Ninth Circuit Allows Bishop Paiute Law Enforcement Case to Proceed

The Bishop Paiute Tribe (the “Tribe”) seeks a declaration that they have the right to “investigate violations of tribal, state, and federal law, detain, and transport or deliver a non-Indian violator [encountered on the reservation] to the proper authorities.” Before reaching this issue, the district court dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds, concluding that the case presents no actual case or controversy.

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Project Spotlight: Principles of the Law, Government Ethics

I recently had the opportunity to speak to various elected officials and higher-education personnel in the countries of Georgia and Kazakhstan. I was excited to tell them about the ALI Project on Ethics and that there will be suggested guidelines which will be applicable to any interested public official or government. The audience members were very interested to hear about this timely project. I am sure the project will be met with great interest not only in North America, but also around the globe. It is truly an honor for me to be working with this eminent group of distinguished people to bring this project forward.

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The Master’s Tools: Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Self-Governance Contracting/Compacting

Tribal self-governance contracting/compacting has significantly raised American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health outcomes, standards of living, and education rates across tribal backgrounds. However, whether the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) of 1975 empowers tribal sovereignty remains an open question—a question with important policy implications for tribal governments.

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