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Chippewa Cree Tribe hit with class action over online lending
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Chippewa Cree Tribe hit with class action over online lending (May 15, 2015)
Two consumers from Vermont are accusing Plain Green Loans of predatory lending practices.

Opinion: Connecticut takes wrong approach with tribal lenders
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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.

Supreme Court won't review case involving Indian online lender
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Supreme Court won't review case involving Indian online lender (April 29, 2015)
Non-Indian customers of Western Sky Financial won't have to submit to tribal court jurisdiction.

Connecticut tribes support state's efforts against online lenders
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Connecticut tribes support state's efforts against online lenders (April 14, 2015)
The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes are siding with the state against a fellow tribe from Oklahoma.

Editorial: Tribal online lending operations deserve state scrutiny
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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
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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.

Jane Daugherty: Tribal e-commerce continues to draw scrutiny
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Jane Daugherty: Tribal e-commerce continues to draw scrutiny (March 26, 2015)
American Indians have a long history of having to adjust to forced changes to their way of life.

Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe disputes fine in lending dispute
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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.

James Williams: Lac Vieux Desert Band regulates online lending
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James Williams: Lac Vieux Desert Band regulates online lending (March 6, 2015)
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Cash lenders accused of targeting tribal members in New Mexico
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Cash lenders accused of targeting tribal members in New Mexico (March 5, 2015)
According to a report presented to state lawmakers, storefront lenders are prevalent in reservation border towns.

Lac Vieux Desert Band relies on revenue from lending business
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Lac Vieux Desert Band relies on revenue from lending business (March 2, 2015)
According to The Washington Post, 42 percent of the tribe's budget comes from online loans.

Native American Financial Services Association names director
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Native American Financial Services Association names director (February 5, 2015)
Lance Gumbs, a well-known member of the Shinnecock Nation, will serve as executive director.

Internet lenders linked to Miami Nation agree to $21M settlement
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Internet lenders linked to Miami Nation agree to $21M settlement (January 19, 2015)
The Federal Trade Commission accused the companies of violating consumer protection laws.

Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe fined for online loan operation
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Chairman of Otoe-Missouria Tribe fined for online loan operation (January 7, 2015)
Chairman John Shotton was fined $700,000 and two tribal entities were fined $800,000.

Otoe-Missouria Tribe defends online loan business amid scrutiny
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Otoe-Missouria Tribe defends online loan business amid scrutiny (November 24, 2014)
Chairman John Shotton said profits from the operation have been 'substantial.'

Law Article: Court blocks tribal jurisdiction in lending case
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Law Article: Court blocks tribal jurisdiction in lending case (November 12, 2014)
Attorney discusses 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving a payday lender that was based on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Tribes withdraw Internet lending lawsuit after losing decision
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Tribes withdraw Internet lending lawsuit after losing decision (November 4, 2014)
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians said fighting the state of New York consumed 'considerable resources.'

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

Law Article: Court won't force arbitration in Indian lending case
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Law Article: Court won't force arbitration in Indian lending case (October 7, 2014)
Attorney discusses decision involving a defunct online lender that was based on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Law Article: Clash of competing sovereigns in tribal lending case
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Law Article: Clash of competing sovereigns in tribal lending case (October 6, 2014)
Attorneys discuss decision from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affecting tribal online loan businesses.

NAFSA puts a positive spin on decision in tribal lending lawsuit
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NAFSA puts a positive spin on decision in tribal lending lawsuit (October 2, 2014)
The law firm that represents the tribes in the case also called it a victory.

2nd Circuit rebuffs tribal online lenders in dispute with New York
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2nd Circuit rebuffs tribal online lenders in dispute with New York (October 1, 2014)
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians claim the state lacks authority over their businesses.

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure
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Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.

Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law
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Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law (September 11, 2014)
Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions affecting Indian Country.

Chippewa Cree Tribe only receives 4.5 percent of loan revenues
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Chippewa Cree Tribe only receives 4.5 percent of loan revenues (September 10, 2014)
The company that provides the technology for the business reportedly receives 95.5 percent.

