February 23, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 2/23/22

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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
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