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Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision
Law | National
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law
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
Law | Opinion | Politics
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
Business | Law
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Business | Law
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
Business | Law
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
Business | 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
Health | Law | National
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
Environment | Law
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
Business | Law
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
Law | Opinion
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
Law
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
Politics | World
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
Law
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
Business | Law | Politics
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
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
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
Education | Environment | Law
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
Law
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
Education | Environment | Law
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
Law | Trust
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
Law | Politics
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
Health | Law | National
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
Law
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
Law | National | Sports
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
Business | Law
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
Law
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
Business | Environment | Law | National | Sports
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
Law | National
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
Law
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
Education | Law | National
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.

Chippewa Cree Tribe slams online lending lawsuit as 'baseless'
Business | Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe slams online lending lawsuit as 'baseless' (August 5, 2015)
The tribe reportedly only received 4.5 percent of the revenues from Plain Green Loans.

House passes measure to resolve Morongo Band land dispute
National | Politics | Trust
House passes measure to resolve Morongo Band land dispute (July 14, 2015)
The tribe and a non-Indian landowner have agreed to swap equal portions of land in order to settle the dispute.

Chumash Tribe wins dismissal of suit over status of reservation
Law | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe wins dismissal of suit over status of reservation (July 3, 2015)
Chairman Vincent Armenta cheers the rejection of the 'frivolous' case but anticipates future battles with local opponents.

Senate committee focuses on access to capital in Indian Country
Business | National | Politics
Senate committee focuses on access to capital in Indian Country (June 18, 2015)
Funding for the loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the community development financial institutions fund at the Department of Treasury remains low.

Ute Tribe wins major ruling in long-running dispute with state
Law | National
Ute Tribe wins major ruling in long-running dispute with state (June 17, 2015)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeal rebuked state and local authorities in Utah for repeatedly challenging the sovereignty of the tribe.

Judge sanctions plaintiffs and attorneys in Dakota land dispute
Law | Trust
Judge sanctions plaintiffs and attorneys in Dakota land dispute (June 11, 2015)
The Wolfchild plaintiffs also were ordered to post a $200,000 appeal bond after losing yet another ruling in their long-running case.

Hualapai Tribe mired in litigation over Grand Canyon Skywalk
Business | Law
Hualapai Tribe mired in litigation over Grand Canyon Skywalk (June 10, 2015)
A public relations firm, a law firm and a firm started by a late non-Indian developer are duking it out in federal court.

Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons
Law | National
Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons (June 2, 2015)
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.

David Wilkins: Disenrollments aren't about tribal sovereignty
Opinion
David Wilkins: Disenrollments aren't about tribal sovereignty (May 12, 2015)
Tribal politicians and jurists who work to disenroll legitimate Native citizens justify their perverted behavior by wrapping themselves in the cloak of sovereign power.

Quinault Nation hails dismissal of lawsuit over lake ownership
Environment | Law
Quinault Nation hails dismissal of lawsuit over lake ownership (May 5, 2015)
President Fawn Sharp affirmed that Lake Quinault 'undisputedly' lies within the boundaries of the reservation.

Opinion: Connecticut takes wrong approach with tribal lenders
Business | Law | Opinion
Opinion: Connecticut takes wrong approach with tribal lenders (April 30, 2015)
While payday lending is technically illegal in Connecticut, Federally-recognized Native American tribes and their elected representatives are immune from Connecticut process and suit.

Editorial: Tribal online lending operations deserve state scrutiny
Business | Law | Opinion
Editorial: Tribal online lending operations deserve state scrutiny (April 13, 2015)
The real lenders, the ones who are raking in the incredible profits, are unscrupulous lenders with no claim to sovereignty.

Otoe-Missouria Tribe wages campaign to protect online lending
Business | Law | National | Technology
Otoe-Missouria Tribe wages campaign to protect online lending (April 7, 2015)
A group called Institute for Liberty launched Native Kids First after the state of Connecticut went after the tribe's lending operation.

Navajo Nation case against Urban Outfitters goes to higher court
Business | Law | National
Navajo Nation case against Urban Outfitters goes to higher court (March 12, 2015)
The company sold products with the 'Navajo' name without the tribe's permission. The goods weren't Indian-produced either.

Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe disputes fine in lending dispute
Business | Law | National
Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe disputes fine in lending dispute (March 12, 2015)
Chairman John Shotton is accusing officials in Connecticut of violating his civil rights.

Turtle Talk announces winner of big Indian law and policy contest
Law | National
Turtle Talk announces winner of big Indian law and policy contest (January 16, 2015)
The answer may surprise you!

Supreme Court won't take up Seminole Tribe's taxation case
Business | Law
Supreme Court won't take up Seminole Tribe's taxation case (January 13, 2015)
The tribe sought a refund for gasoline taxes paid to the state.

Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land dispute
Law | National
Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land dispute (December 8, 2014)
The justices won't let a county in New York file a late petition in a foreclosure case.

Supreme Court to consider motion in Cayuga Nation land case
Law
Supreme Court to consider motion in Cayuga Nation land case (December 1, 2014)
A county in New York wants permission to appeal the case even though it missed the deadline to file a petition with the nation's highest court.

Divided court won't extend Seneca Nation immunity to business
Business | Law
Divided court won't extend Seneca Nation immunity to business (November 25, 2014)
By a 4-3 vote, the New York Court of Appeals opens the tribe's golf course to a lawsuit.

House Natural Resources Committee passes three tribal bills
Environment | Politics
House Natural Resources Committee passes three tribal bills (November 21, 2014)
The bills affect an Alaska Native corporation, the Hualapai Tribe and the Ponca Tribe.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against chairman of Chumash Tribe
Law | Trust
Judge dismisses lawsuit against chairman of Chumash Tribe (November 13, 2014)
Chairman Vincent Armenta said he's tired of being sued by opposition groups.

County files late appeal in Cayuga Nation foreclosure case
Law | National
County files late appeal in Cayuga Nation foreclosure case (November 10, 2014)
The tribe and Indian Country have most likely been spared another round of concerns about their record before the Supreme Court.

Opinion: Tribes turn their acumen to Internet lending industry
Opinion
Opinion: Tribes turn their acumen to Internet lending industry (October 24, 2014)
Writer discusses the growth of the Internet lending industry in Indian Country.

Supreme Court won't hear suit over Indian massacre in Mexico
Law | World
Supreme Court won't hear suit over Indian massacre in Mexico (October 8, 2014)
Ten survivors blamed the former president for a massacre where 45 people died.

Woman sues over fall at Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe business
Business | Law
Woman sues over fall at Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe business (September 30, 2014)
So far, the state, tribal and federal courts have all dismissed the lawsuits.

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