December 8, 2009
For more information on this case see: www.indiantrust.com and http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/trustfunds.htm
Here is the settlement agreement.
December 4, 2009
December 1, 2009
These new cases can be found at:
a) updates page
b) case index A-Z
c) FAQ Topic pages
d) State resources - cases
See the Scope of the Guide to learn what has been added to the Internet version since the print publication was published in 2007.
November 10, 2009
October 26, 2009
August 27, 2009
August 11, 2009
The list includes 564 tribal entities in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska.
Two tribes have been added to the list since the last publication. Federal relations have been reestablished with Wilton Rancheria pursuant to a court-ordered settlement and government-to-government relations were reestablished with the Delaware Tribe of Indians through its reorganization under federal statute, the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act. In addition, name changes and corrections have also been made.
See the notice on the Access GPO web site: PDF, Text.
June 24, 2009
Canby, William C. American Indian Law in a Nutshell. Fifth edition. St. Paul, MN:
May 11, 2009
- Education : your guide to higher learning in Indian Country. 2008-2009. This year's edition includes articles on language preservation activities.
- Indian taxation : a look at Indian tax cases through the prism of Atkinson Trading / Michael J. McIntyre. A presentation that is also available online at http://faculty.law.wayne.edu/mcintyre/text/Multistate_class/indian_tax2-print.pdf
- Constitution : Standing Rock Sioux Tribe : approved April 24, 1959, with amendments through June 11, 2008. The Tribe has given permission to the Library to digitize this. Find it at http://www.narf.org/nill/Constitutions/standingrock/srconsttoc.htm
- Ceremony comes home [videorecording]. About the Wintu Indians.
- Native American veterans. An historical statistical publication from the United States. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Office of Information Management and Statistics. Research Division. (1985).
- 34th annual FBA Indian law conference / Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section.
April 24, 2009
To access the Bulletin, go to http://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/new_uslegislation.htm
The purpose of the Indian Law Bulletins, a current awareness service, is to provide succinct and timely information about new developments in Indian Law. Access the Bulletins at http://narf.org/nill/bulletins/ilb.htm . You can also contact us to receive E-mail notification when new updates are published. Please specify if you wish to be notified when all or only selected bulletins have been published. (email@example.com or by phone at (303) 447-8760).
April 13, 2009
"The Tribal Supreme Court Project is part of the Tribal Sovereignty Protection Initiative and is staffed by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). The Project was formed in 2001 in response to a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases that negatively affected tribal sovereignty. The purpose of the Project is to promote greater coordination and to improve strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes. We encourage Indian tribes and their attorneys to contact the Project in our effort to coordinate resources, develop strategy and prepare briefs, especially at the time of the petition for a writ of certiorari, prior to the Supreme Court accepting a case for review. You can find copies of briefs and opinions on the major cases we track on the NARF website."
April 7, 2009
The ILTF curriculum, Lessons of Our Land was developed to offer quality Indian land tenure educational opportunities for Head Start, K-12, college, adult and community education, tribal leaders and Indian landowners. While this curriculum positions Native American tribal issues and values at the forefront, the curriculum framework places emphasis on the fundamental relationship between land and people in general, not just Native Americans. Whether you teach on an Indian reservation or in an urban school with students from many ethnic backgrounds, you will find lessons that are both timely and adaptable for each and every one of these students.
However, the primary goal of this curriculum is for all Indian students to become intellectually reconnected to the land and to internalize its significance to their past, present and future as sovereign and land based peoples. Through this curriculum, Indian allottees, their children and other family members who will inherit their land, and landless tribal members will acquire the knowledge necessary to achieve self-determination through informed and responsible decision making concerning land assets. The ILTF and TEDNA believe that successful implementation of this curriculum is one of the best ways to strengthen Native communities and prevent further loss of Indian lands.
With the assistance of Reinhardt & Associates, TEDNA has developed teacher implementation guides to support the ILTF curriculum in Head Start, K-12, college, adult and community education programs. Grant money is available to communities interested in utilizing the curriculum. For more information simply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest in learning more about the curriculum. TEDNA will send you the curriculum and the teacher training guides free of charge!
TEDNA is a nonprofit organization that supports Tribal Education Departments; it strives to increase tribal sovereignty over education by improving law and policy and sharing information with our membership. For more information about TEDNA, see www.tedna.org. The ILTF strives to return land within original reservation boundaries or of cultural significance back to tribal ownership. For more information about ILTF, see www.indianlandtenure.org.
