Thursday, February 23, 2012

NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 2/23

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was denied in Ute Mountain Ute Tribe v. Padilla (minerals, taxation).

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured: Grondal v. United States

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Koscielak v. Stockbridge–Munsee Community (sovereign immunity)
In re Welfare of Child of E.A.C. (Indian Child Welfare Act, active efforts)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Land & Water" section we feature an article on a federal legislative proposal relating to regulation of tribal oil and gas exploration.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm
We feature an article on Indian water rights.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Washington Bill Considers Retrocession of Civil Jurisdiction


Washington’s state legislature is considering a bill requiring the state to retrocede civil jurisdiction over Indians and Indian territory to the federal government and tribes.  Despite concerns raised about the effect on non-Indians, according to the Seattle Times, the bill is expected to pass.  See coverage from the Seattle Times as well as information on the bill available from the Washington State Legislature.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NILL added new content to 8 Indian Law Bulletins on 2/15

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in Bryant v. United States (jurisdiction).

* 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 (land into trust)
Oneida Indian Nation of New York v. Madison County (property tax)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Slockish v. United States Federal Highway Administration (sacred sites)
Defenders of Wildlife v. Hall (wolves, Endangered Species Act)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
State v. Jim (jurisdiction over tribal fishing site)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Sacred Sites" section we feature an article on a case that allows a ski area to make snow on a sacred mountain with reclaimed water.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm
We feature a short article on the Nevada legal service tribal court advocate training project.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a new regulation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development updating regulations for Indian HOME Investment Partnerships.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
The following two bills were added: H.R.3878: Chemawa Indian School Trust Transfer and Self-Determination Act of 2012. and H.R. 3896: o amend section 8007 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to extend eligibility for emergency and modernization grants to local educational agencies in which at least 10 percent of the property in each such agency is nontaxable due to the presence of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 2/08

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Cases featured:
Miranda v. Anchando (Indian Civil Rights Act)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Colombe v. Rosebud Sioux Tribe (exhaustion of tribal court remedies)
Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California (good faith compact)
Belinda K. v. County of Alameda (child custody)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Health & Welfare" section we feature an article on a Pueblo in New Mexico that has returned to its roots with an award-winning, mixed-income housing project based on traditional Native forms.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm
We feature an article discussing the effects of human rights norms on sovereignty. 

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature several notices and proposed rules of the Indian Gaming Commission including one on an adopted fee schedule.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
The following new bill was added: H.R.3821: After School for America's Children Act of 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Product Review: New Digital Library on American Indian Law

The National Indian Law Library recently test drove a new Indian law digital library being published by William S. Hein & Co., a long-standing legal publisher. The new “American Indian Law Collection” is a fee-based electronic service available through HeinOnline.
While you won’t find access to much current law such as cases and current tribal codes, this collection provides access to a great wealth of historical Indian law information of relevance to the legal researcher and scholar.  Some of the titles in this collection are available for free on the Internet or from other fee-based services such as Westlaw and LexisNexis, but here are a few of the titles we were excited to discover on HeinOnline:
  • Final Reports of the American Indian Policy Review Commission;
  • Landmark Indian Law Cases;
  • Thirteen legislative histories of U.S. Acts impacting Native Americans, including legislative documents of the Indian Reorganization Act;
  • American State Papers: Indian Affairs, Vols. 1-2 (1789-1827);
  • Complete CFR Title 25, 1938 to date and complete USC Title 25, 1925 to date;
  • Access to law review articles related to Native American law (separate subscription needed, except for Indian Law Review and Tribal Law Journal); and
  • Digital access to historical documents and titles not found elsewhere in electronic format.
Our researchers also appreciated the following features of the HeinOnline service:
  • Economical subscription price, and
  • Full-text searching and user-friendly indexing.
For more information or for free trial access, see the HeinOnline announcement  or contact Richard Spinelli at rspinelli@wshein.com.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 2/01

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Cases featured:
United States v. Juvenile Male (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act)

* U.S. Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Rolling Frito-Lay v. Stover (tribal jurisdiction)
Dolgencorp Inc. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (tribal jurisdiction)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:

In re S.M.M.D. (Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal-state agreements)
David S. v. State Department of Health & Social Services (Indian Child Welfare Act, termination of parental rights)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Voting" section we feature an article on a suit by South Dakota Indians to obtain equal early voting opportunities.


* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm
We feature an article that provides tips on how to research tribal law.


* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding grants for tribal veterans cemeteries.


* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
H.R.3815: Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act was added.