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Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firmFiled Under: Law | Politics
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (April 25, 2017)
Larry Roberts is the latest high-profile addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in OklahomaFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law
Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma (March 28, 2017)
The 38 individual Indian owners went to court after an energy company continued to operate the pipeline without their consent.
Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C.Filed Under: Law | Politics
Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C. (February 27, 2017)
Hillary Tompkins, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, was the first Native woman to serve as the top legal official at the Interior Department.
Former ambassador Keith Harper returns to Washington after United Nations stintFiled Under: National | Politics | World
Former ambassador Keith Harper returns to Washington after United Nations stint (February 2, 2017)
Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was the first member of a federally recognized tribe to serve in an ambassador-level post.
American Bar Association honors prominent Indian law attorneyFiled Under: Law
American Bar Association honors prominent Indian law attorney (January 12, 2017)
Thomas W. Fredericks, a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, has worked on tribal issues for nearly 45 years.
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendumFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (November 10, 2016)
The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.
Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereignty (October 19, 2016)
'I will continue to write about issues and activities in Indian Country that I see as potentially harmful to Tribes and Tribal Sovereignty.'
Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in chargeFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge (October 14, 2016)
Chief Justice Bob Kelly is reviewing a disenrollment lawsuit in which he is named as a defendant.
Dakota Access tries to sneak in report on eve of big court hearingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Dakota Access tries to sneak in report on eve of big court hearing (October 4, 2016)
The backers of the controversial and costly pipeline are seeking to regain an advantage as construction remains in limbo.
Another big week as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to courtFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another big week as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to court (October 3, 2016)
Sacred sites and big dollar signs are in focus as a federal appeals court takes on the #NoDAPL controversy.
Dakota Access enlists big name law firm ahead of court hearingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access enlists big name law firm ahead of court hearing (September 29, 2016)
The backers of the controversial pipeline aren't leaving anything to chance as they prepare for the October 5 hearing.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question lawFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (June 10, 2016)
Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.
Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land disputeFiled Under: 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.
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grantsFiled Under: Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (May 25, 2016)
Grants will be awarded to non-profits, tribal programs and educational institutions that provide services to Native farmers and ranchers.
Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firmFiled Under: Law
Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firm (May 20, 2016)
The tribe had accused attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of fraud and racketeering but lost.
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grantsFiled Under: Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants (May 17, 2016)
The Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund will award the funds by the end of the year.
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues IHS over shutdownFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues IHS over shutdown (May 6, 2016)
In an effort to hold the federal government responsible for promises made to the Lakota people, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has partnered with some heavy hitters to reopen the emergency room on the reservation.
Indian Health Service reaches agreements for troubled facilitiesFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service reaches agreements for troubled facilities (May 2, 2016)
The Rosebud and Pine Ridge hospitals can continue to bill for Medicaid and Medicare services while improvements are being made.
Donald Trump advisor filed lawsuit to stop transfer of dam to tribeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump advisor filed lawsuit to stop transfer of dam to tribe (April 20, 2016)
Attorney Joseph E. Schmitz was behind the case that made included outlandish assertions about the alleged influence of the 'Islamic Government' of Turkey in Indian Country.
Washington rally draws attention to tribal disenrollment epidemicFiled Under: Law | National
Washington rally draws attention to tribal disenrollment epidemic (April 18, 2016)
Controversy is centering on the Nooksack Tribe, whose leaders are trying to remove 306 people from the rolls.
Native Sun News: Alex White Plume weighs next move on hempFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Alex White Plume weighs next move on hemp (April 12, 2016)
After living under the watchful eye of the federal government for the last 15 years, the trailblazing Pine Ridge hemp farmer can finally breathe a measure of relief.
Peter d'Errico: Nooksack Tribe fuels bad stereotypes about courtsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Nooksack Tribe fuels bad stereotypes about courts (March 25, 2016)
Native government actions that undermine confidence in justice and fairness add fuel to anti-Indian forces.
