiction
  • Yakita Starr Fields and the imagined barrier between art and life

March 9, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/9/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • James v. Kootenai County (Religious Practices - Burial Traditions)
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe v. County of Mille Lacs (Treaty Rights; Reservation Boundaries)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • State of New Mexico v. Kelly M. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2022.html

  • Henderson v. Fort Peck Tribes (Indian Civil Rights Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.3773/H.R.6964 - To authorize the leases of up to 99 years for land held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • U.S. District Court affirms Mille Lacs Indian Reservation
  • New Mexico adopts state ICWA law: Indian Family Preservation Act (IFPA)
  • Congress meets with Native leaders to discuss co-management of federal lands
  • Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians gain more support for federal recognition
  • Native-owned healthcare makes a difference in Alaska
  • Virginia Republicans kill bill giving Indian tribes a role in reviewing development on ancestral lands
  • Fuel in water deepens Native Hawaiians’ distrust of military
  • This tribe has fought for years to get federal recognition. It's about their identity
  • Chief Charlo students learn Plains Indian Sign Language from fluent Salish speaker
  • Post-New York Fashion Week, Iñupiaq designer Bobby Brower prepares for Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
  • New generation of Native Americans faces exclusion from parents’ tribes
  • How do you vote in Oklahoma? Tribal leaders launch new site to explain registration steps

March 2, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 3/2/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • Four petitions for certiorari were consolidated, and granted, on 2/28/22. Future filings and activity in these cases will now be reflected on the docket of Haaland v. Brackeen (Docket No. 21-376):
    • Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Texas v. Haaland (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Brackeen v. Haaland (Indian Child Welfare Act)
    • Haaland v. Brackeen (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Fletcher v. United States (Federal Trust Breach; Osage Headrights)
  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation v. Lawrence (Attorneys' Fees)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In re Darian R. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2022.html

  • Thlopthlocco Tribal Town v. Anderson (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Federal Recognition; Tribal Government)
  • Campos v. Parker (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • 'Cornerstone upon which rest all others': Utilizing canons of statutory interpretation to confirm an enforceable trust duty for Native American health care.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Four national Native organizations statement of U.S. Supreme Court hearing challenge to ICWA
  • Argument in double-jeopardy case shines spotlight on prosecutorial issues faced by Native tribes
  • A guide to changing racist and offensive names on public lands
  • Waš’ágya Nájiŋ/Grandmothers Group kicks off survey of grandparents taking care of grandchildren
  • Gaslit: How one Native American tribe is battling for control over flaring
  • Murkowski holds field hearing on education in Alaska
  • Tribally owned Mad River Brewery inks partnership San Francisco Giants
  • Envisioning Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty
  • Jim Denomie, internationally known Native American artist from Minnesota, dies at 66
  • Indian Health Service Rapid City Service Unit transfer to the tribally-managed Oyate Health Center
  • The race-shifting of 'Pretendians'

February 23, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/23/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • Four petitions for certiorari were denied on 2/22/22:
    • Dakota Access, LLC v. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, et al. (National Environmental Protection Act; Pipelines)
    • Big Sandy Rancheria Enterprises v. Bonta (Indian Reorganization Act; Cigarette Sales)
    • Self v. Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
    • Jamestown S'klallam Tribe v. Lummi Nation (Treaty Rights; Water Rights)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Grand Canyon Trust v. Provencio (Uranium Mining; Cultural Resources Protection)
  • Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior (Water Rights; Trust Relationship)
  • Jones v. United States (Bad Men Clause; Court of Federal Claims)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In re H.V. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • The time trap: Addressing the stereotypes that undermine tribal sovereignty.
  • The aboriginal land and water rights of the Jemez Pueblo.
  • From zero-sum to economic partners: Reframing state tax policies in Indian Country in the post-COVID economy.
  • Finding ways to empower tribal oil production.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Interior Department announces $1.7 billion for water settlements with tribes
  • 2nd lawsuit targets tribal subdistricts
  • Tesla signs deal with Minnesota-based nickel mine; mine could violate treaty rights, threaten water, rice, fish, & more in the Mississippi River Watershed
  • Detroit police break up Native sugarbush ceremony, saying 'sovereign stuff is not valid'
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs announces jail reforms after NPR investigation finds 16 deaths in 4 years
  • NAPI: Food sovereignty, production, security an important part of Navajo Nation’s future
  • New Mexico’s first Native family court points to success keeping kids in tribal communities
  • Why Yale urgently needs a Native Studies major
  • Can movies help save the world's dying languages? New wave of Indigenous films share untold stories
  • Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut's right to return

