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Ezra Rosser on Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff

Ezra Rosser has published “Progress and the Taking of Indigenous Land” in the Ohio State Law Journal. Here is the abstract and some images supplied […]

UN Permanent Forum Panel — Embracing the Declaration: Indigenous Peoples’ Policy in the U.S.

Bryan Newland, Shawn Deschene, Ira Matt, Nikki Enersen, and Kristen Carpenter (not in that order, mixing it up today)

Native American Representation in Resident Aliens

Native Americans are subjected to stereotypes everywhere, and movies and TV shows are no exception. For decades, Hollywood didn’t accurately portray the diverse cultures and […]

New Scholarship on Conservation and Climate Change in Indian Country

Alejandro E. Camacho, Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner, Jason McLachlan, and Nathan Kroeze have posted “Adapting Conservation Governance Under Climate Change: Lessons from Indian Country,” forthcoming […]

New Student Scholarship on Tribal Trademark Law

Anthony Hernandez has published “Tribal Trademark Law” in the Stanford Law Review. Here is the abstract: Native American tribes are increasingly creating their own intellectual […]

California ICWA Case Describing the State of Inquiry Cases

In re Samantha F. Figuring out where the California Court of Appeal courts are on the initial inquiry duty when a child is removed from […]

California Federal Court Holds that Federal Courts Have No Jurisdiction Eviction Action re: Trust Allotment(!)

Here are the materials in The Tamarisk Rd. Trust UDT v. Prieto (C.D. Cal.): 23 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 25 Opposition.pdfDownload 27 Reply.pdfDownload 30 DCT Order.pdfDownload

Native American NFL Players

In today’s era of dominance by the National Football League (NFL), it’s easy to overlook the historical contributions made by Native American players to the […]

Wyoming Federal Court Vacates Repsis Decision

Here is the order in Crow Tribe of Indians v. Repsis (D. Wyo.): 107 DCT Order.pdfDownload Tenth Circuit order here. Lower court materials here. Casper […]

Washington State Bar Assn. Indian Law CLE — May 16-17, 2024

WSBA Indian Law Section CLE webinar_flyer_final.pdfDownload

Oklahoma SCT Rejects Gov. Stitt’s Effort to Undo Tribal Tax Agreements Modifications from State Legislature

More stupid Oklahoma shit. More will come in the next few months. . . . Here is the opinion in Stitt v. Treat.

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Challenge to Mashpee Wampanoag Trust Land Acquisition

Here is today’s order list. The cert petition is here. These guys shoulda been on the Supreme Court. . . .

Exploring the Potential of Blockchain for Indigenous Communities

In today’s landscape, where technology merges with tradition, the connection between blockchain’s capabilities and Indigenous communities’ needs is gaining attention. Beyond the technological prowess of […]

Washington Governor Signs Bill into Law Authorizing State LE to Enforce Tribal Warrants

Press release here. The bill is here. OLYMPIA — People who commit crimes on tribal lands would not be able to escape justice by fleeing […]

The Attack on Talton v. Mayes During the Navajo Peyote Ban Case

Arthur Lazarus, the general counsel of the Association on American Indian Affairs (and the drafter of the original bill that became the Indian Child Welfare […]

National Wildlife Foundation Seeks Tribal Law Director

Here. From the description: Working closely with the Vice President and the Senior Director of Tribal Partnerships and Policy, the Director, Tribal Law is primarily […]

Red Berry Woman is Vogue Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief’s “Best Dressed” at the 2024 Oscars

Hollywood—When Norma Baker-Flyinghorse originally designed Quannah Chasinghorse’s red dress she wore on the red carpet for this year’s Oscars, it was for a separate function […]

“Just Fine with Us”

August 28, 1980 Postscript — Frank Kelley was wrong.

ProPublica Follow Up Article on Bonding “Expert”

In a follow up to the foster parent intervention article that was published in ProPublica and The New Yorker in October, this week ProPublica published […]

Fifth Edition of Pevar’s Canonical Rights of Indians and Tribes Now Available

Details here. Signed editions available at checkout.

