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Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
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Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.

Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case
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Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case (August 14, 2018)

A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is on the hook for almost $58 million in federal taxes after losing a treaty rights case.

Funds from Keepseagle settlement continue flowing to Indian Country
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Funds from Keepseagle settlement continue flowing to Indian Country (August 13, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers are getting a second check while tribes, non-profits and other organizations are seeing grants from the Keepseagle settlement.

'Win-loss is still pretty bad': Tribes falter at Supreme Court
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'Win-loss is still pretty bad': Tribes falter at Supreme Court (August 9, 2018)

The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.

'The threat level is very high': Women worried about abortion rights
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'The threat level is very high': Women worried about abortion rights (July 25, 2018)

Abortion. Few words incite so much emotion, or conflict.

'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
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'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.

Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
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Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Supreme Court nomination shows it's time for change
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Native Sun News Today Editorial: Supreme Court nomination shows it's time for change (July 10, 2018)

Everything we were taught that was good in America is on the line.

A conservative majority: Supreme Court shifts to the right
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A conservative majority: Supreme Court shifts to the right (July 10, 2018)

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh gives the Supreme Court a solid conservative majority, worrying some advocates about the fate of abortion rights and other issues.

Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill
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Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill (July 9, 2018)

A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing this week.

'We will win': Treaty tribes continue to stand up for salmon
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'We will win': Treaty tribes continue to stand up for salmon (July 5, 2018)

We will never stop fighting to protect and restore salmon habitat because that is the key to recovery.

Turtle Talk: Justice Kennedy was terrible for Indian Country
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Turtle Talk: Justice Kennedy was terrible for Indian Country (June 29, 2018)

Of 55 Indian law cases decided by the Supreme Court between 1988 and 2018 Anthony Kennedy ruled against tribes a whopping 80 percent of the time.

Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case
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Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case (June 28, 2018)

Indian Country is preparing for another busy season at the Supreme Court amid a political firestorm.

Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter
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Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter (June 28, 2018)

With Republicans in control of the Supreme Court, only voter pushback can restore balance to Congress.

Supreme Court goes out with a bang as key justice departs
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Supreme Court goes out with a bang as key justice departs (June 27, 2018)

The Supreme Court will be undergoing another shakeup in the Trump era with the departure of a key member who has played a critical role in Indian law cases.

'Bigotry hook, line, and sinker': Supreme Court backs Trump's travel ban
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'Bigotry hook, line, and sinker': Supreme Court backs Trump's travel ban (June 27, 2018)

President Trump’s executive order barring travelers coming from six countries with Muslim majorities, is now a permanent part of U.S. immigration policy.

Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
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Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.

States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation
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States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation (June 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has opened the door for states to impose taxes on internet sales, a major development that further encroaches on tribal efforts to expand their economies.

Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.

Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions
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Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions (June 18, 2018)

The Supreme Court is almost finished with its current term, one in which Indian Country fared surprisingly well. But the drama isn't over yet.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.

Rosalyn LaPier: Supreme Court case reminds us about tribal connections to food
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Rosalyn LaPier: Supreme Court case reminds us about tribal connections to food (June 18, 2018)

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.

Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline
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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.

Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
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Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.

'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory
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'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory (June 12, 2018)

Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.

Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
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Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.

Gyasi Ross: Washington attorney general attacks tribal treaty rights
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Gyasi Ross: Washington attorney general attacks tribal treaty rights (June 6, 2018)

The Supreme Court is about to decide a major treaty rights case, potentially overturning a victory secured by 21 tribes. How did Indian Country get here?

Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case
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Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case (June 5, 2018)

The Supreme Court has once again delayed action in an Indian Country violence case that few believe has a chance at being heard.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court sides with cake shop that won't serve all patrons
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court sides with cake shop that won't serve all patrons (June 4, 2018)

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying that doing so would violate his religious beliefs.

Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty
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Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty (May 30, 2018)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma.

Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case
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Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case (May 29, 2018)

The Supreme Court has had a busy few months dealing with Indian law cases but one petition seems to be troubling the justices a bit.

Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute
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Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute (May 21, 2018)

The Muscogee Nation and the state of Oklahoma are headed into a historic sovereignty clash thanks to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
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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.

Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
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Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case (May 16, 2018)

After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good for Indian Country.

Monte Mills: Supreme Court weighs old tribal treaties in modern case
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Monte Mills: Supreme Court weighs old tribal treaties in modern case (May 14, 2018)

Although much has changed, the words of treaties remain, in the Constitution’s words, the 'supreme law of the land.'

Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
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Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching schedules June 20 meeting
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Council for Native American Farming and Ranching schedules June 20 meeting (May 8, 2018)

With Indian farmers and ranchers still waiting on a second payout from the Keepseagle settlement, an advisory board created by the historic lawsuit is preparing for its next meeting.

Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case
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Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case (April 30, 2018)

Indian Country is breathing a sigh of relief as the nation's highest court has refused to hear a closely-watched tribal sovereignty dispute.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court strikes down law linked to violent crime
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court strikes down law linked to violent crime (April 18, 2018)

The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit 'crimes of violence' was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as promising.

Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case
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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.

Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release
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Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release (April 6, 2018)

Though no firm date is available, final Keepseagle settlement payments are expected before the end of the year.

Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
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Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision
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Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision (March 29, 2018)

A natural gas pipeline continues to operate illegally on Indian land in Oklahoma, a year after a federal judge ordered it to be removed.

Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers
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Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers (March 26, 2018)

It's official -- the long-running legal fight over the remaining funds in the $760 million Keepseagle settlement is finally over.

Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term
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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.

Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court
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Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The fate of $380 million in leftover funds from the Keepseagle settlement is in the hands of the nation's highest court.

Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court
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Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is seeking to restore more of its homelands in Michigan.

Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments
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Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments (March 5, 2018)

An online taxation case could hinder economic growth in Indian Country unless the U.S. Supreme Court addresses tribal sovereignty.

Pueblo man convicted of brutal murder turned away by Supreme Court
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Pueblo man convicted of brutal murder turned away by Supreme Court (March 5, 2018)

A Jemez Pueblo man who was convicted of murdering a woman from the Navajo Nation will remain behind bars after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.

Supreme Court schedules April 18 argument in tribal treaty rights case
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Supreme Court schedules April 18 argument in tribal treaty rights case (February 26, 2018)

A victory secured by 21 treaty tribes is in doubt as the state of Washington takes a dispute over culverts to the nation's highest court.

Tribes take Wind River Reservation boundary case to Supreme Court
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Tribes take Wind River Reservation boundary case to Supreme Court (February 22, 2018)

After being abandoned by the Trump administration, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are taking their homelands case to the nation's highest court.

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
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Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
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Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (February 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has turned away another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative'
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Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative' (January 26, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.

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.

San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project
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San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project (January 24, 2018)

A $600,000 grant will enable the Tribal Supreme Court Project to advocate for Indian Country at the highest court in the land.

Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out
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Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out (January 23, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers who experienced discrimination at the Department of Agriculture will have to wait even longer for resolution of the historic Keepseagle lawsuit.

Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest
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Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest (January 23, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a climate change dispute that drew intense interest among Alaska Natives.

White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case
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White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.