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Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court systemFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (03/23)
Tribal citizens who have been punished by their governments are finding few allies in the federal court system but that isn't stopping them from seeking justice.
Southern Ute Tribe pressured to share more of $126M settlementFiled Under: Politics | Trust
Southern Ute Tribe pressured to share more of $126M settlement (03/20)
The tribe already shared 60 percent of the settlement on a per capita basis but some citizens want the rest.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issuesFiled Under: Law | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (10/20)
The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.
Colville Tribes agree to share settlement funds with membershipFiled Under: Law | National
Colville Tribes agree to share settlement funds with membership (10/06)
Each member will receive about $1,400 from the tribe's share of the Ramah contract support costs settlement.
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe seeks to disenroll as many as 16 peopleFiled Under: National
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe seeks to disenroll as many as 16 people (07/15)
The tribe has a relatively small membership and a generous yearly per capita of $10,000 so the removals are being viewed with skepticism.
Oneida Nation considers sales tax to generate revenue for per capsFiled Under: Business | Law
Oneida Nation considers sales tax to generate revenue for per caps (07/07)
The 5 percent tax on retailers would be in addition to the Wisconsin's 5 percent tax.
Warm Springs Tribes see marijuana as means to boost economyFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Warm Springs Tribes see marijuana as means to boost economy (05/20)
Sales are due to begin in early 2017 and there are plans to open retail locations off the reservation.
North Dakota tribe faces questions about spending and per capsFiled Under: National | Politics
North Dakota tribe faces questions about spending and per caps (04/08)
Each tribal member receives $6,500 a year thanks to energy development on the reservation but some critics are alleging mismanagement.
Leaders of Agua Caliente Band can't be sued in per capita caseFiled Under: Law
Leaders of Agua Caliente Band can't be sued in per capita case (03/24)
A bail bond company and a trust entity wanted the tribe to pay the debts of one of its members.
Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claimFiled Under: Politics
Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claim (03/08)
The tribe needed a new leader because former chairman Colley Billie was removed from office last November amid allegations of $82 million in financial mismanagement.
Report explains how director stole $20K from Cayuga Nation minorsFiled Under: Law
Report explains how director stole $20K from Cayuga Nation minors (03/08)
The director of Native American Services for the state of New York was able to take the money over seven years without being detected.
Kathleen Nilles: Five ways tribes can reduce taxes for membersFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Kathleen Nilles: Five ways tribes can reduce taxes for members (01/07)
Thanks to the passage of federal legislation, as well as some favorable IRS administrative rulings and procedures, tribal leaders now have the ability to structure programs and establish plans that can relieve federal and state income tax burdens.
MHA Nation citizen ordered to pay $109M in child abuse caseFiled Under: Law
MHA Nation citizen ordered to pay $109M in child abuse case (12/15)
Romeo Whitebird was just seven months old when he was beaten by his caretaker, who is now serving nine years in prison.
Blood Tribe accepts $5.8M settlement for illegal use of reserveFiled Under: First Nations in Canada
Blood Tribe accepts $5.8M settlement for illegal use of reserve (12/15)
During World War II, the Canadian government took 55,000 acres for a shooting and bombing practice range.
Winnebago Tribe distributes $250 per capita next monthFiled Under: National
Winnebago Tribe distributes $250 per capita next month (11/16)
Tribal members can pick up their checks at the Blackhawk Center Gym on December 3.
Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from officeFiled Under: Law | Politics
Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office (11/11)
Tribal members accused Colley Billie of removing $82 million from a reserve account tied to an ongoing taxation dispute.
Final guidance issued on taxation of tribal per capita paymentsFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Final guidance issued on taxation of tribal per capita payments (09/18)
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final guidance after extensive consultation in Indian Country
Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxesFiled Under: Law
Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxes (09/15)
A deferred per capita plan is a plan sponsored by an Indian tribal government that permits its members to voluntarily invest a portion of their per capita distributions in a tax-deferred savings vehicle.
Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita paymentsFiled Under: Business | National
Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita payments (08/10)
Members are upset about the loss of the $250 payment but youth benefited from a $300 clothing allowance.
Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summonsFiled Under: Law | National
Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons (06/02)
Chairman Colley Billie claimed immunity but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe's sovereignty is not superior to that of the United States.
Kashia Band interested in timber not marijuana on new landsFiled Under: Environment | National | Trust
Kashia Band interested in timber not marijuana on new lands (04/22)
Tribal members gave up their per capita payments in order to acquire the 480-acre site for $1.35 million.
