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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.


Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute
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Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute (June 7, 2016)

Dakota descendants in Minnesota who are seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors secured a small victory from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Lawmakers in Guatemala face complaint over 'stupid Indian' insult
Lawmakers in Guatemala face complaint over 'stupid Indian' insult (April 15, 2016)

Estela Ventura, a government official, filed a complaint against lawmakers from the party of President Jimmy Morales.


Members of Miccosukee Tribe lose appeal in income tax dispute
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Members of Miccosukee Tribe lose appeal in income tax dispute (March 24, 2016)

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the federal government cannot be sued due to its sovereign immunity.


Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes
Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes (March 24, 2016)

The Iowa Tribe and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation entered into the agreements and negotiations continue with two more tribes.


Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (March 16, 2016)

Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.


Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fight
Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fight (February 2, 2016)

The U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed by a group of scientists who claimed a right to study the remains.


Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding
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Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding (January 26, 2016)

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes can't be sued without its consent, much to the disappointment of the Douglas Indian Association.


Supreme Court declines NAGPRA case affecting Kumeyaay Nation
Supreme Court declines NAGPRA case affecting Kumeyaay Nation (January 25, 2016)

A group of professors is trying to prevent the University of California from returning remains to the tribes.


Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement
Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement (January 14, 2016)

The deal would be enforceable in court with a limited waiver of the tribe's sovereign immunity.


Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office
Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office (November 11, 2015)

Tribal members accused Colley Billie of removing $82 million from a reserve account tied to an ongoing taxation dispute.


Company sold large number of painkillers to Oklahoma tribes
Company sold large number of painkillers to Oklahoma tribes (November 3, 2015)

Gulf Coast Pharmaceuticals lost its license in Oklahoma after failing to report the sales of the drugs to entities licensed by the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe and the Ponca Tribe.


Judge won't force Fort Belknap Tribe to turn over documents
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Judge won't force Fort Belknap Tribe to turn over documents (October 14, 2015)

A tribal member who is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs for building a road through her property tried to bring the tribe's president into the dispute.


Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (October 5, 2015)

Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.


Lac Vieux Desert Band won decision affecting car title loan firm
Lac Vieux Desert Band won decision affecting car title loan firm (September 29, 2015)

Sovereign Lending Solutions charged interest rates that wouldn't otherwise be allowed under Michigan state law.


Fort Belknap Tribe cites immunity in feud over reservation road
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Fort Belknap Tribe cites immunity in feud over reservation road (September 23, 2015)

A tribal member is accusing the Bureau of Indian Affairs of building a road across her property without her consent.


Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases
Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases (September 22, 2015)

Cases affecting the boundary of the Omaha Reservation, the immunity of the Kialegee Tribal Town and the repatriation of Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe are among those being reviewed.


Turtle Talk Poll: The enduring legacy of Supreme Court decision
Turtle Talk Poll: The enduring legacy of Supreme Court decision (August 31, 2015)

Although disenrollment wasn't really a word in 1978, the decision in Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez continues to be cited by courts that refuse to get involved in membership disputes.


County hopes to revive foreclosure lawsuit against Cayuga Nation
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County hopes to revive foreclosure lawsuit against Cayuga Nation (August 28, 2015)

The Supreme Court refused to entertain an appeal after the county's law firm missed a critical deadline.


Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe mum on settlement
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe mum on settlement (August 12, 2015)

A settlement with the St. Labre Indian School has proven controversial within the local community.