April 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state must recognize the tribal status of the Fort Sill Apache. Consisting of 712 members, the Fort Sill Apache, formerly known as the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache, were forced from their homelands in 1886 and relocated to Oklahoma, ...[read more]
December 2, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community the court was asked to consider whether tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe from violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) outside of ...[read more]
July 17, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to 10 years in prison for her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed the maximum sentence for her crimes. Munyenyezi was convicted in February of having gained her US ...[read more]
April 12, 2013
by Addison Morris
A French court on Friday allowed the sale of 70 ancient Native American artifacts, primarily originating from Arizona's Hopi Tribe, despite appeals for delay to better determine the legal status of the items. The artifacts include painted masks and headdresses that are said to be sacred among the ...[read more]
March 16, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a northern Michigan Native American tribe, on Friday signed into law the Waganakising Odawak Statute 2013-003, a measure approving same-sex marriage. The law repeals Waganakising Odawak Statute 2007-001 which only ...[read more]
August 13, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Gerald Carr, Michigan State Univeristy College of Law Class of 2013, examines the challenges that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians face over building a casino on land that is not part of their reservation...The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe currently operates five ...[read more]
June 18, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that the federal government is responsible for the full payment contractually promised to Native American tribes even if Congress does not allocate enough money. Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter involves the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a $1.023 billion settlement with 41 American Indian Tribes Wednesday. The announcement comes following a 22-month negotiation period after the tribes alleged in a class action that the DOI and the Department of ...[read more]
October 17, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Elouise Cobell, who successfully led plaintiffs in the Indian trust class action lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior (DOI), died from cancer Sunday at age 65. The resulting $3.4 billion settlement for mismanaged Indian land royalties was the largest settlement in US government ...[read more]
September 14, 2011
by Edward SanFilippo
Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, says that the tribe's decision to recognize same-sex marriage reflects the community's high value on inclusiveness and the fact that homosexuality historically has not been a divisive issue in the tribe...Last month, the Suquamish Tribal Council ...[read more]

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