Native Sun News: Tribe in North Dakota puts a hold on oil refineryFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Tribe in North Dakota puts a hold on oil refinery (04/09)
'Wishing you a Happy Easter!' the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Nation said in a March 31 announcement of a $1,000 gift to each enrolled tribal member.
Warm Springs Tribes suspend treasurer amid financial concernsFiled Under: Politics
Warm Springs Tribes suspend treasurer amid financial concerns (03/17)
Former treasurer-secretary Jake Suppah claims the tribe is about to run out of money for key programs and for per capita payments.
Miccosukee Tribe wins decision in dispute over fees paid to court Filed Under: Law
Miccosukee Tribe wins decision in dispute over fees paid to court (01/27)
A non-Indian man must reimburse $72,000 to the tribe after losing a lawsuit.
Gabe Galanda: Tribes are carrying out the wishes of the colonizerFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Tribes are carrying out the wishes of the colonizer (01/16)
Our elders and spiritual leaders do not teach the practice of disenrollment.
Gabe Galanda: Disenrollments are bankrupting our tribal nationsFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Disenrollments are bankrupting our tribal nations (01/15)
To be sure, tribal per capita distributions are presently catalyzing the most severe form of Indian poverty.
Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee TribeFiled Under: Law
Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe (12/23)
The new Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which became law in September, is now an issue in the case.
President Obama signs Grand Portage Band per capita bill into lawFiled Under:
President Obama signs Grand Portage Band per capita bill into law (12/22)
The bill ensures that payments received in connection with a treaty settlement aren't subject to state or federal taxation.
Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRSFiled Under: Law
Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRS (12/09)
A December 15 hearing could determine whether Chairman Colley Billie is held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial information about tribal members.
Colville Tribes appeals court dismisses trust fund settlement caseFiled Under: Law | Trust
Colville Tribes appeals court dismisses trust fund settlement case (12/09)
The tribe received a $193 million settlement and distributed half on a per capita basis.
House passes bill to address Grand Portage Band per capitasFiled Under: Politics
House passes bill to address Grand Portage Band per capitas (11/21)
The payments will be exempt from state and federal taxation under H.R.3608.
Federal judge won't be removed from Miccosukee Tribe's caseFiled Under: Law
Federal judge won't be removed from Miccosukee Tribe's case (10/24)
The tribe accused Judge Marcia Cooke of bias, citing statements she made in open court.
Donna Ennis: Ancestor starting asking about trust fund in 1900sFiled Under: Opinion | Trust
Donna Ennis: Ancestor starting asking about trust fund in 1900s (09/29)
Donna Ennis shares correspondence between her great grandfather and the Interior Department over his trust funds.
Miccosukee Tribe reclaims nearly $5M in wrongful death caseFiled Under: Law
Miccosukee Tribe reclaims nearly $5M in wrongful death case (09/25)
The tribe was drawn into the dispute because it fronted the legal fees for two tribal members who were held liable in a fatal vehicle accident.
Navajo Nation leaders weigh use of $554M trust fund settlementFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Navajo Nation leaders weigh use of $554M trust fund settlement (09/23)
The payout is the largest tribal settlement reached by the Obama administration.
House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on tribal billsFiled Under: Politics
House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on tribal bills (09/17)
Five bills affecting taxation, tribal foster children, a land dispute, land-into-trust and an Alaska Native corporation are on the agenda.
Miccosukee Tribe seeks removal of judge in dispute with lawyersFiled Under: Law
Miccosukee Tribe seeks removal of judge in dispute with lawyers (09/11)
The tribe has accused three of its former attorneys of malpractice and fraud.
Jay Daniels: Return per cap if you oppose resource developmentFiled Under: Opinion
Jay Daniels: Return per cap if you oppose resource development (09/10)
Jay Daniels says tribal members who oppose resource development shouldn't accept per capita payments from those activities.
Gabe Galanda: Academia won't tackle tribal disenrollment issuesFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Academia won't tackle tribal disenrollment issues (08/27)
Attorney Gabe Galanda says academics are partly to blame for the disenrollment epidemic in Indian Country.
Gabe Galanda: Per capitas only bring tribes to self-terminationFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Per capitas only bring tribes to self-termination (08/13)
Attorney Gabe Galanda discusses the pitfalls of tribal per capita payments.
Leadership flap in Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes appears settledFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Leadership flap in Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes appears settled (08/01)
It looks like Gov. Eddie Hamilton is the stable and legitimate leader.
