U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petitions for certiorari were denied in Crow Allottees v. U.S. (Individual Tribal Water Rights) and Zepeda v. U.S. (Indian Major Crimes Act - Indian Blood) on April 25, 2016.
U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
Ramona Two Shields v. U.S. (Property - Sale of Restricted Indian Trust Allotment Land)
U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
In re Montoya (Bankruptcy - Automatic Stay)
State Courts Bulletin
State, ex rel. Children, Youth and Families Dept. v. Yodell B. (Indian Child Welfare Act - Active Efforts)
In the Environment & Energy section, we feature a couple of articles on energy development on tribal lands.
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Program, is announcing
the intent to establish a committee to develop rules relating to the
Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
We added these articles:
Owning red: a theory of Indian (cultural) appropriation.
Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship.
Whaling in circles: the Makahs, the International Whaling Commission, and aboriginal subsistence whaling.
Tribal criminal jurisdiction beyond citizenship and blood.
Native Americans and the legalization of marijuana: can the tribes turn another addiction into affluence?
methane development in Wyoming and Montana: the potential impacts of
Montana V. Wyoming, coalbed methane development, and water quality on
the tribes of the powder river and wind river basins.
The Bureau of Land Management's finalized hydraulic fracturing rule on tribal lands: a responsibility or intrusion?
Analysis of a bias-based exception to the doctrine of exhaustion in Wilson v. Bull.
U.S. Legislation Bulletin
We added four new bills:
A bill to amend and reform the Johnson-O'Malley Act to award contracts
to certain tribal organizations, Indian corporations, school districts,
States, and consortia of tribal organizations, and for other purposes.
To provide for tribal demonstration projects for the integration of
early childhood development, education, including Native language and
culture, and related services, for evaluation of those demonstration
projects, and for other purposes.
H.R.5086: To more accurately
identify and transfer subsurface gravel sources originally intended to
be made available to the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation in exchange for
its relinquishment of related property rights.
H.R.5079: To amend the
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to require that, in California, certain
off-reservation gaming proposals shall be subject to the full
ratification and referendum process established by California State law,
and for other purposes.