February 16, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/16/22

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Adams v. Dodge (Tribal Court Exhaustion Doctrine; Jurisdiction)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Wattson v. Simon (Legislative Redistricting)
  • In re B.M. Smith (Indian Child Welfare Act; Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act)
  • The Navajo Nation v. Department of Child Safety (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.6707 - To amend the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 to advance equality for Wabanaki nations, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6716 - To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to protect Native American burial sites, village sites, and cultural resources discovered at civil works projects of the Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Securing tribal consultation to support tribal health sovereignty.
  • Yazzie et al. v. Hobbs: The 2020 election and voting by mail on- and off-reservation in Arizona.
  • Tribes, firearm regulation, and the public square.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • VAWA bill in Senate would expand power of up to 30 Alaska tribal courts
  • Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park to protect Native ancestral lands from development
  • Pressure mounts for release of political prisoner Leonard Peltier
  • SD Senate OK’s funding for Oceti Sakowin schools
  • Digital project on enslaved Indigenous people awarded $1.5M grant from Mellon Foundation
  • Chief Seattle Club housing project rooted in Indigenous culture
  • Dept. of Interior recognizes tribal sovereignty in allocation of environmental cleanup funds, includes Navajo Nation, precludes State of Oklahoma
  • How 'wilderness' was invented without Indigenous peoples
  • Rising health needs drives new Minnesota effort to draw Native students to medical school
  • The film "Powerlands" reveals a sobering story of environmental and cultural crisis on Indigenous lands
  • An immersive history of mixed-descent Native families
  • NMPBS original digital series ‘Indigi-Genius’ looks at the innovation of Native Americans

February 9, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/9/22

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • One petition was filed last month, on 1/14/22:
    • Caballero v. United States (Sovereign Immunity; Quiet Title Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Haaland (Fee-to-Trust Acquisitions)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • In the Interest of A.M. and A.B., Children (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Treat thy neighbor as thyself? Protection and the scope of RLUIPA's equal terms clause.
  • The validity of tribal checkpoints in South Dakota to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • Native American tribes and dam removal: Restoring the Ottaway, Penobscot and Elwha Rivers.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Join the ACLU: Hiring Staff Attorney, Racial Justice Program, Indigenous Justice
  • Tribes sue North Dakota over new redistricting map
  • New nursing degree brings Fort Lewis College, CU Anschutz together to teach Indigenous-focused health curriculum
  • Opioid settlement "historic for tribes," says Eastern Shoshone chairman
  • United Nation expert's statement on Nooksack
  • Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians seeks tribal-state co-management of Jackson Demonstration State Forest
  • Committee kills bill to consider tribal concerns in officer training
  • WA is working on an Amber Alert for missing Indigenous people
  • A grassroots effort to regain food sovereignty
  • Michigan Indian legal community mourns passing of Jim Keedy
  • 'It took an entire tribe to raise me'
  • ‘Our iwi, our bones are sacred’: Nāpua Greig at NAGPRA hearing
  • Hopi Tribe looks to a solar-powered future
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe partners with Rosetta Stone to revitalize the Ojibwe language
  • Five Native films you should be streaming in 2022

February 2, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/2/22

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • United States v. Johnson (Assimilative Crimes Act)
  • The Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen (CARES Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • State of Iowa v. Cungtion (Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • State of Iowa v. Bear (Criminal Jurisdiction)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Healthcare self-governance.
  • Analyzing the implications of the Supreme Court's application of the Canons of Construction in recent federal Indian law cases.
  • This land is not our land, this land is their land: Returning national park lands to their rightful protectors.
  • John Locke's theory of property, and the dispossession of Indigenous peoples in the settler-colony.
  • How Alaska Native Corporations can better support Alaska Native Villages.
  • The importance of abolition of the carceral state for Native survivors.
  • The potential of bison restoration as an ecological approach to future tribal food sovereignty on the northern Great Plains.
  • Bison, tribes, and brucellosis in the interagency bison management plan.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Tribes reach $590 million opioid settlement with J.&J. and distributors
  • Peltier's defense committee demands release of 77-year-old activist
  • Full-time NAGPRA investigator hired for first time in decades
  • Feeling 'the presence of my ancestors': Protecting sacred Indigenous land near Joshua Tree
  • Tribal nations are locked inside the U.S. water regime
  • Supreme Court appointment could re-position tribal law
  • Increasing the supply of healthcare for Native Americans
  • The economics of climate accountability
  • American Indian course highlights importance of Indigenous causes on campus
  • California museum returns massacre remains to Wiyot Tribe
  • Indigenous political activists, scholars speak on importance of learning from Indigenous thought, environmental impact
  • Tribal survey captures deepening food insecurity in Indian Country that federal data has missed
  • Diné ancestors discovered: Southwest’s dark side uncovered in search for family history