April 6, 2009
Petitions were denied in: Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana v. Meyer , and Associates (sovereign immunity) and Catskill Development v. Harrah's Operating Company (gaming).
View the Bulletin at http://narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2008-2009update.htm
April 2, 2009
Recent law journal articles online:
- Reparations, self-determination, and the seventh generation, by Lorie M. Graham. Harvard Human Rights Journal, Volume 21. Available at Harvard's web site: http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/hrj/iss21/47-104.pdf
- The voice of the Indian child: strengthening the Indian Child Welfare Act through children's participation, by Barbara Ann Atwood. Arizona Law Review, Volume 50. Available at the University of Arizona's web site: http://www.law.arizona.edu/journals/ALR/ALR2008/VOL501/Atwood--FINAL.pdf
- Civil procedure: narrowed lens, clearer focus: considering the use of de novo review in Indian child welfare proceedings - In re welfare of child of T.T.B.. , by Emily Bucher. William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 34, Number 4. Available at the William Mitchell College of Law's web site. http://www.wmitchell.edu/lawreview/Volume34/documents/7.Bucher.pdf
And the National Indian Child Welfare Association has recently posted materials about its upcoming conference: "Access to Prevention, Protection, and Treatment: A Matter of Fairness, Justice, and Action."
"The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) serves as a promising practice for serving Indian children and families and its role in strengthening tribal communities. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to ''protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families'' (25 U.S.C. § 1902). Tribal communities are strengthening and sustaining their traditional methods of protecting and nurturing Indian children."
March 31, 2009
March 16, 2009
Wolfchild v. United States (Fiduciary accountability)
*Synopsis: Lineal descendants of Mdewakanton Sioux who were loyal to United States during 1862 Sioux Outbreak in Minnesota brought suit against United States for breach of fiduciary duty and contract in management of property originally provided for benefit of loyal Mdewakanton. The United States Court of Federal Claims, Charles F. Lettow, J., 62 Fed.Cl. 521, ruled that government had breached its fiduciary duties, and government filed interlocutory appeal.
March 12, 2009
The executive summary, draft report, and final version are available from the Library's catalog.
Go to http://narf.org/nill/catalog/catalog.htm and click on "Search the catalog."
Type id=17484 into the search screen, or search by title "Native Communities and Climate Change" (include the quotes).
"The Tribal Supreme Court Project is part of the Tribal Sovereignty Protection Initiative and is staffed by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). The Project was formed in 2001 in response to a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases that negatively affected tribal sovereignty. The purpose of the Project is to promote greater coordination and to improve strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes. We encourage Indian tribes and their attorneys to contact the Project in our effort to coordinate resources, develop strategy and prepare briefs, especially at the time of the petition for a writ of certiorari, prior to the Supreme Court accepting a case for review. You can find copies of briefs and opinions on the major cases we track on the NARF website
March 9, 2009
Click on "search the catalog" and then on "new items."
Federal lands and Indian reservations.
"These maps were designed for use on the World Wide Web or for generating high quality color prints. Each map shows the Federal Lands and Indian Reservations overlaid on top of State boundaries, selected streams and waterbodies, and major cities for easy reference. In addition, there is a map showing Federal Lands and Indian Reservations for the entire United States."
The four hills of life : Northern Arapaho knowledge and life movement / Jeffrey D. Anderson.
States and tribes: building new traditions : sustainable development : state and tribal initiatives / by Sia Davis. This is one of numerous publications by the National Conference of State Legislatures on relationships and partnerships between tribes and states.
February 2, 2009
Federal Court of Appeals -- http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/currentcta.htm . We feature a case relating to a State alleging that Indian tribe was operating Class III electronic games of chance on land located outside the boundaries of the tribe's reservation in violation of Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
January 21, 2009
Petitions for writ of certiorari were denied in both Roberts v. Hagener and South Fork Band v. United States on 1/12/09. Roberts deals with hunting regulations and South Fork Band deals with whether relief from void judgment must be raised within a reasonable amount of time.
Find the case information at the Supreme Court Bulletin.
January 16, 2009
The latest issue of NARF's semiannual newsletter, the NARF Legal Review, is now available at http://www.narf.org/pubs/nlr/nlr33_2.pdf This issue discusses:
- Federal Court orders Alaska to provide language assistance to tribes.
- NARF Attorney is one of four equal justice heroes to receive national awards at NLADA annual conference.
- NARF Executive Director and two former NARF Attorneys named to Obama transition team.
- Case updates.
Previous issues can be accessed online at http://www.narf.org/pubs/nlr/index.html or by contacting NARF's National Indian Law Library.