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw NationFiled Under: Law | National
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation (March 24, 2016)
The campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act extends to conservative organizations and conservative media.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in CaliforniaFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California (March 23, 2016)
A Choctaw Nation girl is now living with relatives -- including a sibling -- in Utah but that isn't stopping a California couple from trying to claim custody.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute (March 22, 2016)
Despite losing in the court system, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., has succeed in drawing negative attention to the law and to the Choctaw Nation in a case from California.
Nooksack Tribe slammed by judge for disbarring lawyer and firmFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe slammed by judge for disbarring lawyer and firm (March 22, 2016)
The Nooksack 306, a group of 306 people who are facing disenrollment, lost their strongest advocate when the tribal council disbarred Gabe Galanda and the Galanda Broadman firm.
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll even more people amid big fightFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll even more people amid big fight (March 17, 2016)
The Washington tribe has apparently added 40 more people to the list of 306 who are already facing removal.
Nooksack Tribe interferes with judicial branch and disbars law firmFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe interferes with judicial branch and disbars law firm (March 9, 2016)
The tribal council disbarred prominent attorney Gabe Galanda, apparently without advance notice, leaving 306 disenrollees without a key advocate.
Ex-Interior Department attorney joins prominent Indian law firmFiled Under: Law
Ex-Interior Department attorney joins prominent Indian law firm (February 25, 2016)
Vanessa Ray-Hodge, who spent nearly six years as senior counselor to the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, has joined Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxesFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxes (December 2, 2015)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has voluntarily caved in – allowing the state of Montana to collect taxes on gasoline and tobacco products on the reservation.
Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residentsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents (November 23, 2015)
An order that deprived Oglala Lakota County residents of the right to sit on trial juries in cases originating in their county has been ruled illegal.
Former Indian Affairs attorney at Interior Department joins firmFiled Under: Law
Former Indian Affairs attorney at Interior Department joins firm (September 30, 2015)
Venus Prince, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is working for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington, D.C.
Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise CobellFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Law
Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell (September 18, 2015)
The late lead plaintiff sought an additional $10.5 million cover expenses incurred during the course of her 15-year fight to hold the federal government accountable.
Obama settles long-running tribal contract support costs casesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Obama settles long-running tribal contract support costs cases (September 17, 2015)
A class action lawsuit filed by the Ramah Navajo Chapter, Zuni Pueblo and the Oglala Sioux Tribe has finally been resolved.
Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxesFiled Under: Law
Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxes (September 15, 2015)
A deferred per capita plan is a plan sponsored by an Indian tribal government that permits its members to voluntarily invest a portion of their per capita distributions in a tax-deferred savings vehicle.
Turtle Talk removes briefs in Grand Ronde disenrollment disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Turtle Talk removes briefs in Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute (September 10, 2015)
The tribe's attorneys were seeking contempt of court sanctions against a law firm and 86 descendants of a chief who signed an 1855 treaty.
Navajo Nation cites 'culture of distrust' with Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation cites 'culture of distrust' with Gold King Mine spill (September 10, 2015)
Tribal leaders felt misled by the Environmental Protection Agency soon after the August 5 incident at the abandoned mine in Colorado.
Grande Ronde Tribes take another shot at descendants of chiefFiled Under: Law | National
Grande Ronde Tribes take another shot at descendants of chief (September 8, 2015)
Not only are 86 people being removed from the tribe, they are facing contempt of court sanctions for speaking out about their plight.
Navajo Nation hires firm to pursue Gold King Mine spill lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation hires firm to pursue Gold King Mine spill lawsuit (September 1, 2015)
An August 5 incident at an abandoned mine in Colorado sent 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the water system.
County hopes to revive foreclosure lawsuit against Cayuga NationFiled Under: 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.
Judge can't reopen Keepseagle case after $380M goes unspentFiled Under: Law | National
Judge can't reopen Keepseagle case after $380M goes unspent (July 27, 2015)
The lead plaintiffs wanted another round of payments while the Obama administration and other attorneys wanted to create a new trust fund with the leftover money.