Chippewa Cree Tribe was awarded $1.1M over payday loan deal
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Chippewa Cree Tribe was awarded $1.1M over payday loan deal (September 9, 2014)
The tribe's partner in an online loan business secretly funneled payments to three tribal members.

Barry Brandon: DOJ places a chokehold on tribal loan enterprises
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Barry Brandon: DOJ places a chokehold on tribal loan enterprises (September 9, 2014)
Barry Brandon, the executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association, blasts the Department of Justice for targeting tribal Internet loan businesses.

Chippewa Cree Tribe sues online loan business partners for $13M
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Chippewa Cree Tribe sues online loan business partners for $13M (September 5, 2014)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is accusing its partners in an Internet lending business of theft and fraud.

Opinion: Decision calls Indian payday lender's arbitration a 'sham'
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Opinion: Decision calls Indian payday lender's arbitration a 'sham' (September 2, 2014)
Attorney discusses the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving a payday lender that was based on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

7th Circuit bars tribal jurisdiction in Indian payday loan dispute
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7th Circuit bars tribal jurisdiction in Indian payday loan dispute (August 26, 2014)
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a class action lawsuit against a defunct Indian payday lender after finding a lack of tribal court jurisdiction in the case.

Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law
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Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law (August 19, 2014)
Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions affecting Indian Country.

Native Sun News: Oglala man's business dealings under scrutiny
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Native Sun News: Oglala man's business dealings under scrutiny (August 19, 2014)
Recent news reports surrounding the dealings of Raycen Raines has fueled speculation and rumors of what exactly the fairly new tribal member is up to.

KUOW: Tightening the screws on tribal payday loan operations
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KUOW: Tightening the screws on tribal payday loan operations (July 31, 2014)
KUOW looks into the payday lending industry in Indian Country.

Law Article: Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation
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Law Article: Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation (July 30, 2014)
Attorney discusses efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate tribal online lending operations.

Fort Belknap Tribes depend on revenue from Internet lending
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Fort Belknap Tribes depend on revenue from Internet lending (July 24, 2014)
The operation contributes up to 20 percent of the tribe's income.

Barry Brandon: Media gets it wrong yet again on tribal lenders
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Barry Brandon: Media gets it wrong yet again on tribal lenders (July 10, 2014)
Barry Brandon, the executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association, says Al Jazeera feature on tribal lenders was biased and one-sided.

Native Sun News: Payday loan story stirs squabble at Pine Ridge
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Native Sun News: Payday loan story stirs squabble at Pine Ridge (July 7, 2014)
Raycen Raines was described as a 'rogue tribal member' intent on dragging the Oglala Sioux Tribe into nefarious business deals.

Law Article: Supreme Court decision could impact tribal lenders
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Law Article: Supreme Court decision could impact tribal lenders (July 3, 2014)
Attorneys explore whether the the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community will affect the tribal payday loan industry.

Al Jazeera: Tribes face scrutiny for Internet lending operations
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Al Jazeera: Tribes face scrutiny for Internet lending operations (June 17, 2014)
Al Jazeera publishes a project on the Internet loan industry in Indian Country, including the involvement of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.

Lawyers dispute effect of Supreme Court case on tribal lenders
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Lawyers dispute effect of Supreme Court case on tribal lenders (June 10, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community affirmed the principle of tribal sovereign immunity but not everyone agrees the case affects tribal-owned Internet lending companies.

Group claims Supreme Court ruling affects tribal payday lenders
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Group claims Supreme Court ruling affects tribal payday lenders (May 30, 2014)
Decision is being interpreted as a strike against tribes that do business beyond reservation borders.

Former clients of Indian-owned online lender can seek refunds
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Former clients of Indian-owned online lender can seek refunds (May 20, 2014)
More than $20 million could be returned to former clients of Western Sky Financial.

Q&A with attorney on FTC lawsuit against tribal online lenders
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Q&A with attorney on FTC lawsuit against tribal online lenders (May 14, 2014)
The Oklahoman talks to attorney Andre Caldwell about the significance of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against Internet lenders owned by tribes.

