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Mealey's Native American Law - 8th Circuit Upholds Legality Of Tribal Court Child Placement Rulings
Posted on 17 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A state court proceeding is not needed before an Indian child welfare case goes to a tribal court under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and the lack of a state court ruling did not violate the due process rights of a mother and... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Justice Department Connects Tribes To Federal Sex Offender Registry
Posted on 12 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System (TTSORS) is a new crime-fighting tool for Native American tribes that gives tribal governments the ability to input data and gain access to the FBI's National Sex Offender Registry... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - 4th Circuit: Tribe's Lending Entities Protected By Sovereign Immunity
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

RICHMOND, Va. - Two tribal payday lending companies are arms of the tribe and, as such, are protected from customers' class action usury claims by the tribe's sovereign immunity, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 3 in reversing... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Michigan Supreme Court: Tribal Government Not The Same As Local Government
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

LANSING, Mich. - The government of a federally recognized Indian tribe does not constitute a "local government" under Michigan's Constitution, the state's Supreme Court held July 8 in a 6-1 decision (Fred Paquin v City of St. Ignace... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Agency: Native American Tribe Missed Its Chance To Consult On Fracking Pipeline
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 5 filed a brief in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that the court should deny a Native American tribal preservation group's motion seeking to intervene... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Split 8th Circuit: Drug-Taking Indian Mom Can Be Charged With Manslaughter
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An Indian woman whose infant son died soon after being born due to toxicity from the drugs she took while pregnant can be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a divided Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held July 5 in reversing... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - 7th Circuit Rebuffs Wisconsin Tribe's Rehearing Bid In Casino Dispute
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 denied a request to reconsider its divided decision that a Wisconsin Indian tribe waited too long to challenge another tribe's competing casino operations under the Indian Gaming Regulatory... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - South Dakota State's Attorney: Cert Not Warranted For Tribes' Child Services Claims
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - There is no need for U.S. Supreme Court review of an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling directing a trial court to abstain from hearing a suit filed by tribes and tribal members challenging South Dakota's process for removing... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Barr Announces Efforts To Reduce Crime In Native Alaskan Villages
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. attorney general on June 28 declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska under the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program and said the federal government has allocated $6 million to Alaska that is available... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - 9th Circuit Rejects Washington Tribe's Bid To Expand Fishing Grounds
Posted on 28 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

SEATTLE - A Washington state Indian tribe fails in its attempt to have a river included in its treaty-guaranteed fishing grounds because it did not follow the proper procedure for a judicial determination under a 45-year-old court decree resolving tribal... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Justices To Hear Reargument In Dispute Over Size Of Oklahoma Reservation
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Native American convicted of murder will have to wait until another term of the U.S. Supreme Court to find out if a ruling vacating his state court conviction so he can be tried in federal court will stand after the high court justices... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Motion For Opioid MDL Negotiating Class To Be Revised; New Hearing Aug. 6
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

CLEVELAND - The Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation on June 25 adjourned a hearing on a motion to certify a novel "negotiation class" so that the moving plaintiffs can get input from state attorneys general and... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Massachusetts Tribe's Fight To Build Casino Stays In District Of Columbia
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A battle between town residents and a Massachusetts Indian tribe over the tribe's attempt to build a casino, water park and hotels has shifted from the commonwealth to Washington after a District of Columbia federal judge on June... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Tribes, Environmental Groups Say Appeal Of Fracking Leases Is Not Moot
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Native American tribal groups and conservationists on June 21 filed a brief in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that their appeal of the Trump administration's decision to reinstate hydraulic fracturing... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Justices Decline To Review Ruling Allowing Injury Claims Against Tribe, Casino
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 agreed with the U.S. government and denied a petition for certiorari challenging an Alabama Supreme Court decision that an Indian tribe is not protected by tribal sovereign immunity from tort claims... Read More