Friday, January 27, 2012

New "Walking on Common Ground" website addresses tribal-state court cooperation


The Tribal Law and Policy Institute launched the Walking on Common Ground website to address tribal-state collaboration.  
The website's focus will be to:
•    Identify and develop resources concerning tribal/state court collaboration & promising practices.
•    Identify and develop resources concerning Public Law 280 tribal/state court collaboration & promising practices.
•    Include subject areas such as courts, law enforcement, detention, child welfare, and multi-agency agreements.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NCAI 2012 State of Indian Nations Address (1/26)


“Our America:
I want to thank the Native service members and veterans who have joined us today.  Many know the story of Indian Country -- the challenges we have faced, and the ones we face today. But very few Americans know the story of the hundreds of thousands of tribal members who have served in the United States military, as far back as the Revolutionary War….”  Read the full transcript or see a video of the address at the NCAI website.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 1/25

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Cases featured:
United States v. Juvenile Male (criminal jurisdiction, who is Indian)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States (Health and Human Services contract)
United States v. Youngbear (valid search warrant)
Robinson v. Salazar (right of occupancy, recognized tribe)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Bradley v. Bear (jurisdiction)
Carden v. Owle Construction, LLC (jurisdiction)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Environment & Energy" section we feature an article on a conflict in Wisconsin between a planned mine and preserving lands of cultural significance.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm
We feature an article describing criminal jurisdiction challenges that can make Indian country unsafe.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice of public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology to begin developing recommendations to the Administrator regarding actions that EPA can take in response to the National Academy of Sciences Report on Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday, January 20, 2012

NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 1/20

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Cases featured:
South Dakota v. United States Department of Interior (transfer of land into trust for Indian tribe)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Winnemucca Indian Colony v. United States Department of the Interior (official tribal government)
Fritcher v. Zucco (tribal sovereign immunity)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Martha S. v. State Department Of Health & Social Services, Office Of Children's Services (child custody, children in need of aid)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htmIn the "Environment & Energy" section we feature an article on a movement of Native American women to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htmWe feature an article on jurisdiction of federal courts in tribal banishment disputes.

New edition of "Rights of Indians and Tribes"

The new edition of The Rights of Indians and Tribes (Jan, 2012) by Stephen Pevar is now available! 

This book makes understanding Indian law easy for the student or layperson, but also includes valuable footnote references to primary and secondary resources for the scholar. The Rights of Indians and Tribes is one of the top five books used by the National Indian Law Library to help answer over 1,200 Indian law-related questions each year. 

This new edition also contains a foreword written by NARF’s executive director, John Echohawk. 

See the flier for more info.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 1/11

Need Indian law case briefs from the early 1970s to the early 1990s?  Can't find them on PACER, Westlaw, or Lexis? The National Indian Law Library has case briefs from hundreds of cases from this time period. Contact the library or search the Internet catalog using case party names in the "title" field to see what we have.  
 

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Cases featured:
The Shoshone Indian Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming v. United States (U.S. fiduciary duty)
United States v. Bryant (jurisdiction)
United States v. Pecore (False Claims Act, fire mitigation project)
New Jersey v. Environmental Protection Agency (mercury emissions rules)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Dupris v. McDonald (wrongful arrest)
In re Krystal Energy Co. Inc. (Bankruptcy)
Wells Fargo Bank v. Maynahonah (jurisdiction, loans)
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. National Labor Relations Board (jurisdiction)
Osage Nation v. Wind Capital Group, LLC (wind energy, land use)
Crow Tribe of Indians v. Peters (mineral leases)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. Department of Environmental Protection (eminent domain)
Merrill v. Altman (guardianship, jurisdiction)
David S. v. State, Dept. of Health & Social Services, Office of Children's Services (Indian Child Welfare Act, termination of parental rights)
State v. Taylor (Native American Graves Protection and repatriation Act, NAGPRA)
In re K.H. (guardianship)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
We feature a couple of articles on the current Court of Appeals case regarding using wastewater for snowmaking.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htmWe feature and article on the impact of climate change on Alaska Native subsistence rights.

Friday, January 6, 2012

NILL added new content to 3 Indian Law Bulletins on 1/06

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was granted in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter (Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act) and was filed in Malaterre v. Amerind Risk Management (Indian housing, tribal sovereign immunity) and Beaulieu v. Minnesota (Public Law 280, jurisdiction).

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
The following bill became law: H.R.2055: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 Summary: (appropriates funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: ...(6) the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program.
The following new bills were added: H.R.3734: Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act; S.RES.351: A resolution recognizing the accomplishments and commemorating the numerous achievements and contributions of the Alaska Native people over the past 40 years.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice of tribal consultation meetings regarding how the current Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) affect tribes administering a Title IV-E program.