Grand jury subpoenas business linked to tribal Internet lenders
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Grand jury subpoenas business linked to tribal Internet lenders (May 6, 2014)
A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to a business linked to tribal Internet lenders.

Law Article: FTC asserts jurisdiction over tribal Internet lenders
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Law Article: FTC asserts jurisdiction over tribal Internet lenders (April 14, 2014)
Attorneys discuss lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission won a decision to assert authority over Internet lenders owned by tribal governments.

Blog: Internet lenders can longer hide behind tribal immunity
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Blog: Internet lenders can longer hide behind tribal immunity (April 11, 2014)
The Federal Trade Commission says Internet lenders in Indian Country must comply with federal consumer protection laws.

Indian-owned online lender enters settlement with Connecticut
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Indian-owned online lender enters settlement with Connecticut (April 10, 2014)
An Internet lender that was owned by a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has reached a settlement with the state of Connecticut.

Steve Russell: Payday loan donations funneled to Utah politician
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Steve Russell: Payday loan donations funneled to Utah politician (April 8, 2014)
Steve Russell on corruption in Utah, with the help of a politician and the payday lending industry.

Gabe Galanda: Internet lending industry erodes tribal sovereignty
Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Internet lending industry erodes tribal sovereignty (April 7, 2014)
Attorney Gabe Galanda says it's only a matter of time before the Internet lending industry in Indian Country closes up shop.

Barry Brandon: Obama targets online lenders in Indian Country
Opinion
Barry Brandon: Obama targets online lenders in Indian Country (March 25, 2014)
Barry Brandon, the executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association, wonders why the Obama administration supports businesses in the marijuana industry while going after Internet lenders in Indian Country.

Blog: Tribes act as fronts for major Internet lending businesses
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Blog: Tribes act as fronts for major Internet lending businesses (March 21, 2014)
WhoWhatWhy says big money interests in Wall Street and Silicon Valley are using tribes as fronts for controversial Internet lending businesses.

Barry Brandon: DOJ's operation infringes on tribal sovereignty
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Barry Brandon: DOJ's operation infringes on tribal sovereignty (March 20, 2014)
Barry Brandon, the executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association, criticizes the Department of Justice for going after tribal Internet lenders.

Judge sides with FTC in lawsuit against tribal Internet lenders
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Judge sides with FTC in lawsuit against tribal Internet lenders (March 20, 2014)
A federal judge said the Federal Trade Commission can take enforcement actions against Internet lenders linked to tribes.

Internet lenders in Indian Country under scrutiny in 21 states
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Internet lenders in Indian Country under scrutiny in 21 states (March 19, 2014)
At least 21 states are targeting online lenders in Indian Country.

Law Article: Tribal lenders win a partial victory in FTC litigation
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Law Article: Tribal lenders win a partial victory in FTC litigation (March 13, 2014)
Attorneys provide an update in Federal Trade Commission v. AMG, a dispute between the Federal Trade Commission and tribal lenders.

Oliver Semans: Court upholds tribal immunity in online loan case
Opinion
Oliver Semans: Court upholds tribal immunity in online loan case (March 3, 2014)
Oliver Semans, the executive director of Four Directions, discusses a California court decision that upheld the immunity of tribal-owned Internet lenders.

Indian-owned payday lender pays $1.5M fine in New York
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Indian-owned payday lender pays $1.5M fine in New York (January 24, 2014)
An Internet loan firm operated by a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has settled a lawsuit with the state of New York.

Law Article: Immunity protects tribal lenders in California
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Law Article: Immunity protects tribal lenders in California (January 23, 2014)
Attorney discusses California court decision that allows tribal payday loan companies to benefit from sovereign immunity.

California court upholds immunity for tribal payday lenders
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California court upholds immunity for tribal payday lenders (January 22, 2014)
Payday loan companies owned by tribes are protected by sovereign immunity, a California appellate court ruled on Tuesday.

Turtle Talk Poll: Rank the top 11 Indian law decisions from  2013
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Turtle Talk Poll: Rank the top 11 Indian law decisions from 2013 (December 5, 2013)
Turtle Talk is conducting a poll: rank the top 11 Indian law decisions of the year.

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