The Law of American Indians Posts
Project Reporter Matthew Fletcher was featured on a Minnesota Public Radio News segment on incidents of Native Americans interacting with police.
Based on Tribes’ input, this Report articulates a set of principles that should inform agency practices in the realm of infrastructure. Among other things, this includes appropriate staffing, training, and resource allocations, as well as guidance as to how Tribal interests should be incorporated into agency decision-making processes in both formal and informal ways. These recommendations should help agencies fulfill their dual responsibilities of complying with applicable treaty and trust responsibilities and ensuring a smooth runway for infrastructure investments.
Many people are not aware that federal constitutional constraints on governmental action set forth in the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment do not apply to, or constrain, tribal government.
The Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C., and Sports Illustrated model Kathy Ireland have something in common. Both have displayed the award-winning American Indian artwork of Peggy Fontenot, one of the 1,500 members of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia.
Imagine living in a world where your government is not allowed to protect you. A world in which your family and yourself could be brutally victimized while your government has no power to interfere.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed South Point Energy Center to challenge the assessment of property taxes on its power plant on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation. The appeals court reversed the decision of the Arizona Tax Court that granted summary judgment to the Arizona Department of Revenue and Mohave County.
At its October 2016 meeting, the Council took the following actions concerning project drafts
In Lewis v. Clarke, the justices will consider the scope of tribes’ sovereign immunity.
On July 20th of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency filed a lawsuit against Enbridge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan relating to a 2010 oil spill into the Kalamazoo river under various federal statutes – along with a proposed Consent Decree.
The court affirmed a lower court decision ordering the state to replace its worst salmon-killing culverts that block passage upstream for the fish. A unanimous three-judge panel held that the culverts violate federal treaties signed with Washington tribes.