January 26, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 1/26/22

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • Thirty-two petitions, all related to McGirt v. Oklahoma, were denied on 1/24/22. (For the full list of denied petitions, see: http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html#denied.)
  • A petition for certiorari was granted on 1/21/22:
    • Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta (Criminal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians in Indian Country)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation v. Idaho (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Treaty Rights)
  • Wellman v. Orcutt (Blackfeet Reservation; Discrimination)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Martin v. State of Minnesota (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Public Law 280)
  • Wadkins v. State of Oklahoma (Indian Status; McGirt v. Oklahoma)
  • Walker v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Indian Child Welfare Act; Termination of Parental Rights)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.Con.Res.28 - A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that September 30 should be observed as a national day of remembrance for the Native American children who died while attending a United States Indian boarding school and recognizing, honoring, and supporting the survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and their communities.
  • H.R.6442 - To amend Section 101703 of title 54, United States Code, to include Tribal Governments and quasi-governmental entities, and for other purposes.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Justice Breyer's Indian Law Record
  • US Supreme Court will not consider overturning McGirt decision; Will rule on scope of the landmark ruling
  • California redwood forest returned to Native tribal group
  • Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense
  • Reducing Native overrepresentation in jails
  • Want to heal the planet? Stop ignoring Indigenous science.
  • Klamath Tribes release video series to teach tribal history in schools
  • Indigenous Women Leaders Podcast: An interview with Lakota Elder Madonna Thunder Hawk
  • Bill to allow Indigenous students to wear tribal regalia at graduations advances
  • Water agreement reached between the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, and The Nature Conservancy
  • A living history: Reenactor fills the gap of Black Seminole legacy in Florida
  • In historic statement, BIA pledges to safeguard Indigenous individuals' right
  • Hoping for an end to yearslong treaty rights fight

January 19, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 1/19/22

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • Two petitions for certiorari were denied on 1/18/22:
    • White v. Oklahoma (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
    • Bentley v. Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction; Due Process)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Cross v. Fox (Treaty Rights; Tribal Law; Tribal Elections)
  • Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of the Interior (Cultural Resources; Sacred Sites; Geothermal Projects)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Wild Fish Conservancy v. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Aquaculture; Environmental Impact Statements)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • H.R.6402 - To grant a Federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated.
  • H.R.6406 - To elevate the position of Director of the Indian Health Service within the Department of Health and Human Services to Assistant Secretary for Indian Health, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2022.html

  • Coming home again: Tribal sovereignty, the Tribal Wildlife Grant Project, and their potential for endemic wildlife reintroduction.
  • Sustainable red power: Tribal energy sovereignty and the way forward.
  • Disproportionate police militarization at Standing Rock violated international law.
  • Environmental racism in Indian Country: An analysis of its impacts on the environment and natural resources and its connection to the diminishment of tribal sovereignty.
  • The Indian law bombshell: McGirt v. Oklahoma.
  • Muskrat textualism.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Tribal voices sidelined in Line 5 Tunnel permitting process
  • Legislation pre-filed to establish a 'Missing in New Mexico' event
  • How the Indigenous landback movement is poised to change conservation
  • Tribal sovereignty ballot initiative smashes threshold
  • Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband
  • Tribal Outreach Specialist at UM creates important bridge for Native students
  • How Wisconsin cheese is helping put the first Indigenous-owned distillery in the country on the map
  • Documentary explores how CDOT and tribes partnered to preserve Indigenous culture and history
  • International Decade of Indigenous Languages launched from Cherokee Nation Reservation

January 12, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 1/12/22

The Native American Rights Fund is hiring for the open position of Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the vacancy at: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2021-2022update.html

  • Six petitions for certiorari were denied on 1/10/22:
    • Parish v. Oklahoma (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
    • Grand River Enterprises Six Nations v. Boughton (Commerce Clause)
    • Compelleebee v. Oklahoma (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Criminal Jurisdiction)
    • Tanner v. Cayuga Nation (IGRA; Jurisdiction)
    • Stand Up For California! v. Department of the Interior (Land into Trust)
    • Haggerty v. United States (Minor Offense in Indian Country; Criminal Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2022.html

  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation v. Lawrence (Employment Contracts; Subject Matter Jurisdiction)
  • Cavazos v. Haaland (Tribal Membership; Disenrollment; Trust Relationship)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2022.html

  • Matter of A.O. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/117_uslegislation.html

  • S.3454 - A bill to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian Tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html
This week, in brief:

  • Native redistricting strategy bolsters South Dakota urban vote
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation names Native affairs director
  • IllumiNative launches 'Aunties with Antibodies' series to promote COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Overdue education plan frustrates New Mexico tribal leaders
  • In the Southwest and Appalachia, Indigenous organizers want a new economy for their communities
  • The Maryland Historical Trust seeks to document the state’s long history of Indigenous people
  • Be a Fulcrum Fellow: Application window for the 2022-2023 cohort is open
  • Choctaw Nation appoints full-time district court judge
  • I set out to photograph 21 women voting rights activists. Here’s what they taught me.
  • How newly recruited Native curators are changing the narrative of American art at museums across the country
  • 'Getting the story right': Native American journalists seek to improve Montana's local coverage of Indigenous issues
  • Undoing the Noble Crusade – MLK and his connection to Indigenous People