Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'sovereign immunity'

Retaliation case against Viejas Band dismissed

A former employee for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians won't be able to pursue claims that he was fired after he complained about a tribal elder. Jamal Kanj filed a retaliation claim with the Department of Labor. A review...

Cherokee Nation weighs move in poultry lawsuit

The Cherokee Nation is weighing its options in a lawsuit involving the state of Oklahoma and the poultry industry, Chef Chad Smith said. The tribe could intervene in the case, which was filed by state attorney general Drew Edmondson in...

9th Circuit backs immunity for tribal businesses

Tribal-owned businesses enjoy the same sovereign immunity as tribal governments, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on November 14. Christopher Cook sued AVI Casino Enterprises, a corporation owned by the Fort Mojave Tribe. He said the company was responsible...

Poultry industry cites Cherokee Nation in lawsuit

The poultry industry is making an interesting legal claim in hopes of getting a lawsuit thrown out of federal court. Tyson Foods Inc. and other companies claim the Cherokee Nation owns the Illinois River in Oklahoma. They say the lawsuit...

Opinion: Congress overlooks tribal immunity

"You recently editorialized about an earlier piece written by Frank Parlato concerning the inequality between Indian-owned and operated businesses and those non-Indian businesses trying to compete. In your editorial, you posed questions about how this unfair advantage enjoyed by Indian...

Oglala Sioux Tribe loses sovereign immunity case

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota owes an Indian-owned firm $1.2 million, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The tribe signed several contracts with C&W Enterprises for road work on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The construction...

Ex-employee claims retaliation by Viejas Band

In a case testing sovereign immunity, a former employee of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians said he was fired after he complained about a tribal elder. Jamal Kanj served as director of public works for the southern California tribe....

Legal group wants sovereign immunity reviewed

A conservative-leaning legal group wants the U.S. Supreme Court , or Congress, to review whether tribes are entitled to sovereign immunity. Pacific Legal Foundation, which has represented non-Indians in cases against tribes, asked the high court to review a case...

Supreme Court won't hear tribal immunity case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an case involving the sovereign immunity of the Blue Lake Rancheria of California. Rita Carls dued the tribe over a building defect that led to a mold infestation in her home. The...

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