Audio from House subcommittee hearing on five tribal measuresFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Politics | Trust
Audio from House subcommittee hearing on five tribal measures (07/29)
Most of the discussion centered on a bill to authorize self-determination contracts for the Cobell land buy-back program.
House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearingFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Politics | Trust
House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing (07/29)
Bills address taxation of per capita payments for a Minnesota tribe, the safety of Native children, the Cobell buy-back program and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho.
Fort McKay First Nation blames shortfall for lack of per capitaFiled Under: Business | First Nations in Canada
Fort McKay First Nation blames shortfall for lack of per capita (07/11)
At one point, band members were receiving more than $10,000 a year.
Court won't make Miccosukee Tribe pay $4.1M in wrongful deathFiled Under: Law
Court won't make Miccosukee Tribe pay $4.1M in wrongful death (07/03)
Two tribal members were held responsible for the death of a woman in a drunken-driving accident but they haven't paid.
More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlementsFiled Under: Law | Trust
More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlements (06/03)
Including the Navajo Nation, 73 tribes have reached settlements with the Obama administration.
Opinion: Puyallup Tribe prevails in per capita dispute with IRSFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Opinion: Puyallup Tribe prevails in per capita dispute with IRS (05/06)
Accountant discusses case in which the Puyallup Tribe of Washington fought the Internal Revenue Service over a per capita issue.
Eastern Shoshone Tribe to share per cap from trust settlementFiled Under: Law | Trust
Eastern Shoshone Tribe to share per cap from trust settlement (04/30)
Members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of Wyoming are expected to receive per capita payments next week.
Northern Arapaho Tribe per cap stirs boost in local economyFiled Under: Law | Trust
Northern Arapaho Tribe per cap stirs boost in local economy (04/24)
Members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming are boosting the local economy thanks to a $6,300 per capita payment.
Wyoming tribes share per cap from $157M trust settlementFiled Under: Law | Trust
Wyoming tribes share per cap from $157M trust settlement (04/22)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming are sharing in a $157 million trust fund settlement.
Northern Arapaho Tribe receives $157M trust settlementFiled Under: Law | Trust
Northern Arapaho Tribe receives $157M trust settlement (04/18)
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has received a $157 million trust fund settlement.
Judge won't force Puyallup Tribe to comply with IRS levy requestFiled Under: Law | Trust
Judge won't force Puyallup Tribe to comply with IRS levy request (04/14)
The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has prevailed in a taxation dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.
Northern Arapaho Tribe to issue per cap from trust settlementFiled Under: Law | Trust
Northern Arapaho Tribe to issue per cap from trust settlement (04/11)
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming announced a per capita payment from a recent trust fund settlement.
Law Article: IRS issues guidance on taxation of tribal per capsFiled Under: Law
Law Article: IRS issues guidance on taxation of tribal per caps (03/19)
Attorneys discuss guidance from Internal Revenue Service regarding the taxation of per capita payments from tribal trust funds.
IRS issues tax guidance on per capita payouts from trust fundsFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
IRS issues tax guidance on per capita payouts from trust funds (03/10)
The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today regarding the taxation of per capita payments from tribal trust funds.
Interview with Kim Tallbear on DNA testing and tribal heritageFiled Under: Opinion
Interview with Kim Tallbear on DNA testing and tribal heritage (02/17)
Anthropologist Kim Tallbear discusses race, genetic testing and tribal ancestry.
CSKT judge won't force distribution of trust settlementFiled Under: Law | Trust
CSKT judge won't force distribution of trust settlement (01/17)
A judge for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana has dismissed a lawsuit that sought the distribution of the remainder of a $150 million trust fund settlement on a per capita basis.
Border town to beef up police presence for tribal payoutsFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Law | Trust
Border town to beef up police presence for tribal payouts (01/15)
The police chief for a city near the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming plans to increase security measures to protect tribal members who will be receiving settlement money and other payouts.
BIA won't release funds for Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes per capFiled Under: Politics | Trust
BIA won't release funds for Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes per cap (12/05)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is refusing to release funds to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma due to an ongoing leadership dispute.
Yakama Nation shares  per capita from trust fund settlement Filed Under: Law | Trust
Yakama Nation shares per capita from trust fund settlement (10/14)
The Yakama Nation of Washington shared its trust fund settlement with its members but the amount of the per capita payment was not reported.

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