The Law of American Indians Posts
On Oct. 31, the Office of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a press release announcing that during a summit of Michigan’s tribal leaders, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2019-17 in order to strengthen tribal-sate relations.
An article for Law360 details the difficulties that law enforcement agencies face in attempting to regulate and ensure public safety in Indian Country, an area of jurisdiction which includes the United States’ 300 reservations as well as other tribal lands.
This Article highlights the contributions that Judge Diana Murphy made to federal Indian law jurisprudence and its real world impact.
An article for Law360 Access to Justice addresses the often extreme circumstances, and vast distances, indigenous victims, defendants and witnesses must traverse in order to testify in court.
An article for Law360 Access to Justice details the complicated maze indigenous women must navigate in order to obtain legal protection when faced with domestic and sexual violence.
The 16th Annual Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Tribal In-House Counsel Association Indigenous Law Conference, hosted by Michigan State University College of Law, will take place October 10-11, 2019 (With pre-conference activities on October 9).
This talk will explain the elements, or factors, that make up this international law and argue that the Doctrine of Discovery morphed into “American Manifest Destiny” and was used, and is still being used today, to justify the United States’ acquisition of the lands and assets of the Indian Nations and peoples.
The Fifth Circuit overturned the Northern District of Texas today with strong language supporting ICWA. The Court found that the plaintiffs did have standing, but found against them on all other counts. There is a dissent forthcoming from Judge Owens.
This decision settles a long running string of cases out of the Minnesota federal courts in which the non-Indian parents of tribal member children argued there was no tribal jurisdiction over their children when they lived on the tribal reservation due to ICWA and PL 280.
The Belloni Decision and Its Legacy: United States v. Oregon and Its Far-Reaching Effects After a Half-CenturyMichael Blumm and Cari Baermann
Fifty years ago, Judge Robert Belloni handed down an historic treaty fishing rights case in Sohappy v. Smith, later consolidated into United States v. Oregon, which remains among the longest running federal district court cases in history.