History of Native American Beads| Types, Uses

Native Americans are famous for their rich cultural heritage, which includes unique craftsmanship and vibrant artistry. Native American beads hold a significant place among their […]

Ninth Circuit Materials on Whether Federal Whistleblower Protection Statute Applies to ISDEAA Funds

Here are the briefs in Kent v. LaCounte: Kent Opening Brief Government Brief Ora argument video here (be ready for discussion about Möbius strips and […]

Oklahoma District Court Decision Using Bracker Preemption Test to Validate State Criminal Jurisdiction

Here are the materials in State v. Long (McIntosh County D. Ct.): District Court Decision.pdfDownload Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload State Opposition.pdfDownload Raqib Shaw

Native American Models and Their Role In Modern Fashion

Things are changing for Native representation in pop culture.  With Reservation Dogs and Flowers or the Killer Moon Native stories have become main stream.  The […]

Alex Pearl on Supreme Court Decisionmaking

M. Alexander Pearl has published “The Consequences of Mythology: Supreme Court Decisionmaking in Indian Country” in the UCLA Law Review. Here is the abstract: Ilanoli […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects Native Religious Claims in Oak Flat Land Swap Dispute

Here is the opinion in Apache Stronghold v. United States. Links to briefs and other materials here.

March 14 Virtual Event – Lessons Learned: Healing to Wellness

Lessons Learned: Healing to WellnessMarch 14, 2024 on Zoom Webinar11-3pm ET | 10-2pm CT | 9-1pm MT | 8-12pm PT | 7-11am AKT Registration now […]

Montana Summer Indian Law Program Field Course

For the last four years, the University of Montana’s Summer Indian Law Program has collaborated with Freeflow Institute to offer an immersive field course focused […]

New Film “Bad River” on Bad River v. Enbridge

A new film, BAD RIVER, narrated by Quannah ChasingHorse with Edward Norton, and produced by Allison Abner (writer for Narcos/West Wing and descendant of the […]

Daniel Rice on Civil Duties and Public Change

Daniel B. Rice has posted “Civil Duties and Public Change,” forthcoming in the California Law Review, on SSRN. Here is the abstract: What duties do […]

NNALSA Public Service in Indian Country Panel

Christina Lucero, Danna Jackson, Kyle Nayback, Doreen McPaul, Josette Monette, and Brock Flynn

HHS Releases Proposed Rule to Collect ICWA Data through AFCARS, Comments Needed

If you are reading that title and thinking, “Kate, I am pretty sure you have posted this before. Like, a lot.” you are not wrong:https://turtletalk.blog/?s=AFCARS […]

Fifth Circuit Affirms Major Crimes Act Conviction Where Federal Prosecutor Once Repped Defendant’s Dad in Choctaw Tribal Court

Here is the opinion in United States v. Anderson. Briefs: Opening Brief Government Answer Brief Reply

Brookings Survey Report Lists Missing and Murdered as Indian Country Highest Election Year Priority

Gabriel R. Sanchez, A-dae Romero-Briones, and Raymond Foxworth have published “Murdered and missing women is the top issue facing Native American communities heading into the […]

Native American Drums

Throughout its history, the drum has connected the heartbeat of the American Indian to Mother Earth and to Creator.  Drums can be heard from quite […]

Rob Williams NYTs Essay on Kicking Indians Off Their Land [updated with accessible PDF]

Robert Williams has published “Kicking Native People Off Their Land Is a Horrible Way to Save the Planet” in the New York Times. PDF here: […]

Michigan State Univ. Seeks Director for Native American Institute

Here: Job No: 929098 Position Summary Reporting to the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, a unit under MSU’s Provost Office, the Director will have full responsibility for all administrative functions including budget, human resources, and operations of […]

Interview With Rebecca Nagle – This Land Podcast – Supreme Court Case About Validity of Reservations in Oklahoma – Pow Wow Life

Listen to my interview with Rebecca Nagle from This Land Podcast. The Supreme Court will rule in the Carpenter v Murphy case soon. This case […]

