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Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisisFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)
The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.
Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme CourtFiled Under: 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.
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal supportFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment disputeFiled Under: Law
Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment dispute (April 6, 2017)
Rosanna Miranda and her relatives haven't decided whether to take the case to the nation's highest court.
Robert Odawi Porter: Indian Country gains with Supreme Court pickFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Robert Odawi Porter: Indian Country gains with Supreme Court pick (April 4, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch brings a wealth of Indian law knowledge to the courts not likely to be matched by the next nominee if he is not confirmed.
John Berrey: Indian Country's best nominee for the Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
John Berrey: Indian Country's best nominee for the Supreme Court (April 3, 2017)
Indian country has long sought a Supreme Court nominee like Neil Gorsuch.
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)
After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.
Agua Caliente Band sees challenge to landmark water rights rulingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band sees challenge to landmark water rights ruling (March 30, 2017)
Two water districts in southern California are going to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the tribe's victory.
Steve Russell: Losing our status as 'domestic dependent nations'Filed Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Losing our status as 'domestic dependent nations' (March 27, 2017)
Indian nations have a method to render themselves before U.S. law equal to Walmart, Exxon and Apple.
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee (March 23, 2017)
Wednesday was just another busy day for Neil Gorsuch and the federal appeals court where he has served as a judge for a decade.
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court systemFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (March 23, 2017)
Tribal citizens who have been punished by their governments are finding few allies in the federal court system but that isn't stopping them from seeking justice.
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriageFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (March 21, 2017)
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.
Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity caseFiled Under: 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 recordFiled Under: 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.
Agua Caliente Band wins major decision on rights to groundwaterFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band wins major decision on rights to groundwater (March 7, 2017)
A federal appeals court sided with the southern California tribe in the critical first stage of the case.
Supreme Court turns down another tribal disenrollment disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court turns down another tribal disenrollment dispute (February 27, 2017)
The #StopDisenrollment movement continues to gain steam across the nation but there's still one place where it hasn't caught on.
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case (February 22, 2017)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe can't exercise authority in a border town known as Riverton.
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agendaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit (February 8, 2017)
Two tribal citizens are disputing how the remaining $380 million in settlement funds will be used.
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (February 1, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.
President Trump ready to announce choice for vacant Supreme Court seatFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
President Trump ready to announce choice for vacant Supreme Court seat (January 30, 2017)
Tribes pay close attention to the nation's highest court because the decisions carry significant impacts in their communities.
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.
Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 9, 2017)
A Choctaw Nation girl will remain with her relatives instead of being displaced by a non-Indian foster couple.
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundaryFiled Under: Law | Trust
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundary (December 14, 2016)
Chairman Brian Cladoosby: 'Our people have been fighting for this since 1873.'
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (December 8, 2016)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: 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.
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DCFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Sports
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DC (November 11, 2016)
Will the new Republican president change everything, except the racist mascot?
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land disputeFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (November 10, 2016)
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.
Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land disputeFiled Under: Law
Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land dispute (November 7, 2016)
It looks like it's the end of the road for a group of Mdewakanton descendants who have been seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors.
Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascotFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Sports
Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascot (November 7, 2016)
The ad features an all-White, all-male group of football fans who are portrayed as having game day ruined by Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court still clinging to racist doctrineFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court still clinging to racist doctrine (November 3, 2016)
'The same doctrine of Christian discovery and domination that Columbus had used to claim various non-Christian islands was used by Justice Ginsburg as the backdrop for her legal opinion in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York.'
Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for firing employeeFiled Under: 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.
Sen. John McCain doesn't want more 'liberal' justices on Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Sen. John McCain doesn't want more 'liberal' justices on Supreme Court (October 11, 2016)
Indian Country pays close attention to the Supreme Court due to the potential for damaging rulings on sovereignty, land and other issues.
Washington NFL team requests delay in racist trademark disputeFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Washington NFL team requests delay in racist trademark dispute (October 4, 2016)
After making an unusual and urgent plea to the nation's highest court, the team is now seeking to delay the proceedings.
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascotFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot (September 29, 2016)
A lower court has yet to rule on the team's trademark fight against Native youth activists.
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.
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forwardFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)
Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.
Supreme Court weighs petition in case tied to racist NFL mascotFiled Under: Law | Sports
Supreme Court weighs petition in case tied to racist NFL mascot (September 20, 2016)
The Washington team is hoping to secure a victory even before Native youth activists get a chance to make their case.
California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girlFiled Under: Law | National
California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl (September 15, 2016)
A non-Indian couple is now planning to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land caseFiled Under: Law | National
Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land case (September 1, 2016)
In 1863, Congress promised 12 square miles in present-day Minnesota to the loyal Mdewakanton but the land was never set aside for the people.
Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare Act (August 24, 2016)
The next justice likely will have to sift through zealous, emotional attacks on ICWA, Indian tribes and Indian people.
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal courtFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (August 22, 2016)
The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Alaska tribes enter new era as state drops land-into-trust battleFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribes enter new era as state drops land-into-trust battle (August 16, 2016)
Tribes in Alaska will finally be able to follow the land-into-trust process just like their brothers and sisters in the Lower 48.
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another timeFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another time (August 10, 2016)
The tribe has won the case seven times in the last 40 years. But officials in Utah keep on fighting.
Shingle Springs Band wins ruling in dispute over sovereign immunityFiled Under: 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.
Winona LaDuke: Maybe it's time to work closely with tribal nationsFiled Under: Business | First Nations in Canada | Law | Opinion
Winona LaDuke: Maybe it's time to work closely with tribal nations (August 8, 2016)
For the people of White Earth and other tribes, both cases may mean that our tribal government and legal institutions may be able to protect citizens from non Indian businesses who break our laws.
Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribes (August 8, 2016)
The biggest obstacle to crafting one story to govern Indian land titles is that no such story existed that could account for all the facts on the ground.
Linda Greenhouse: Breaking into the Supreme Court's mens clubFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Linda Greenhouse: Breaking into the Supreme Court's mens club (August 4, 2016)
Linda Greenhouse reflects on the impact and influence of Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court.
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute (August 3, 2016)
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.
Steven Newcomb: Scratching the surface on the basis of Indian lawFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Scratching the surface on the basis of Indian law (August 1, 2016)
Even stone silence can speak volumes of denial, and raises a central question for certain members of the federal Indian law community.
Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian CountryFiled Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian Country (July 22, 2016)
Tribes sent representatives and some tribal citizens were there too but Indian Country was missing from the big picture.
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 (July 19, 2016)
As attorney general of California, Kamala Harris has repeatedly fought tribes on land-into-trust issues.
Mike Myers: Sovereign rights at risk in the courts of the settlersFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Mike Myers: Sovereign rights at risk in the courts of the settlers (July 18, 2016)
Every time we go before a settler court we are dealing with an entity quite incapable of seeing us as national entities possessing the same rights as any country in the world.
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in HouseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)
Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust landsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (July 12, 2016)
For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)
Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own peopleFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own people (July 11, 2016)
The justice system on many reservations is a disaster thanks to our desire to respect 'tribal sovereignty.'
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)
Republicans are leading efforts to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

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