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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims victory in long-running state taxation fight
Litigation
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims victory in long-running state taxation fight (September 19, 2017)
As the Trump administration debates whether to take a stand on a major taxation issue in Indian Country, one tribe is claiming victory over the state of South Dakota.

Gaming group promotes tribal interests in Supreme Court sports betting case
Legislation | Litigation
Gaming group promotes tribal interests in Supreme Court sports betting case (September 5, 2017)
Tribal sovereignty is being hindered by a long-running ban on sports betting, the American Gaming Association is telling the nation's highest court.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate (July 25, 2017)
Could 2017 finally be the year for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act?

Open Secrets: Indian gaming battles make for well-fed lobbyists
Legislation | Litigation | Public Relations
Open Secrets: Indian gaming battles make for well-fed lobbyists (June 1, 2017)
Spending on lobbying by gaming tribes hit a record high of more than $26.5 million in 2015, the same year that tribal gaming revenues experienced their highest growth in recent years.

Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision
Litigation | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision (May 17, 2017)
The dust is starting to settle after the nation's highest court delivered defeat to Indian Country in a dispute that originated at a tribal casino.

Native Sun News Today: Nation's highest court calls tribe's bluff with new decision
Connecticut | Litigation
Native Sun News Today: Nation's highest court calls tribe's bluff with new decision (May 15, 2017)
The Supreme Court has changed the rules of the game, putting tribal officials and employees at risk for damages they may incur while off the reservation.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe challenges tax on casino contractors
Compacts | Litigation
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe challenges tax on casino contractors (May 8, 2017)
A casino expansion project has led to a lawsuit against the state of South Dakota.

Peter d'Errico: Tribes should be ready to stand up for their sovereignty
Litigation | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Tribes should be ready to stand up for their sovereignty (May 3, 2017)
Are Native nations ready for the challenge to defend what is and isn’t tribal immunity law?

Supreme Court decision affects employees of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
Litigation
Supreme Court decision affects employees of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe (May 1, 2017)
The writing was on the wall for the tribal casino employees who are being sued in Louisiana state court.

Harold Monteau: Supreme Court stirs smelly pot of fish head stew with tribal decision
Opinion
Harold Monteau: Supreme Court stirs smelly pot of fish head stew with tribal decision (April 28, 2017)
The SCOTUS decision on Lewis et al. v. Clarke this week could ultimately effect the full ‘vitality’ of tribal sovereign immunity

Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit
Litigation
Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit (April 27, 2017)
The victims of a fatal crash in Texas are trying to connect the Kickapoo Tribe and its casino to the incident.

Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in own judicial system
Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in own judicial system (April 26, 2017)
The tribe's court system resolved other claims connected to the incident that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from Supreme Court in sovereignty case
Litigation | Opinion
Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from Supreme Court in sovereignty case (April 26, 2017)
Indian law expert: 'I don’t see that tribes or tribal employees lose any ground as a result of this opinion.'

Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (April 25, 2017)
While tribes are generally protected by sovereign immunity, the same does not apply to their employees, the nation's highest court ruled.

Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat to Indian Country at Supreme Court
Connecticut | Litigation
Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat to Indian Country at Supreme Court (April 25, 2017)
Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher offers some initial thoughts on the new decision in a posting on Turtle Talk.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must keep fighting despite gaming win
Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must keep fighting despite gaming win (April 21, 2017)
Casino opponents are preparing to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe scores major win in sovereignty case
Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe scores major win in sovereignty case (April 11, 2017)
In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court confirmed that the tribe can use its reservation in Massachusetts for a modest casino.

Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda
Legislation
Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda (March 30, 2017)
Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.

California tribes celebrate anniversary of Supreme Court decision
California | Legislation | Litigation
California tribes celebrate anniversary of Supreme Court decision (March 1, 2017)
The Cabazon Band and the Morongo Band secured a ruling that confirmed their sovereign right to engage in gaming.

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings
Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), whose top staffer is a tribal citizen, thinks the bill can finally become law.

Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again
Legislation
Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again (February 8, 2017)
Some Democrats on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs objected to a bill that shields tribes and their casinos from federal labor law.

Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribes
Litigation | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribes (November 14, 2016)
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that will rule on the the limits of legal immunity of tribes and their employees.

Peter d'Errico: Seminole Tribe embraces limits on sovereignty
Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Peter d'Errico: Seminole Tribe embraces limits on sovereignty (October 24, 2016)
'They are playing in a game devised entirely by the U.S. as an extension of its colonial, Christian Discovery doctrines.'

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have been seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino
California
Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino (October 12, 2016)
The loss is the latest in a string of decisions that tribes say threatens their sovereignty.

Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket
Business Deals | Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket (October 4, 2016)
Only one Indian law case is on the docket so far, a big change from last year's explosive session.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work (September 8, 2016)
Tribes have seen seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute
California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (June 27, 2016)
Indian Country rallied after two Michigan tribes lost their labor law cases but the nation's highest court won't be taking up the matter.

National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue
Public Relations
National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue (June 15, 2016)
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens worked closely with the late Catawba Nation leader and the pair were even arrested together on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill
Legislation
Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill (June 13, 2016)
Several Republicans in the Senate are supporting an amendment to include the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in a must-pass defense measure.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Opinion
Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 13, 2016)
Tribal sovereignty isn’t just a slogan, and it isn’t just limited to programs and services.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute
Legislation | Litigation
Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute (May 31, 2016)
A broad coalition of tribal organizations and even two states are arguing that federal labor law should not be imposed in Indian Country.

Indian Country pushes for action on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Indian Country pushes for action on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 7, 2016)
Tribes have been working to shore up Democratic support for a bill that exempts tribal enterprises from the National Labor Relations Act.

Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth
Legislation | Opinion
Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth (December 7, 2015)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, which exempts tribal governments from application of the National Labor Relations Act, is a rare opportunity to both support tribal sovereignty and strengthen tribal economies.

Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (December 2, 2015)
Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon was one of 24 Democrats who voted in favor of a bill that treats tribes the same as other governments under the National Labor Relations Act.

John Yellowbird Steele: Restore tribal sovereignty over labor
Legislation | Opinion
John Yellowbird Steele: Restore tribal sovereignty over labor (November 23, 2015)
President Obama: Indian gaming is governmental gaming, as Congress has declared.

Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (November 18, 2015)
Republicans eagerly lined up to explain why tribes, like state and local governments, should be exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.

White House slams Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act ahead of vote
Legislation
White House slams Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act ahead of vote (November 17, 2015)
President Barack Obama won't support H.R.511 because his administration said it doesn't offer enough protections to tribal employees, the majority of whom are non-Indians.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in House
Legislation | Litigation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in House (November 16, 2015)
Some Democrats have objected but Republicans are set to approve a bill that exempts tribes and their enterprises from the National Labor Relations Act.

NCAI pushes for court rehearing in tribal labor sovereignty case
Litigation | Regulation
NCAI pushes for court rehearing in tribal labor sovereignty case (September 1, 2015)
A disagreement among judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals could lead to another look at the application of federal labor law at casinos.

Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings | NIGC | Regulation
Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (July 22, 2015)
Members of both parties endorse labor measure at National Indian Gaming Association legislative summit in Washington, D.C.

House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (July 20, 2015)
The bill exempts tribes and their casinos from the National Labor Relations Act.

Law Article: Major impact with federal labor law at tribal casinos
Litigation
Law Article: Major impact with federal labor law at tribal casinos (July 8, 2015)
It is a touchstone principle of federal Indian law that tribes, as quasi-sovereign nations, possess the inherent right to self-govern, generally to the exclusion of state and federal laws.

Law Article: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe loses decision in NLRB dispute
Litigation | Opinion
Law Article: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe loses decision in NLRB dispute (July 6, 2015)
Weighing in on a hotly contested issue, a panel of the Sixth Circuit has found that federal labor law applies to Indian tribes’ casinos, notwithstanding the tribes’ inherent sovereignty.

Brian Pierson: Tribal labor sovereignty could land in Supreme Court
Litigation | Opinion
Brian Pierson: Tribal labor sovereignty could land in Supreme Court (July 3, 2015)
Four of the six judges in the Sixth Circuit who have examined the issue, in two different cases, have concluded that the NLRA has no jurisdiction over the tribes. The tribes have lost both cases!

Pierre Bergeron: Judges split on federal labor law at tribal casinos
Litigation | Opinion
Pierre Bergeron: Judges split on federal labor law at tribal casinos (July 3, 2015)
Although the court has been restricting en banc review, such a flagrant disagreement between two panels certainly should attract en banc attention.

Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute (July 1, 2015)
The three judges went to great lengths to explain why they were unable to side with the tribe in an unfair labor practices complaint.

Brian Patterson: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act restores our rights
Legislation | Opinion
Brian Patterson: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act restores our rights (June 19, 2015)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act restores parity to all sovereign governments across the United States.

House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 15, 2015)
The bill to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exercising jurisdiction in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Law Article: Uncertainty abounds with federal labor law at casinos
Legislation | Litigation
Law Article: Uncertainty abounds with federal labor law at casinos (June 15, 2015)
What is becoming clear is that nothing is settled, and this issue is likely headed for the Supreme Court or a possible legislative 'fix.'

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