Spokane County Bar Association Indian Bar Section Meeting — March 15, 2024

PDF here: 2024-02-12 SCBA ILS CLE agenda.pdfDownload

Save the Date for the Washington State Bar 37th Annual Indian Law Conference

Registration will open up the second week of March

No Casino in Plymouth v. NIGC Cert Petition

Here: cert-petitionDownload Questions presented: Did the Ninth Circuit err when it dismissed plaintiffs’ challenge to DOI’s approval of a trust transfer for the Ione Band […]

Between Two Knees – Laughing Through History: The 1491s’ Bold Approach to Native American Storytelling

The intertribal Native American sketch comedy troupe, The 1491s, is made up of five members Ryan Redcorn, Dallas Goldtooth, Sterlin Harjo, Migizi Pensoneau, and Bobby […]

Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series — This Thursday

Register here. Beyond the First Year: Integrating Doctrine & Diversity, Volume 2 Release Celebration Join us for an enriching webinar as we celebrate the release […]

UCLA Indian Law Conference — Part 3

(clockwise from upper left) Angela Riley, Fletcher, Rebecca Tsosie, Aleja Cretcher, and Adam de Monet

UCLA Indian Law Conference Pics — Part 2

Keynote Speaker Bob Anderson Wenona Singel, Heather Whiteman Runs Him, and Kristen Carpenter Alexandra Speed and Singel

Harvard NALSA 2024

Samantha Maltais (PLSI ‘21) and crew:

Charles Wilkinson on the History of the Boldt Decision

Charles F. Wilkinson and the University of Washington Press have published “Treaty Justice: The Northwest Tribes, the Boldt Decision, and the Recognition of Fishing Rights.” […]

Yale Law Journal Submissions Now Open

The Yale Law Journal’s submissions season opened on February 1, and we are reaching out to see if you would be able to share a […]

New Student Scholarship on Free Exercise Claims to Indigenous Rights

Anna Sonju has posted “Free Exercise Claims Over Indigenous Sacred Sites: Justice Long Overdue,” forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, on SSRN. Here is the […]

Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation – New Wave of Indigenous Representation Brings New Enthusiasm to Native Culture, Art and Products

Indigenous representation in mainstream media over the last few years has come with increased appreciation of Native culture, especially Native arts. Now, more than ever, […]

Updated Indian Country Criminal Jurisdiction Chart!

INDIAN COUNTRY CRIMINAL JURISDICTION CHART – OCTOBER 2022 Version .pdfDownload

Past PowWows.com Giveaway Information

This is the place you will now be able to see our past giveaways and the list of winners. Enter our current giveaway! Previous Giveaway […]

Texas Federal Court Dismisses Suit against Gila River Telecommunications Company

Here are the materials in CHR Solutions Inc. v. Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (S.D. Tex.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 18 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 24 Opposition.pdfDownload 25 Reply.pdfDownload […]

AILC hosts annual Pre-Law Advisors Training

February 20-21, 2024Albuquerque, NM Registration is still open! Event agenda and details here. Travel Reimbursements & Waivers available for Tribal Education Departments and Tribal Colleges […]

Pow Wow 101 – Your Top Questions Answered

Join Paul Gowder on the Pow Wow Life podcast. In this episode, I’ll answer the most asked questions about Pow Wows. Are Pow Wows Open […]

N. Scott Momaday Walks On

NYTs. WaPo. Here’s a recent video:

Michigan COA Affirms Dismissal of Quiet Title Action Implicating Federal Trust Land Held for GTB, BMIC, and Sault Tribe

Here are the opinions in Nelson v. Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority: Unpublished Opinion Dissent

California Federal Court Dismisses State’s Effort to Shut Down Alturas Rancheria Cigarette Sales

Here are the materials in State of California v. Azuma Corp. (E.D. Cal.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 13-1 Cal Motion for PI.pdfDownload 23 Azuma Opposition to 13.pdfDownload […]

Tenth Circuit Reverses Indian Country Crimes Act Conviction cuz Government Did Not Prove Defendant was Non-Indian

Here is the opinion in United States v. Simpkins. Briefs: Opening Brief.pdfDownload Answer Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload

D.C. District Court Allows Discrimination Claims by Navajo Citizen to Proceed against N.O.W.

