Thursday, June 27, 2013

NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 6/27

drawing of gavel
* United States Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
St. Germain v. U.S. Dept. of Interior (disenrollment)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htmCases featured:
Native Village of Tununak v. State, Dept. of Health & Social Services, Office of Children's Services (Indian Child Welfare Act, placement)
Citizens for Balanced Use v. Maurier (relocation of wild bison from public to tribal lands)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
One of the 32 stories included in this week's update includes an opinion article in the "Health & Welfare" section on how "Obamacare" will affect Native Americans.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm   We feature an article discussing federal law that might help cover the costs of relocating an Alaska Native Village falling into the sea.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature two notices of the Department of Health & Human Service, Indian Health Services regarding tribal self-governance cooperative agreements.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
Four new bills were added:
1) S.1129 - STEM 2 Act ("To assist coordination among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics efforts in the States, to strengthen the capacity of elementary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools to prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and for other purposes.")
2) S.1131 - Building upon Unique Indian Learning and Development Act
3) S.340 - Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act
4) S.1132 - Lumbee Recognition Act

Executive Order -- Establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs

White House photo Yesterday, June 26, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs.  The order seeks to enhance government-to-government relations between tribes and the United States through a more coordinated and effective development of policy and carrying out of trust responsibilities.  The council is to include high level officials from more than thirty federal agencies and will be chaired by the Secretary of the Interior.  To learn more you can read the executive order at the White House press website.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 6/19

Supreme Court building
* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was denied in Miller v. Wright (tribal sovereign immunity) on 6/17/13.

* United States Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm
Magnan v. Trammell (criminal jurisdiction)
Quantum Entertainment Ltd. v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior (natural gas distribution contract)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
Sue/perior Concrete & Paving, Inc. v. Lewiston Golf Course Corp. (tribal sovereign immunity)
In re Guardianship of K.B.F. (Indian Child Welfare Act, guardianship)
State, ex rel., Children, Youth and Families Dept. v. Marsalee P. (Indian Child Welfare Act, application)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Environment & Energy" section we include an article about a proposed wind energy project partnership with the Sioux Nations in South Dakota.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm  
We feature an article on the issue of right to counsel for Indians accused of a crime. 

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
One of the items we feature is a notice of the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General regarding a pilot project for tribal jurisdiction over crimes of domestic violence.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
Three new bills were added:
H.R.2332 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to recognize Indian tribal governments for purposes of determining under the adoption credit whether a child has special needs.
H.R.740 - Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act
H.R.931 - To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NILL added new content to 6 Indian Law Bulletins on 6/12

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htm
Cases featured:
In re K.T. (Indian Child Welfare Act, notice)
In re G.C., Jr. (Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal customary adoption)
In re L.J. (Indian Child Welfare Act, termination of parental rights)

* Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/currentdct.htm
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians v. Rabobank (intragovernmental dispute)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Tribal Government" section we include an article about the Violence Against Women Act and the potential for tribes to reinforce their sovereignty.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm  
We feature an article that examines the practice of lawyering for Native American tribes. 

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htm
We feature a notice of the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, regarding an extension of the comment period on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.htmlTwo new bills were added:
H.R.2216 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
S.1046 - Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

NILL added new content to 7 Indian Law Bulletins on 6/06

* U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/currentsct.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in Tonasket v. Sargent (land into trust) on 5/30/13.

* U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htmCases featured:
Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians ex rel. Committee of Understanding and Respect v. National Collegiate Athletic Ass'n (logos, race discrimination)

* State Courts Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/currentstate.htmCases featured:
In the Matter of A.R. & F.R. (Indian Child Welfare Act, notice)
In re Nery V. (Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Act, notice)

* News Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.htm
In the "Environment & Energy" section we include an article about a proposed large AK mine that threatens key salmon habitat and subsistence lifestyle.

* Law Review & Bar Journal Indian Law Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/currentlr.htm   We feature an article on a native vision of justice.

* Regulatory Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/regulatory/currentfr.htmWe feature a notice of the Department of Commerce regarding adoption of a tribal consultation and coordination policy with Indian tribal governments.

* U.S. Legislation Bulletin
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/currentleg.html
Three new bills were added:
H.R.2069 - To amend the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to waive certain eligibility requirements.
H.R.2037 - Native American Psychiatric and Mental Health Care Improvement Act
H.R.2190 - Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2013