September 27, 2023

Indian Law Bulletins Updated 09/27/23

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Molinar v. Lumpkin (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2002)
  • Jensen v. EXC, Inc. (Tribal Jurisdiction)
  • E.J.T. v. Jefferson County, et al. (Section 1983; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Williams, et al. v. Big Picture Loans, et al. (Tribal Lending; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
  • Darden v. Vines, et al. (Absolute Immunity)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Adoption of Leonard. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • In the Matter of A. R. T. (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • In re AAS (Indian Child Welfare Act)

U.S. Legislation - 118th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2868 - A bill to accept the request to revoke the charter of incorporation of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota at the request of that Community, and for other purposes.
  • S.2903 - Parity for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Students in Agriculture Act / A bill to amend the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to extend education grant programs for Alaska Native serving institutions and Native Hawaiian serving institutions, and for other purposes.
  • S.2908 - Indian Buffalo Management Act / A bill to assist Tribal governments in the management of buffalo and buffalo habitat and the reestablishment of buffalo on Indian land.
  • S.2912 - SNAP Tribal Food Sovereignty Act of 2023 / A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to allow the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into self-determination contracts with Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations to carry out supplemental nutrition assistance programs.
  • S.2927 - A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to increase Tribal access to water conservation and efficiency grants, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5660 - To provide for the protection of natural and cultural resources, Tribal collaborative management, sustainable economic development, enhanced recreation, and equitable access on Federal lands in eastern Imperial and Riverside counties, California, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5669 - To provide that employees of tribally controlled schools are eligible to receive a pension under the Federal Employees Retirement System and to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.5732 - To reaffirm and clarify the Federal relationships of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians of Michigan as a federally recognized Indian tribe, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res.355 - A resolution recognizing the critical importance of access to reliable, clean drinking water for Native Americans and affirming the responsibility of the Federal Government to ensure such water access.

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

  • Climate change is forcing Indigenous communities to relocate with little assistance from the federal government - but Congress can make it easier?
  • Ethical marketing, cultural integrity, and consumer protection in Hawai'i.
  • Haaland v. Brackeen: The decision that threatened the Indian Child Welfare Act's protections of Native families in Illinois.
  • Humanity, race, and Indigeneity in criminal sentencing: Social change in America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Keeping "current" with the Idaho water adjudications.
  • Montana water: Establishing priority of water of the Flathead Reservation.
  • Native nations and tribal cultural property law.
  • Wolf law.

News Bulletin

This week, in brief:

  • 'It’s happy sad': Two Oyate boys leave Carlisle, others left behind
  • Wounded Knee Massacre Bill passes the House of Representatives
  • The state of tribal co-management of public lands
  • LA's largest-ever land back an 'important step' in the movement
  • Class action payments go out to Little Shell, Chippewa Cree members