Tribal Law/Courts

59 ABA Journal Tribal Law/Courts articles.

October 28, 1867: Medicine Lodge Treaty Is Signed
New Mexico Law School Dean Nominated to Head Bureau of Indian Affairs

Kevin Washburn, dean of the University of New Mexico Law School, was recently nominated to head the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A member of Oklahoma’s Chickasaw Nation, the

Economics and Culture Both Put Their Stamp on Ethics Rules in Tribal Courts
Navajo Nation Supreme Court Disbars Lawyer for His Contrary Legal Advice

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has permanently disbarred a lawyer for advising Najavo nation lawmakers to ignore its rulings.

The court ordered lawyer Frank Seanez to be removed from the…

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Law Professor, Judge and Legal Advocacy Group Share $500K Gruber Prize

A law professor, a judge and a legal advocacy group will share this year’s $500,000 Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize.

John Dugard, a lawyer, writer and teacher who has challenged…

DOJ Calls for Better Law Enforcement on Indian Reservations

Citing an “unacceptable tide of domestic and sexual violence” on Indian reservations, a senior U.S. Department of Justice official has called on federal prosecutors in 33 states to step up…

Okla. High Court Holds Injured Casino Patrons Can Sue in State Courts

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that people injured in Chocktaw casinos can sue in state courts as well as tribal courts.

The tribe’s gaming contract with the state had…

Colo. Tribe Enforces 1874 Treaty, Expands Hunting to Public Land

A group of Southern Ute tribesmen from southwest Colorado are about to take a historic journey. It’s not because they need to look elsewhere to find healthy game to hunt,…

Judge Rules Utah Tribe Is Phony, Throws Out Arbitration Awards

A federal judge has ruled that an Indian tribe formed during a meeting at an Arby’s restaurant in Provo, Utah, is a “complete sham” and the judgments awarded to the…

Status of Late-Recognized Indian Tribes at Issue in High Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether the federal government can take land into trust for an Indian tribe, a move that could bar states from preventing the…

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Flanked By Marshals, Federal Judge Visits Troubled Trailer Park

In an unusual firsthand look at the conditions of a trailer park, U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson trekked through muddy roads, accompanying inspectors at Duroville on the Torres Martinez Indian…

Tribal Courts a Tough Gig for Judges

Underfunded and something of an afterthought in the nation’s legal scheme, tribal courts present special challenges for the judges who oversee them.

Judge Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, for instance, sounded much…

Casino Suits a Gamble in Tribal System

Plaintiffs who want to sue Indian-owned casinos are finding justice depends on tribal court systems that may be lacking in fairness, some lawyers contend.

Many tribes with casinos and other…

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