January 26, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 1/26/22

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin

  • 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

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

State Courts Bulletin

  • 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

  • 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
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