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Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump
Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump (November 26, 2019)

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was ousted from office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?


'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate
'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate (November 21, 2019)

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.


Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths
Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths (November 19, 2019)

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain (October 28, 2019)

A company owned by the Navajo Nation is now the third largest coal producer in the United States


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit
Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit (August 9, 2019)

Leaders and employees of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are being sued by a consumer of the tribe's online lending operation.


Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine
Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine (July 31, 2019)

Sovereign immunity has protected a coal mine owned by the Navajo Nation from being sued without the tribe's consent.


Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation (July 5, 2019)

Online lending businesses owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are entitled to sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled.


Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case
Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case (June 24, 2019)

Is the nation's highest court on Indian time? It sure looks like it, judging by the wait for a decision in a highly-anticipated case.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints
Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints (May 29, 2019)

A superintendent at a Bureau of Indian Education school was terminated for sexual harassment after several women came forward.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties
Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties (May 23, 2019)

Justice Neil Gorsuch has helped tribes win in two cases so far. He's locked out of a third but experts are sensing a sea change on the nation's highest court.


Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation (May 8, 2019)

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration.


'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe removed from lawsuit over missing horse
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe removed from lawsuit over missing horse (January 29, 2019)

Sovereign immunity has saved the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe from being included in a missing horse lawsuit in Nevada.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court
Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court (October 15, 2018)

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma have been at odds over sales taxes at tribally-owned businesses.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline
Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline (June 15, 2018)

Two tribes have lost a legal challenge to the Keystone XL Pipeline as others try a new approach in hopes of blocking the controversial project.


Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.


Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case
Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case (April 18, 2018)

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up its third Indian law case of the term, tribes and their advocates are welcoming a historic development.


All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case (March 29, 2018)

A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.


Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term
Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term (March 21, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in its second Indian law case of what has turned out to be an unusually busy term.


Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council
Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council (March 12, 2018)

A year after being called out by the Trump administration, the Nooksack Tribe has won recognition of its leadership amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.


Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe
Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe (January 30, 2018)

A lawsuit targeting the disputed leaders of the Nooksack Tribe has been put on hold while the Trump administration reviews the results of a recent election.


Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case
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Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case (January 24, 2018)

Oral arguments have been scheduled in the second Indian law case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket.


Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal
Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal (December 13, 2017)

Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in a closely-watched race in Alabama but Republican Roy Moore has not conceded after being repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.


Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe (December 11, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court has been relatively uneventful so far for Indian Country but a little shakeup is on the way.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents (December 8, 2017)

Far across in the country, in upper New York State, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (Akwasasne) needed help, specifically to protect tribal sovereign immunity from being limited by an unfavorable court ruling.


Leland McGee: California agency attacks tribal sovereignty with marijuana rules
Leland McGee: California agency attacks tribal sovereignty with marijuana rules (November 28, 2017)

All tribes should recognize the dangerous precedent California is establishing in state-tribal relations throughout Indian Country.


The Conversation: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe stirs controversy with patent deal
The Conversation: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe stirs controversy with patent deal (November 27, 2017)

Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox, is using an unprecedented tactic to protect its valuable patents – angering lawyers and politicians, and keeping the price of its medicines high.


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact survives legal challenge
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact survives legal challenge (November 9, 2017)

In a near unanimous decision, the Montana Supreme Court has upheld the legality of water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity
Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity (October 5, 2017)

A member of Congress who generated controversy by going after tribal businesses is wading into hot-button territory with a new bill aimed at abrogating tribal sovereign immunity.


Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe acquires drug patents in attempt to end legal dispute
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe acquires drug patents in attempt to end legal dispute (September 8, 2017)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is entering the pharmaceutical industry in hopes of ending a legal challenge over a popular dry-eye drug.


Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)

Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.


Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by attorneys who received $4 million settlement
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Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by attorneys who received $4 million settlement (August 9, 2017)

The Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by two of its former attorneys, an appeals court in Florida ruled.


Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision
Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision (April 27, 2017)

The jury is still out on the new sovereignty decision from the nation's highest court but it's already having an impact in Indian Country.


Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court
Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court (April 10, 2017)

After losing case after case, tribes hope they have finally found in a friend in Neil Gorsuch, hand-picked by President Donald Trump.


Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites (April 4, 2017)

The state of Rhode Island refused to transfer the land until the tribe waived its immunity and accepted state jurisdiction.


Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (March 23, 2017)

Recent corruption and Civil Rights abuse of Indians means an Indian Civil Rights Act refresher may be needed.


Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity case
Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity case (March 20, 2017)

The nation's highest court won't be adding another tribal sovereignty case to their workload.


Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)

Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.


Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.


Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (December 7, 2016)

Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.


Chukchansi Tribe sued for $750K in unpaid rent on headquarters
Chukchansi Tribe sued for $750K in unpaid rent on headquarters (November 4, 2016)

One faction of the California tribe was using an office building as its headquarters during


Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for firing employee
Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for firing employee (October 20, 2016)

A long-time health employee alleged she was replaced by someone much younger.


Oneida Nation can't be sued under federal credit reporting law
Oneida Nation can't be sued under federal credit reporting law (September 13, 2016)

A consumer went to court after sensitive credit card information was printed on receipts issued by tribal businesses.


Shingle Springs Band wins ruling in dispute over sovereign immunity
Shingle Springs Band wins ruling in dispute over sovereign immunity (August 9, 2016)

The dispute arose after a former employee sued the tribe in California state court.


Stillaguamish Tribe disputes liability claim for deadly mudslide in 2014
Stillaguamish Tribe disputes liability claim for deadly mudslide in 2014 (July 7, 2016)

The state claims the tribe waived its sovereign immunity and can be held liable for the Oso disaster.


Hualapai Tribe wins dismissal of lawsuit by former business partner
Hualapai Tribe wins dismissal of lawsuit by former business partner (July 7, 2016)

Proceeding with the lawsuit would violate the tribe's sovereignty, a judge in Arizona determined.


Michael Sandoval: San Felipe Pueblo respects rights of neighbors
Michael Sandoval: San Felipe Pueblo respects rights of neighbors (June 27, 2016)

A trespassing dispute between San Felipe Pueblo and a non-profit is playing out in the courts and the New Mexico media.