Tribal Law/Courts

66 ABA Journal Tribal Law/Courts articles.

American Indians challenging eagle feather rules get a boost from Hobby Lobby ruling
In many American Indian religions, the eagle is considered a link to the creator and the spirit world. Its feathers are an important part of rituals, facilitating spiritual or physical…
US will pay Navajo Nation $554M to settle suit claiming mismanagement of resources

The United States has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation $554 million in a record settlement with an American tribe in litigation over mismanagement of tribal resources.

The payment settles…

Indian tribe’s malpractice case against former lawyers thrown out

A Florida judge has thrown out a malpractice case brought by the Miccosukee Indian tribe alleging more than $10 million in billing fraud by two prominent Miami lawyers, the

Tribe says sovereign immunity protects it from paying $1M attorney fees in Baby Veronica case

The Cherokee Nation says in court papers filed last week that sovereign immunity protects it from efforts to collect more than $1 million in legal fees by lawyers for the…

SCOTUS sides with adoptive couple, says Indian Child Welfare Act doesn’t apply

In a bitter custody dispute between a South Carolina adoptive couple and a child’s Native American birth father, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the adoptive parents. In Justice…

Federal judge sequesters 19 lawyers in jury room, tells them to ‘identify genuine issues’ by 2 pm

A federal judge put 19 lawyers in his Salt Lake City jury room on Monday morning and told them he hoped they would “identify genuine issues” in a nearly 40-year-old…

Supreme Court to Hear Adoption Case Involving Baby Veronica and American Indian Dad

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an adoption dispute involving a toddler named Veronica and an American Indian father who initially renounced his parental rights by text message.

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…

Living History

If you’re thinking about a family vacation that would include some real-life civics lessons, you might want to consider heading to Tahlequah, Okla.

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…

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