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Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
Law | National
Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)
An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
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Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (February 21, 2018)
The nation's highest court has turned away another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative'
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Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative' (January 26, 2018)
Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.

Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case
Law
Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case (January 24, 2018)
Oral arguments have been scheduled in the second Indian law case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project
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San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project (January 24, 2018)
A $600,000 grant will enable the Tribal Supreme Court Project to advocate for Indian Country at the highest court in the land.

Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out
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Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out (January 23, 2018)
Indian farmers and ranchers who experienced discrimination at the Department of Agriculture will have to wait even longer for resolution of the historic Keepseagle lawsuit.

Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest
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Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest (January 23, 2018)
The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a climate change dispute that drew intense interest among Alaska Natives.

White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case
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White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)
The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)
The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.

Nisenan Tribe back to square one after losing federal recognition lawsuit
Law | Federal Recognition
Nisenan Tribe back to square one after losing federal recognition lawsuit (January 17, 2018)
The Nisenan Tribe, one of the many victims of the disastrous termination policy, is still fighting to regain federal recognition.

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket
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Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket (January 16, 2018)
The U.S. Supreme Court could soon be delivering another jolt to Indian Country, as another treaty rights case is looming on the horizon.

Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case
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Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case (January 15, 2018)
The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.

House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
National | Politics | Trust
House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians (January 15, 2018)
Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.

Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court
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Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court (January 10, 2018)
Indian farmers and ranchers are on pins and needles as they wait for another round of payments from the historic yet mangled Keepseagle lawsuit.

President Trump disputes 'FAKE NEWS' about his Supreme Court nomination
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President Trump disputes 'FAKE NEWS' about his Supreme Court nomination (December 19, 2017)
President Donald Trump is denying he considered rescinding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic
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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic (December 18, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the opioid epidemic in northeastern Oklahoma but the tribe's lawsuit may never get off the ground.

Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
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Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)
The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.

Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
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Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court (December 12, 2017)
The conservative Goldwater Institute is attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act again, this time in a dispute involving the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe (December 11, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court has been relatively uneventful so far for Indian Country but a little shakeup is on the way.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple (December 6, 2017)
Supreme Court justices wrestled with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.

Agua Caliente Band clears big hurdle in battle to protect groundwater in California
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Agua Caliente Band clears big hurdle in battle to protect groundwater in California (November 27, 2017)
In a big win for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the nation's highest court has rejected a challenge to the tribe's historic water rights ruling.

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory
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Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)
After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.

Agency that targets tribal lenders faces leadership test as rivals claim control
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Agency that targets tribal lenders faces leadership test as rivals claim control (November 27, 2017)
A leadership struggle is emerging at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent federal agency that has targeted tribal lenders.

Tribes see opening under Trump to reshape agency that targets lending industry
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Tribes see opening under Trump to reshape agency that targets lending industry (November 17, 2017)
The leader of an independent federal agency that has targeted the tribal lending industry will be stepping down, opening the door for President Donald Trump to reshape its efforts.

President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
Health | National | Politics
President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)
Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.

Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
Law | National
Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)
A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case
Law | National
Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case (November 1, 2017)
The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
Law | National
Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (October 30, 2017)
Another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act has been rebuffed by the nation's highest court but the fight is far from over.

David Ganje: South Dakota signs onto anti-tribal brief in Supreme Court water case
Law | Opinion
David Ganje: South Dakota signs onto anti-tribal brief in Supreme Court water case (October 25, 2017)
South Dakota hasn't entered into any tribal water settlement agreements even though this issue has been on the table for decades.

Osage Nation clears another hurdle in long-running fight with wind farm in Oklahoma
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Osage Nation clears another hurdle in long-running fight with wind farm in Oklahoma (October 24, 2017)
The Osage Nation has cleared another hurdle its long-running dispute with a wind farm in Oklahoma but the battle is far from over.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
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Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease
Law
Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease (October 10, 2017)
It looks like a long-running lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and a non-Indian tenant is finally over.

Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement
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Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement (October 2, 2017)
A federal appeals court won't rehear a challenge to the remaining funds in the $680 million Keepseagle settlement even as the Trump administration characterized it as a bad deal.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons
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Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons (September 8, 2017)
The Trump administration is siding with a business in Colorado that won't serve all patrons based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington
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Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington (August 29, 2017)
The release of countless farmed salmon into treaty fishing grounds isn't the only crisis facing tribes in Washington -- the state is pursuing an appeal in a critical case.

Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case
Law
Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case (August 22, 2017)
A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe can be prosecuted by tribal and federal authorities for the same crime because they are separate sovereigns, a federal appeals court ruled.

Supreme Court justice speaks at Trump hotel before hearing Trump travel ban
Law | Politics
Supreme Court justice speaks at Trump hotel before hearing Trump travel ban (August 18, 2017)
The newest member of the Supreme Court, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, is headlining an event at a Trump-branded hotel just days before he hears a key dispute involving the president.

Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
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Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)
Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.

Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming
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Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming (August 14, 2017)
The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government.

Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets
Opinion
Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets (August 11, 2017)
While America is spending billions attacking other sovereign nations, there is still a dark secret it is hiding in its own backyard.

Agua Caliente Band faces opposition from states as Supreme Court weighs water case
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Agua Caliente Band faces opposition from states as Supreme Court weighs water case (August 10, 2017)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians hasn't even had time to defend its water rights and already 10 state governments are opposing the tribe.

Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation
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Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation (August 9, 2017)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming a federal court decision that confirms the boundaries of its reservation in Oklahoma remain intact.

Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma
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Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma (August 8, 2017)
A citizen of the Muscogee Nation has secured a stunning court victory that not only reverses his death penalty conviction but also reaffirms the historic boundaries of his tribe's reservation.

Department of Justice denies change in policy with affirmative action probe
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Department of Justice denies change in policy with affirmative action probe (August 3, 2017)
The Department of Justice is refuting news reports about potential changes in its treatment of affirmative action admissions policies.

Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court
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Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court (August 2, 2017)
The nation's largest reservation. A business-friendly president. The owner of Dakota Access. What could go wrong here?

Agua Caliente Band water case draws attention in Supreme Court appeal
Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band water case draws attention in Supreme Court appeal (August 1, 2017)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians secured a huge victory in its water rights case earlier this year but the nation's highest court could overturn the ruling.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
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Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)
Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

Conservative group launches another attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
Law | National
Conservative group launches another attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (July 24, 2017)
A conservative group with a history of attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act is back at it, advancing a faulty premise in a petition to the nation's highest court.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

Steven Newcomb: Christian domination serves as basis for 'Indian' law
Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Christian domination serves as basis for 'Indian' law (July 20, 2017)
Most Native people still do not realize that a mentally created ‘reality’ of Christian domination is embedded in the Johnson v. M’Intosh ruling, Steven Newcomb writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county
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Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (July 19, 2017)
The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation
Law | National
Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)
Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)
A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Agua Caliente Band water case heads to Supreme Court for consideration
Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band water case heads to Supreme Court for consideration (July 6, 2017)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians won a major decision confirming its groundwater rights but two local agencies are asking the nation's highest court to overturn the ruling.

Penobscot Nation loses claim to ownership of namesake river in Maine
Environment | Law | National
Penobscot Nation loses claim to ownership of namesake river in Maine (July 5, 2017)
A long-running dispute over the ownership of the Penbscot River in Maine has resulted in defeat for the Penobscot Nation.

Editorial: No victory for Washington NFL team's racist trademarks
Opinion | Sports
Editorial: No victory for Washington NFL team's racist trademarks (July 5, 2017)
The Washington Post 's editorial board again calls on Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder to change the name.

Native activists concede loss in dispute over NFL team's racist trademarks
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Native activists concede loss in dispute over NFL team's racist trademarks (June 30, 2017)
A group of young Native activists, led by Navajo citizen Amanda Blackhorse, agree their landmark case is over.

Trump administration gives up in NFL team's racist trademark dispute
Law | National | Sports
Trump administration gives up in NFL team's racist trademark dispute (June 29, 2017)
The legal battle over the Washington NFL team's racist trademarks is essentially over.

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