Here are materials in Yazzie v. National Organization for Women (D.D.C.): 1-3 Complaint 30-2 NOW Motion for Summary J 33 Opposition 34 Reply 36 DCT […]

ABA SEER Indigenous Law Committee Student Writing Competition

The ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) has launched its 2024 law student writing competitions, and the Indigenous Law Committee is thrilled to […]

Birch Bark Coffee: A Journey from Indigenous Roots to Costco Success

Join Paul G with an interview with Mark Marsolais from Birch Bark Coffee! Mark is Ojibwe and a Band member of Whitefish River First Nation […]

New Issue of UCLA Indigenous Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance — Vol. 8

Articles Decolonization of Language Policy in Arctic Canada – Letter to the Editor Hadlari, Thomas Colonialism in northern Canada is not a historical artefact because […]

Fletcher on the Sovereignty Problem in Federal Indian Law

Check out “The Sovereignty Problem in Federal Indian Law” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: There is a sovereignty problem in federal Indian law, namely, […]

Wisconsin ILSA 38th Coming Together of Peoples Conference — April 12-13, 2024

From Michael Williams: Our 38th Coming Together of Peoples Conference (CTOPC) is arriving quickly, and we are excited to see you at our conference! The Conference […]

California COA Decides Donius v. County of San Diego [reservation easement dispute]

Here are the materials: Unpublished Opinion D080942.PDFDownload Opening Brief.pdfDownload County of San Diego Answer Brief.pdfDownload North County Transit District Answer Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload

Authentic Native American Blankets – Where To Buy?

Embark on a journey through the vibrant tapestry of Native American heritage as we explore authentic blankets. The history of Native American blankets is deeply […]

Update on Creek Nation v. Tulsa Briefing

Here are the briefs in Muscogee (Creek) Nation v. City of Tulsa (N.D. Okla,): 18 Amicus Brief.PDFDownload 28 Tulsa Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 32 Creek Nation […]

Marvel’s Echo: A Cultural Triumph in Native Storytelling

In the realm of superhero stories, Marvel’s latest addition, “Echo,” emerges not only as an exciting new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but also […]

Hawai’i Intermediate COA Briefs in Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Extradition Request (interesting!)

Here are the available materials in In re the Extradition of Moreno (Haw. Ct. App.): Opening Brief.pdfDownload Answer Brief.pdfDownload Who wouldn’t want to be extradited […]

Golden Globes 2024: Blackfeet Actress Lily Gladstone Wins at Golden Globes as First Indigenous Person in a Lead Role

The 81st Golden Globes Awards was hosted on live television on Sunday, January 7 celebrating film and American television productions released in 2023. Lily Gladstone, […]

SCOTUS Denies Cert in McCarren Act Issue re: Klamath River

Here is today’s order list. The petition in Klamath Irrigation District v. Bureau of Reclamation is here. The BOR is here. Reply is here: Klamath […]

Defense Contractor Sues US over Alleged “Race or Tribal Status” Discrimination

Here is the complaint in Advanced Simulation Technology LLC v. United States (Fed. Cl.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe Bay Sues Exxon Over Climate Change Lies and Deceit

Here is the complaint in Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe v. Exxon Corp. (Wash. Super. Ct.): Complaint.pdfDownload

1 Million Facebook Followers Celebration

🎉 Pow Wow Nation, We Hit 1 Million Followers on Facebook! 🎉 I’m so thrilled to share the incredible news – we’ve officially reached 1 […]

Michael Doran on Tribal Sovereignty and Preemption

Michael Dolan has published “Tribal Sovereignty and Preemption” in the Brooklyn Law Review. PDF Here is the abstract: In June of 2022, the US Supreme […]

Happy New Year – Spin To Win Game

Thank you for an incredible 2023!   I’m looking forward to another great year here at PowWows.com in 2024.   So let’s celebrate the New Year with […]

SCOTUS Denies Stay in Ute Tribe Effort to Avoid $300K Sanctions Award

SCOTUS docket page here. Ute’s application and appendix is here: Application for Stay.pdfDownload Lower court materials here.