Hualapai Tribe accused of bias in suit by former executiveFiled Under: Business | Law
Hualapai Tribe accused of bias in suit by former executive (July 17, 2015)
The former CEO of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation claims she was fired because of her sexual orientation.
Marshall Matz: Fight for $380M in Keepseagle funds continuesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Marshall Matz: Fight for $380M in Keepseagle funds continues (July 1, 2015)
Do you remember the class action litigation Keepseagle v. USDA claiming discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers?
North Dakota court reprimands ex-attorney for Oglala Sioux TribeFiled Under: Law
North Dakota court reprimands ex-attorney for Oglala Sioux Tribe (June 12, 2015)
Bernice Delorme has faced disciplinary actions in multiple tribal and state jurisdictions.
Judge sanctions plaintiffs and attorneys in Dakota land disputeFiled Under: 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 SkywalkFiled Under: 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.
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act (May 27, 2015)
Two adoption groups are questioning the legality of the decades-old law along with new guidelines issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Jodi Gillette exits White House and joins Indian law firm in DCFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Jodi Gillette exits White House and joins Indian law firm in DC (May 14, 2015)
After six years in the Obama administration, former White House advisor Jodi Gillette is starting a new chapter in her career.
Miccosukee Tribe fires attorney after being hit with huge fineFiled Under: Law
Miccosukee Tribe fires attorney after being hit with huge fine (May 12, 2015)
Bernardo Roman III was escorted out of his office and told to leave the reservation last week.
Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leaderFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leader (May 4, 2015)
Chairman Ken St. Marks was the victim of retaliation, according to the Interior Department, but rival leaders won't be bringing him back on board.
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe cites treaty in bid to oust Keystone XL firmFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe cites treaty in bid to oust Keystone XL firm (May 1, 2015)
Acting Chairman Kevin Wright is making the tribe's opposition to the pipeline clear following the passing of the late Michael Jandreau.
Acting chairman of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe fires outside attorneysFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Acting chairman of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe fires outside attorneys (April 9, 2015)
Big changes are in store for the tribe with the passing of Chairman Michael Jandreau, who led his people for 36 years.
California Indian Legal Services announces new VAWA projectFiled Under: Law | National
California Indian Legal Services announces new VAWA project (April 6, 2015)
The project will provide advocacy and legal services to domestic violence survivors in San Diego County.
Law firm hosts tribes for session on marijuana in Indian CountryFiled Under:
Law firm hosts tribes for session on marijuana in Indian Country (March 26, 2015)
Ten tribes reportedly attended the meeting to learn more about the emerging marijuana industry.
Native Sun News: Tribe seeks boycott of Rapid City newspaperFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Tribe seeks boycott of Rapid City newspaper (March 24, 2015)
Mistakes in journalism are a daily and frequent occurrence; stories are retracted, apologies are often made.
Native Sun News: Former US Attorney reflects on Indian casesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Former US Attorney reflects on Indian cases (March 19, 2015)
Many Native Americans felt secure when five years ago, it was announced that the son of one of Indian Countries closest allies was appointed to the post of U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota.
Oglala Sioux Tribe bans attorney in racial hockey game incidentFiled Under: Law | National
Oglala Sioux Tribe bans attorney in racial hockey game incident (March 5, 2015)
Attorney Patrick Duffy is representing the man who has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for harassing 57 Indian students.
US Attorneys in North and South Dakota resign to work at firmFiled Under: Law
US Attorneys in North and South Dakota resign to work at firm (February 20, 2015)
Tim Purdon from North Dakota and Brendan Johnson from South Dakota are known for putting a priority on Indian Country.
Federal judge hits Miccosukee Tribe lawyer with $1M in sanctionsFiled Under: Law
Federal judge hits Miccosukee Tribe lawyer with $1M in sanctions (January 16, 2015)
Bernardo Roman III was ordered to pay $1 million for pursuing a baseless lawsuit against the tribe's former law firm.
Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land disputeFiled Under: 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.

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