December 21, 2022

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 12/21/2022

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Moore v. United States (Monetary Damages; Subject Matter Jurisdiction)
  • United States v. Patterson (McGirt v. Oklahoma; Good-faith Exception)
  • Turpen v. Turpen (Tribal Court Jurisdiction; Dissolution of Marriage)

Tribal Courts Bulletin

  • Heath v. Colville Confederated Tribes (Restitution)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In re Adrian L. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.5323 - A bill amend title VI of the Social Security Act to allow States and local governments to use coronavirus relief funds provided under the American Rescue Plan Act for infrastructure projects, improve the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund, provide Tribal governments with more time to use Coronavirus Relief Fund payments, and for other purposes.
  • S.5321 - A bill to preserve Indian Tribes' and Native Hawaiian organizations' autonomy of access to spectrum over Tribal lands and expedite immediate deployment of telecommunications services for critical government services, including national emergencies, natural disasters, public health and bio-hazard threats, safety, education, opportunity to participate in the broadband economy, self-governance, access to Federal, State, and Tribal voting and elections, and the Federal census count, for the protection of life and property in furtherance of the Federal trust responsibility, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.9633 - To authorize Arizona Tribes to enter into lease or exchange agreements and storage agreements relating to their decreed water entitlements as a long-term source of water supply, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.9536 - To extend Federal recognition to the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina, and for other purposes.

U.S. Regulatory Bulletin

  • Strengthening the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program (Housing and Urban Development)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)

  • Sacrificing sovereignty: How tribal-state tax compacts impact economic development in Indian Country.
  • The Catawba Digital Economic Zone : A Native American SEZ.
  • Erasing the Thin Blue Line : An Indigenous proposal.
  • Indigenous pathways beyond the “Anthropocene” : Biocultural climate justice through decolonization and land rematriation.

News Bulletin

This week, in brief:

  • Tribes need tax revenue. States keep taking it.
  • Toxic levels of mercury, PCBs found in salmon that tribes rely on for food
  • The world is struggling to figure out conservation. First Nations have some ideas.
  • BIA, FBI update criminal investigation guidelines for Indian Country
  • 8 tribal bills pass Senate, set to become law
  • Rulemaking to update land-into-trust process for tribes and individual Indians
  • Lower Brule Tribe, Lyman County agree on electing commission


The Indian Law Bulletins will be on hiatus for the first quarter of 2023 to give us time to rethink and reboot as well as move the National Indian Law Library to NARF's new location. In the meantime, please send us your thoughts on what aspects of the Indian Law Bulletins are most important or useful to you. You can reach us at