Eighth Circuit Affirms Upward Departure from Sentencing Guidelines in Indian Country DV Case Based on 27 Prior Tribal Court Convictions

Here are the materials in United States v. Good Left: Unpublished Opinion: 231295U.pdfDownload Opening Brief.pdfDownload Government Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload

Oklahoma Federal Court Permanently Enjoins Wind Farm

Here are the materials in United States v. Osage Wind LLC (N.D. Oklahoma.): 294-1 Osage Minerals Council MSJ.pdfDownload 297 Osage Wind MSJ.pdfDownload 300 United States […]

Holy Lack of Jurisdiction, Batman! Oklahoma Federal Court Issues Declaratory Judgment against MCN Judges in Case Already Decided by Tribal Judiciary

Here are the materials in Thlopthlocco Tribal Town v. Wiley (N.D. Oklahoma.): 176 Thlopthlocco MSJ.pdfDownload 177 MCN Judiciary MTD.pdfDownload 178 TTT Response to 177.pdfDownload 180 […]

Eighth Circuit Briefs in HCI Distributing v. Hilgers [Challenge to Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement]

Here: State Opening Brief.pdfDownload HCI Answer Brief.pdfDownload Reply.pdfDownload Lower court materials here and here.

Request for Applications; Tribal Issues Advisory Group

In view of two upcoming vacancies in the at-large membership of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual […]

(Belatedly, We Announce the) New 25 CFR Part 151 Land Acquisitions Rule

Here. Been busy having fun out of the office . . . . I’d say courtesy of Bill Wood, the king of sigma, but I […]

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Says Castro-Huerta Means that Congress Didn’t Preempt State Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country [No, that’s not the law but nothing matters anymore.]

Here are the materials in Deo v. Parish: Brief in Support of Mandamus Petition State Response Brief Opinions Proposed State of Oklahoma, Act of June […]

South Dakota Federal Court Finally Resolves Matter Arising from Federal Government’s Impoundment of Livestock at Pine Ridge Way Back in 2015 and 2016

Here are the materials in Temple v. Roberts (D.S.D.): 180-1 Oglala Sioux Tribal Court Decision 213 Federal Trial Brief 215 Temple Pre-Trial Brief 228 DCT […]

Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Letter to Wisconsin Senate re: Discriminatory and Retaliatory Grant Denial by State

Here: Letter to Senator Mary Felzkowski.pdfDownload Prior post here.

Heather Tanana on Women Indigenous Leaders in the Colorado River Basin

Heather Tanana has published “Voices of the River: The Rise of Indigenous Women Leaders in the Colorado River Basin” in the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy […]

Montana Federal Court Confirms Cancellation of Eagle Bear Lease

Here are the materials in Eagle Bear Inc. v. Blackfeet Indian Nation (D. Mont.) 118 Eagle Bear Supplemental Brief.pdfDownload 119 Blackfeet Supplemental Brief.pdfDownload 120 BIA […]

Oklahoma Federal Court Declines to Overturn Non-Indian Conviction in General Crimes Act Case

Here are the relevant materials in United States v. Smith (N.D. Okla.): 194 Motion for Acquittal.pdfDownload 207 Response.pdfDownload 208 DCT Order.pdfDownload

NCAI Moves to Dismiss Bullshit

Been waiting for a rational actor to enter stage left before I post anything about this bullshit, and now they have. Here are the materials […]

On Justice O’Connor’s Indian Law Legacy

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a true trailblazer, serving as the first woman Supreme Court Justice and she was a rare Westerner on the Court, […]

Retired SCT Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is Dead

NYTs CNN Just realizing now SOC retired pre-Turtle Talk so we never put together a post-retirement thing like we did for Stevens, RBG, et al. […]

American Indians [Smithsonian Magazine] Profile of Pokagon Band Peacemaking Court

Here is “Native Negotiations are a Winning Alternative to Courts.”

Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake Win Redistricting Lawsuit Against North Dakota

On November 17, 2023, the North Dakota federal district court ruled in favor of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake […]

Eighth Generation: A Journey Through Native American Art and Culture in Downtown Seattle

Embark on a virtual tour of Eighth Generation’s stunning new store in downtown Seattle with Colleen Echohawk, CEO and member of the Pawnee Nation of […]

Breanna Bollig on Indian Education Rights

Breanna K. Bollig has published “Improving Public Schools: What Advocates Can Learn From Indian Education Rights” in the Journal of Law and Education. An except: […]

New Mexico COA Dismisses Effort to Force School District Consultation with Navajo Nation over Reopening of Schools During Pandemic

Here is the order in National Education Association of New Mexico v. Central Consolidated School District (N.M. Ct. App.): October 25, 2023- National Education Association […]

Larry Yazzie: A Global Ambassador for Exploring Native Culture on an Epic Road Trip – Pow Wow Life 98

Exploring Native Culture on an Epic Road Trip: A Powwow.com Adventure In the vast landscape of Native American culture, the journey to discover and celebrate […]

Thank you Indigenous Law Conference speakers, attendees, and sponsors!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Indigenous Law Conference! TICA CHAMPIONS -Cherokee Nation-Chickasaw Nation-Fields Han Cunniff PLLC-Invenio Tribal Law-Lieff Cabraser Heimann & […]

Adrian Sutherland: Crafting Melodies and Connecting Cultures Through Music – Pow Wow Life 97

Join us for an insightful interview with Adrian Sutherland, a talented native musician from Canada’s far north. Discover his unique blend of roots, rock, folk, […]

Federal Brief in Opposition in Klamath River Matter [McCarren Act]

Here is the brief in Klamath Irrigation District v. Bureau of Reclamation (No. 23-216): BOR.pdfDownload Petition is here.

MHA Nation Prevails in Redistricting Lawsuit

On November 2, 2023, the North Dakota federal district court ruled in favor of the MHA Nation and North Dakota on motions for summary judgment. […]

Spin To Win – 2023 Explore Native Challenge

Welcome to the 2023 Explore Native Challenge for Native American Heritage Month. During November, I want to challenge you to learn more about Native culture […]

Louis LaRose Walks On

Louis LaRose, former chair of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has walked on. News profile here. As chairman, Mr. LaRose testified on behalf of the […]

Celebrating Resilience and Leadership: Barbie’s Wilma Mankiller Doll

Have you seen the new Barbie?  I’m excited to share something special that resonates with Native heritage and celebrates the strength of Native women. About […]

Guest Post by Rob Williams: NCAI, NOT STATE RECOGNIZED TRIBES, HAS AN IDENTITY ISSUE

By Robert A. Williams, Jr. At its annual meeting next week, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will consider removing state recognized tribal governments […]

TICA Final Panel — Native Judges in Federal and State Courts

Judge Lauren King, Judge Sarah Wheelock, Judge Allie Maldonado, and Judge Wenona Singel (moderator)

10th Circuit Case Challenging Federal Jurisdiction on Pueblo Fee Lands

Here are the briefs in United States v. Smith: APPELLANT’S OPENING BRIEF United States Response Brief Pueblo Amicus 2023-07-12_ Brief of the SofNM as Amicus […]

FNDI Justice Essay by Fletcher: “Justice, the Colonizer, and the Michigan Anishinaabek”

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is pleased to launch a new online series of essays that focuses on Native justice. With generous support from […]

Federal Court Action Challenging Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Exclusion of Child Abusing Teachers

Here are the materials so far in Shaff v. Claymore (D.S.D.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 1-1 Emergency Petition to Exclude.pdfDownload 1-2 Civil Complaint in Frasier v Shaff.pdfDownload […]

ExploreNative.Travel – Add Native American Culture on Your Travels

I’m thrilled to share some exciting news with you: look at what we just rolled out a brand new resource – ExploreNative.Travel.” It’s your go-to […]

Tanner Allread on SCOTUS’ Improper Use of Indian Removal Era Analysis in Modern Day Indian Law Cases

W. Tanner Allread has published “The Specter of Indian Removal: The Persistence of State Supremacy Arguments in Federal Indian Law” in the Columbia Law Review. […]

Not Invisible Act Commission Report

Here, finalized on Nov. 1: 34-niac-final-report_version-11.1.23_final It’s over 200 pages, so I’ve only been able to skim it so far, but it appears incredibly comprehensive: […]

Montana Law Releases National NALSA Moot Court Competition Problem

Here. The National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA), in partnership with the University of Montana, Alexander Blewett III School of Law NALSA Chapter, are […]

Exploring Oklahoma’s Indigenous Treasures: A Native American Cultural Guide

Oklahoma Native American Cultural Guide Oklahoma is home to 39 different Native American Nations, including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw. Many of Oklahoma’s First Americans […]

SCOTUS Declines to Review Ninth Circuit’s Rule 19/Tribal Immunity Decision

Here is Monday’s order list. The petition was Klamath Irrigation District v. Bureau of Reclamation: petition and opposition briefs.

