February 16, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/16/22

Federal Courts Bulletin

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

State Courts Bulletin

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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
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