Monday, April 29, 2013

NILL added new content to the U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin on 4/29

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in Nebraska v. Elise M. (Indian Child Welfare Act, transfer to tribal court) on 4/23/13.
Petition for certiorari was filed in Onondaga Nation v. New York (tribal sovereign immunity) on 4/22/13.

Friday, April 26, 2013

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 4/26


* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was denied in Rude v. Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (jurisdiction, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act claims) on 4/15/13.

* U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Thorpe v. Thorpe (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act)
Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. v. United States (health care services, federal breach of contract)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Stephens v. Arkansas Dep't of Human Services (Indian Child Welfare Act, termination of parental rights)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Economic Development" section we include an article relating to the National Labor Relations Board, tribes and unionization.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm  
We feature an article relating to an adaptive co-management agreement in New Zealand regarding environmental and natural resource management.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice from the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families regarding the final issuance on the adoption of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) program policies and procedures.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
Two new bills were added:
H.R.1548 - Native American Energy Act
S.715 - Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act

Monday, April 22, 2013

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 4/22


* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in Miller v. Wright (tribal sovereign immunity) on April 9, 2013. 

* U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe v. U.S. Dep't of Interior (official tribal government)
Mitchell v. Seneca Nation of Indians (habeas corpus. Indian Civil Rights Act)
United States v. Washington (fishing rights)

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

Cases featured:
City of Duluth v. Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (gaming, contracts)
In re A.M. (tribal customary adoption)
Schultz v. Pojoaque Tribal Police Dep't (worker's compensation)
Western Montana Water Users Ass'n, LLC. v. Mission Irrigation District (water use agreements)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
We feature an article in the "Land & Water" section regarding the possible return of federal lands to a tribe in Oregon.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm 
We added 16 articles this week, one of which relates to tribal authority to zone nonmember fee land.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice from the Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary regarding a public meeting on April 29, 2013. During the public meeting, the Commission will: gain insights about how the UN Declaration can be implemented in support of tribes; hear the top three recommendations from tribal representatives and members of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., that would improve or strengthen trust management and/or administration; update the public regarding draft recommendations and receive public comments.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html

Two new bills were added:
H.R.1410 - Keep the Promise Act of 2013 (To prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts.)
S.684 - Mni Wiconi Project Act Amendments of 2013 (To facilitate completion of the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply System, and for other purposes.)

Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Infrastructure in Indian Country

Hopi water storage tankThe lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in Indian Country continues to threaten the public health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. In 2010, approximately 12% of AI/AN homes did not have safe water and/or basic sanitation facilities.  An Infrastructure Task Force to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in Indian country was formed in 2003. It included members from five federal agencies. All federal partners renewed their commitment to the Task Force in early 2013 through signing a Memorandum of Understanding to continue federal coordination in delivering water infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure and solid waste management services to tribal communities.  Learn more at www.epa.gov/tp/trprograms/infra-water.htm

Friday, April 12, 2013

NILL added new content to 5 Indian Law Bulletins on 4/12

* U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
Cases featured:
Akiachak Native Community v. Salazar (land into trust. Alaska)
Historic Eastern Pequots v. Salazar (federal recognition)
Shiprock Associated Schools, Inc. v. United States (Indian School Equalization Program)
Federal Trade Commission v. Payday Financial, LLC (tribal court jurisdiction, non-Indians)
Villa v. Salazar (land into trust, gaming)
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas v. United States (sovereign immunity)
Hansen v. Salazar (federal recognition)
Cryer v. Spencer (prisoner rights, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act)

* State Courts Bulletin
Cases featured:
In re Morris (Indian Child Welfare Act, notice)
In re D.L and K.L. (Indian Child Welfare Act, notice)

* News Bulletin
We feature an article in the "Intergovernmental" section regarding protection of salmon runs and tribal treaty rights.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
We feature an article this week relating to the importance of Indian law on state bar exams.

* Regulatory Bulletin
We feature new rules from the from the Department of Interior, Indian Gaming Commission regarding amongst the appealable actions, the Chair's decisions to approve or object to a tribal gaming regulatory authority's adoption of alternate standards from those required by the Commission's minimum internal control standards and/or technical standards.

Friday, April 5, 2013

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 4/5



US Supreme Court
Reminder: The first program in the Native Land Law Series will be held on April 9, 2013.  Learn more and register by clicking here.

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in Santana v. Muscogee (Creek) Nation (gaming compact, jurisdiction).

* U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Cases featured:
Perez v. Consolidated Tribal Health Project (slip and fall, health facility)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Rodewald v. Kansas Department of Revenue (Oklahoma, tribal jurisdiction)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
We feature an article in the "Economic Development" section regarding off-reservation gaming and the Spokane Tribe.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm  
We feature an article this week relating to the World Bank's International Finance Corporation and its free, prior, and informed consent policy's impact on indigenous communities and development.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice of the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service announcing the availability of the final National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (NFWPCAS or Strategy).

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
Four new bills were added:
S.J.Res.12 - A joint resolution to consent to certain amendments enacted by the legislature of the State of Hawaii to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Act, 1920.
S.611 - Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act
H.R.1306 - Southeast Alaska Native Land Conveyance Act
H.R. 1377 - Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act

One bill be came law:
Public Law 113-4 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.