U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petitions for certiorari were filed recently in:
King Mountain Tobacco Company, Inc. v. United States (Tobacco; Federal Taxation)
Mitchell, et al. v. Tulalip Tribes of Washington (Tribal Authority to Tax)
Federal Courts Bulletin
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Riverside County (Indian Trust Lands - Possessory Interest Tax)
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians v. Washington (Jurisdiction; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
United States of America v. Merle Denezpi (Double Jeopardy)
Winnemucca Indian Colony v. United States of America, Department of the Interior (Attorneys' Fees; Equal Access to Justice Act)
State Courts Bulletin
In re Interest of Audrey T. (Indian Child Welfare Act - Expert Witnesses)
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. Mullally (Attorneys' Fees)
In re Interest of Mercedes L. (Indian Child Welfare Act - Application of)
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)
- Accessing traditional Kipuka: Protecting the storehouse of knowledge through the rule of law.
- Stolen or lawful? A case review of an Indian tribe's claim to aboriginal land in California.
- A clash between culture and law: A comparative look at the conflict between quiet title actions in Hawaii, the Kuleana Act of 1850, and the displacement of Indigenous people.
- Best interest of the child.
- Beyond VAWA: Protecting Native Women from sexual violence within existing tribal jurisdictional structures.
- Agency pragmatism in addressing law's failure: The curious case of federal "deemed approvals" of tribal-state gaming compacts.
- America's big league national monuments: Can President Trump make them smaller?
In the Economic Development section, we feature an article about proposed legislation in Arizona restricting sports betting to tribal gaming facilities.
U.S. Legislation Bulletin
The following bills were introduced:
- S.207: A bill to enhance tribal road safety, and for other purposes.
- S.209: A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
- S.210: A bill to amend the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to provide for advancement in public safety services to Indian communities, and for other purposes.
- S.211: A bill to amend the Victims Crime Act of 1984 to secure urgent resources vital to Indian victims of crime, and for other purposes.
- S.212: A bill to amend the Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000, the Buy Indian Act, and the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide industry and economic development opportunities to Indian communities.
- S.216: A bill to provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes.
- S.224: A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes.
- S.227: A bill to direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians, and for other purposes.
- S.229: A bill to provide advance appropriations authority for certain accounts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education of the Department of the Interior and the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
- S.256: A bill to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.
- S.257: A bill to provide for rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans, and for other purposes.
- H.R.729: To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes.
- H.R.779: To clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act.
- H.R.773: To provide for the transfer of certain Federal land in the State of Minnesota for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
- H.R.759: To restore an opportunity for tribal economic development on terms that are equal and fair, and for other purposes.
- H.R.871: To expand the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument, to ensure prompt engagement with the Bears Ears Commission and prompt implementation of the Proclamation establishing the Bears Ears National Monument, and for other purposes.