January 6, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 1/6/22

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin

  • Two petitions for certiorari were filed last month on 12/16/21 and 12/17/21, respectively:
    • Klickitat County v. Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (Treaty Rights; Water Boundary)
    • Jamestown S'klallam Tribe v. Lummi Nation (Reservation Boundary)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Grondal v. United States (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Indian Leasing)
  • Newtok Village v. Patrick (Leadership Dispute; Tribal Elections; Trust Relationship)
  • State of Oklahoma v. Department of the Interior (Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act; Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
  • Howard v. Weidemann (Tribal Police)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Kevin H. v. State of Alaska (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Martinez v. State of Oklahoma (Criminal Jurisdiction; Reservation Disestablishment)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.3443 - A bill to extend Federal recognition to the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, and for other purposes.
  • S.3444 - A bill to ensure that facilities of the Indian Health Service, facilities operated by an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium, and facilities operated by an urban Indian organization receive items from the strategic national stockpile and qualified pandemic or epidemic products directly from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • H.R.6345 - To amend the Siletz Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.6346 - To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, and for other purposes.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Oklahoma court rules reservation no longer exists
  • Indigenous feminism flows through the fight for water rights on the Rio Grande
  • Mashpee Wampanoag reservation regains legal status; Taunton casino project's future unclear
  • A tribe's bitter purge brings an unusual request: Federal intervention
  • Statecraft and history as Očéti Šakówiŋ Treaty Council examines treaties in life today
  • New report examines health disparities among Indigenous peoples in NYC
  • As miners chase clean-energy minerals across the West, tribes fear a repeat of the past
  • Michigan Native citizens move to reclaim and preserve Indigenous ways of life
  • 2021 Media picks from Native News Online staff writer Jenna Kunze