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Paskenta Band seeks to freeze assets in connection with $6M theftFiled Under: Law
Paskenta Band seeks to freeze assets in connection with $6M theft (01/10)
A former official and two former employees have been indicted in federal court for allegedly stealing from the California tribe.
Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient OneFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient One (12/12)
The Kennewick Man will finally be coming home once President Barack Obama signs a national water bill into law.
Navajo Nation youth battle coal-fired power plant on reservationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Navajo Nation youth battle coal-fired power plant on reservation (11/18)
A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in two cases affecting the Navajo Generating Station.
Agua Caliente Band back in federal court to defend water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band back in federal court to defend water rights (10/20)
The tribe won a major decision confirming its right to groundwater on the southern California reservation but two local agencies are appealing.
Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals courtFiled Under: Business | Law
Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals court (09/01)
The Washington tribe is challenging a federal tax that was imposed on a business that operates on an allotment within reservation boundaries.
Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freewayFiled Under: Environment | Law
Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freeway (09/01)
The Arizona tribe says the South Mountain Freeway will destroy one of its most sacred sites.
Harold Monteau: Tribal lending industry facing major challengesFiled Under: Business | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Tribal lending industry facing major challenges (08/26)
The Tribal Lending Industry is now weathering a 'Perfect Storm' of Private Civil Litigation, CFPB enforcement actions and Criminal Indictments.
Shingle Springs Band wins ruling in dispute over sovereign immunityFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Shingle Springs Band wins ruling in dispute over sovereign immunity (08/09)
The dispute arose after a former employee sued the tribe in California state court.
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute (08/03)
Even though Edgar Alvirez won a reversal, the case took so long to resolve that he completed the terms of his sentence for an assault on an Indian woman.
President Obama endorses land-into-trust foe in Senate contest in CaliforniaFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
President Obama endorses land-into-trust foe in Senate contest in California (07/19)
As attorney general of California, Kamala Harris has repeatedly fought tribes on land-into-trust issues.
Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearingFiled Under: Law | National
Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing (07/14)
More than 150 people who were disenrolled say the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a duty to protect their rights.
Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute (07/08)
Leaders of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California have removed hundreds of people from the rolls and no one has the power to stop them.
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction disputeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute (06/28)
A case that Indian Country all but forgot was disposed by the nation's highest court without comment after a lengthy delay.
Washington tribes win major fishing rights decision at appeals courtFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Washington tribes win major fishing rights decision at appeals court (06/27)
By a unanimous vote, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the state of Washington continues to violate tribal treaties.
9th Circuit rules Indian defendant can't blame 'historical trauma'Filed Under: Law
9th Circuit rules Indian defendant can't blame 'historical trauma' (06/17)
Calvert Woody, a member of the Navajo Nation, tried to suppress incriminating statements he gave in his criminal sexual abuse case.
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (06/14)
Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.
Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal systemFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (06/13)
A unanimous decision from the nation's highest court ensures that Native women in all states can be protected by a federal law that was written to address high rates of violence in tribal communities.
Native voters in California face unique choices in Senate electionFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Native voters in California face unique choices in Senate election (06/08)
One candidate fought tribes on land-into-trust issue while the other had to apologize for making offensive remarks.
Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps'Filed Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps' (06/07)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a 1,341-page proposal that imposes standards on all lenders, including those operated by tribes.
Supreme Court won't take up dispute over solar plant on sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Supreme Court won't take up dispute over solar plant on sacred land (06/06)
A group of plaintiffs that included an elder from the Fort Mojave Tribe challenged the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in southern California.
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe disenrollment fight appears to be overFiled Under: Law | Politics
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe disenrollment fight appears to be over (06/01)
An attempt to remove 74 people from the rolls left one faction of the tribe on the losing end of a federal court decision.
Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remainsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains (04/28)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has once again confirmed that the remains known to the tribe as the Ancient One are Native American.
Pit River Tribe claims victory in long-running sacred site disputeFiled Under: Environment | Law
Pit River Tribe claims victory in long-running sacred site dispute (04/26)
The tribe and allies have been fighting to protect Medicine Lake from a geothermal energy plant for more than a decade.
Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race case (04/25)
Damien Zepeda, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will continue to serve a lengthy prison sentence for a crime he committed in 2008.
Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence case (04/25)
The hearing ran about 15 minutes shorter than the allotted hour because the justices had fewer questions than normal for both sides in the case.
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church defends drug use and sex healingFiled Under: Law | National
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church defends drug use and sex healing (04/20)
The group claims marijuana as a sacrament and has become affiliated with an Arizona woman who was recently found guilty of prostitution.
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systemsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (04/19)
A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docketFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (04/18)
US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.
Colville Tribes upset by release of toxic mining chemicals into riverFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Environment | Law | National
Colville Tribes upset by release of toxic mining chemicals into river (04/15)
A Canadian company that claims it is above U.S. law has once again released toxic chemicals into the Columbia River system.
