The Law of American Indians Posts

Arizona Court of Appeals Allows On-Reservation Utility to Challenge State Taxes

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.

The Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week a judge ruled that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline may proceed, with the exception of an area in North Dakota.

ALI Reporters on the Historical Basis for the Trust Relationship between the US and Indian Children

In this recently published article, project Reporters Matthew Fletcher and Wenona Singel explore the history of the role of Indian children in the formation of the federal-tribal trust relationship. This piece comes as constitutional challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) are now pending. The Reporters conclude the historical record demonstrates the core of the federal-tribal trust relationship is the welfare of Indian children and their relationship to Indian nations.