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Mealey's Native American Law - Tribe Says It's Clear That Congress Never Reduced Size Of Oklahoma Reservation
Posted on 13 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The actions of Congress and the "fundamental principles of statutory construction" show that the size of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation have never been reduced over the years, the tribe tells the U.S. Supreme Court... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Judge Denies Dismissal Of Indians' Latest Claims Against North Dakota Voter ID Law
Posted on 13 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

BISMARCK, N.D. - An Indian tribe and tribal members state valid claims in an amended complaint that North Dakota's voter ID law violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge determined Feb. 10 in declining the state's request... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - White House Budget Includes $112.1M For Native American Water Rights Settlements
Posted on 11 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration's Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal includes $112.1 million for Native American water rights settlements, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Tribal Company Says California Lacks Jurisdiction Over Its Sales To Another Tribe
Posted on 11 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Indian wholesale tobacco company in New York asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review a California appeals court holding that the state has jurisdiction to regulate the company's sales to a tribe in California in a petition for... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - D.C. Circuit Says With Artifacts Destroyed By Pipeline Work, Tribe Lacks Standing
Posted on 11 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 7 dismissed a tribal historic office's efforts to challenge construction of a natural gas pipeline across tribal lands, saying the office lost its standing when the... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Congress Never Made Reservation Smaller, Criminal Defendant Argues
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It is clear from a lack of action by Congress that the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation have never been reduced over the years, such that Oklahoma doesn't have jurisdiction to prosecute a tribal member for sexual... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Claims That Son Died Due To Navajo Police Inaction Plausibly Stated, Judge Says
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

PHOENIX - There are sufficient allegations to survive a motion to dismiss a mother's claims that an Indian police department's lack of response to calls for help caused the death of her son, an Arizona federal judge determined Feb. 5 (Ruby Charley... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Lack Of Standing Dooms Claims Over Tribes' Water Rights In Oregon
Posted on 5 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ranchers in Oregon cannot challenge two protocols governing tribal water rights in the Klamath Basin because they lack the standing, having failed to show that the protocols caused them harm, a federal judge determined Jan. 31 (Gerald... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Company's Oyster Fishing Halted For Stepping On Tribe's Treaty Rights
Posted on 4 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

SEATTLE - A Washington oyster company must temporarily halt all activities on certain shellfish beds until permanent injunctive relief is determined for its violations of an implementation plan for an Indian tribe's treaty rights to harvest shellfish... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - South Dakota Agency Settles Claims It Discriminated Against Indian Job Seekers
Posted on 3 Feb 2020 by Mealeys

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will pay $350,000 in back pay and other monetary relief to 60 Native American job applicants under a settlement approved Jan. 30 by a South Dakota federal judge of claims by the United... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - California Tribal Members Lose Once More On Appeal; Lawyer Sanctioned
Posted on 31 Jan 2020 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - A California appeals court on Jan. 29 again rebuffed attempts by tribal members to have them declared leaders of the tribe so it can receive gaming revenue funding from the state, finding that a 2014 ruling by the court bars the latest action... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Tribe: Cert Not Warranted For Ruling That Traffic Stop Site Is Part Of Reservation
Posted on 31 Jan 2020 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With no conflicts among the top courts on the issues and no issue of exceptional importance presented, U.S. Supreme Court guidance is not needed for a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals holding that a small section of California land... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - Split 9th Circuit Strikes Down Voting Restrictions In Arizona As Discriminatory
Posted on 29 Jan 2020 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - The full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a divided Jan. 27 opinion found that two Republican-backed measures to combat alleged voter fraud in Arizona discriminate against Indian, Hispanic and black voters in violation of the Voting... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - 7th Circuit Blasts EPA For Not Answering Tribe's Call For Permitting Review
Posted on 28 Jan 2020 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - A Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel chastised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Jan. 27 for its "regulatory misdirection" when a Wisconsin Indian tribe sought help in protecting its sacred land from a mining operation... Read More

Mealey's Native American Law - 9th Circuit Won't Rehear Indian Police Jurisdiction Ruling After Split Vote
Posted on 28 Jan 2020 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 24 declined to rehear a panel decision upholding the suppression of evidence of drug dealing found on a non-Indian parked on a public road on a reservation, although several dissenting judges... Read More