Cronkite News: Navajo man convicted as teen wins resentencingFiled Under: Law | National
Cronkite News: Navajo man convicted as teen wins resentencing (04/12)
A federal appeals court ordered a resentencing Monday for a Navajo Nation man who was sentenced to life without parole for murder and conspiracy to murder in 2002, when he was just 16 years old.
Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race caseFiled Under: Law | National
Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race case (04/12)
A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church loses decision on marijuana useFiled Under: Law
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church loses decision on marijuana use (04/07)
The controversial Oklevueha Native American Church claims marijuana as a sacrament in addition to peyote.
Navajo Nation wins ruling for remains removed from reservationFiled Under: Environment | Law
Navajo Nation wins ruling for remains removed from reservation (04/07)
The National Park Service has been holding onto 303 ancestors that were taken from the Canyon De Chelly National Monument.
Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issuesFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issues (03/28)
A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'
Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case (03/28)
The Organized Village of Kake won a decision that protects the Tongass National Forest from roads, logging and other development.
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.
Alaska Natives seek fair consideration of Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Alaska Natives seek fair consideration of Supreme Court nominee (03/14)
President Barack Obama is reportedly close to announcing his pick for the nation's highest court.
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (03/11)
Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.
9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham NationFiled Under: Law
9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham Nation (03/10)
The non-Indian defendant questioned whether the homicide victim was 'Indian' in what the appeals court said was a question of first impression.
Appeals court rejects challenge to solar plant on sacred tribal landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Appeals court rejects challenge to solar plant on sacred tribal land (03/08)
The Obama administration fast-tracked the Genesis Solar Power Project in California over the objections of tribes.
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case (02/16)
Before the passing of Antonin Scalia, the justices agreed to determine whether tribal court convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fightFiled Under: Education | Environment | Law
Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fight (02/02)
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.
Agua Caliente Band remains patient in dispute over water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law
Agua Caliente Band remains patient in dispute over water rights (01/27)
Even though resolution could take years, Chairman Jeff Grubbe said the water rights lawsuit was a top priority for the tribe.
Supreme Court declines NAGPRA case affecting Kumeyaay NationFiled Under: Education | Environment | Law
Supreme Court declines NAGPRA case affecting Kumeyaay Nation (01/25)
A group of professors is trying to prevent the University of California from returning remains to the tribes.
9th Circuit hears arguments in Timbisha Shoshone Tribe disputeFiled Under: Law | Politics
9th Circuit hears arguments in Timbisha Shoshone Tribe dispute (01/05)
Several former leaders of the tribe have accused the Bureau of Indian Affairs of repeatedly interfering with their self-governance.
Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case (12/17)
The U.S. Supreme Court is looking closely at a federal law aimed at protecting Native women from repeat domestic violence offenders.
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute (12/14)
The justices will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Supreme Court blocks Native Hawaiian self-governance voteFiled Under: Law | Federal Recognition
Supreme Court blocks Native Hawaiian self-governance vote (12/03)
Native Hawaiians who are trying to form their own government were dealt another setback by the nation's highest court.
Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case (11/13)
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native women everywhere are protected from repeat domestic violence offenders.
Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA caseFiled Under: Law
Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case (11/12)
The tribe objected when two children were put up for adoption but later removed them from the rolls.
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case (11/11)
The Obama administration is warning that American Indian and Alaska Native women could be terrorized even more unless the justices resolve an issue affecting repeat offenders.
Agua Caliente Band seeks support at critical stage in water rights caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band seeks support at critical stage in water rights case (11/02)
Tribal advocates are worried that a negative ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could have an impact across Indian Country.
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law casesFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (10/05)
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.
Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law casesFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases (09/22)
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.
Coquille Tribe to move ahead with long-delayed timber harvestFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law
Coquille Tribe to move ahead with long-delayed timber harvest (09/16)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge brought by environmental groups.
Kumeyaay Nation still waiting to repatriate ancestors despite court winFiled Under: Education | Environment | Law | National
Kumeyaay Nation still waiting to repatriate ancestors despite court win (08/27)
Remains that have been declared to be 'Native American' remain in limbo under a lawsuit filed by professors at the University of California.
Seminole Tribe wins major decision in taxation dispute in FloridaFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Seminole Tribe wins major decision in taxation dispute in Florida (08/26)
In a unanimous decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rental tax that was imposed on the reservation.
Sen. Murray introduces bill to repatriate Kennewick Man to tribesFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sen. Murray introduces bill to repatriate Kennewick Man to tribes (08/10)
S.1979, the Bring the Ancient One Home Act, would finally allow Pacific Northwest tribes to rebury one of their ancestors.
9th Circuit sides with Suquamish Tribe in fishing rights disputeFiled Under: Environment | Law
9th Circuit sides with Suquamish Tribe in fishing rights dispute (07/28)
A dispute arose with the Tulalip Tribes, whose leaders tried to exclude certain fishing grounds from a ruling made back in 1975.
Appeals court sides with Pit River Tribe in sacred site disputeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Appeals court sides with Pit River Tribe in sacred site dispute (07/21)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has once again revived a challenge to a proposed geothermal plant near sacred Medicine Lake.

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