Pow Wow Grant Program – Helping To Keep Traditions Alive

PowWows.com holds a profound appreciation for the rich cultural traditions of Native American communities. We recognize the vital importance of preserving and carrying forward these […]

Texas Federal Court Dismisses Title VII Suit against Alaska Regional Corp.

Here are the materials in Balli v. Akima Global Services LLC (S.D. Tex.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 5 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 8 Response.pdfDownload 9 Reply.pdfDownload 14 Magistrate […]

Killers of The Flower Moon: Missed Opportunities and Unheard Voices

In “Killers of The Flower Moon,” Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of David Grann’s 2017 book, a dark chapter in American history is brought to life on […]

Sarah Crawford, Reneau J. Longoria and Heather Whiteman Runs Him on 2023’s Major SCOTUS Decisions

Sarah Crawford, Reneau J. Longoria and Heather Whiteman Runs Him have published “Decisions Impacting Indian Country in the 2023 Supreme Court Term” in the Montana […]

SCOTUS Denies Stay in West Flagler Suit

Here are the materials in West Flagler Associates Ltd. v. Haaland: Application for Stay Federal Response Order Denying Stay + Kavanaugh Statement Seminole Letter Lower […]

Preserving Native American Culture: 5 Organizations Making a Difference

Native American culture is where traditions, languages, and stories aren’t just things of the past but living traditions that still shape today and inspire tomorrow. […]

Comment Deadline to Feds on ICWA Needs Extended to January 12

This extension is regarding the letter in this post. The Administration (DOI, HHS, and DOJ) are asking for input on the following: What additional supports […]

Wyoming SCT Issues Mixed Opinion in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Baldwin, Crocker, and Rudd

Here. An excerpt: BCR did not comply with the procedural requirements of Rule 11, and the district court erred when it imposed Rule 11 sanctions […]

California COA Briefs in Yavapai-Apache v. La Posta

Here: La Posta Opening Brief.pdfDownload Yavapai Apache Response Brief.pdfDownload Calif Gambling Commission Response Brief.pdfDownload Prior post here.

MSU College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center job announcement: Communications Coordinator

Please share with your networks! The ILPC is seeking applicants for the position of Communications Coordinator. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2023, and […]

Mississippi Federal Court Orders Tribal Court Exhaustion in Claim against Choctaw Resort

Here are the materials in Brown v. Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise (S.D. Miss.): 1 Complaint 7 Motion to Dismiss 9 Response 10 Reply 19 DCT […]

Modoc Drops Reservation Boundaries Suit

Here is the motion in the now-consolidated case of Eastern Shawnee Tribe v. Drummond (N.D. Okla.): 34 Modoc Motion for Voluntary Dismissal.pdfDownload Prior post here. […]

Professionalism – An Interactive Activity at the Indigenous Law Conference

8:30-10:30 ET Professionalism – An Interactive Activity (Ethics) Virjinya Torrez (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Assistant Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe TJ McReynolds (Pueblo de San […]

New Student Scholarship on Circuit Split in Applicability of Federal Employment Laws to Tribes

Logan C. Hibbs has published “Not So Clear and Plain: Exploring the Circuit Split on the Applicability of Federal Labor & Employment Laws to Tribes” […]

Montana Federal Court Allows Habeas Petition against Blackfeet to Move Forward

Here are the materials in Arocha v. Blackman (D. Mont.): 10 Amended Habeas Petition.pdfDownload 22 Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 24 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.pdfDownload […]

First Circuit Materials in Littlefield v. Dept. of the Interior

Here are the briefs: Littlefield Brief Mashpee Tribe Federal Brief Reply Oral argument audio here.

AILC & PLSI Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion Next Week

Judicial Clerkships Panel Discussion October 17, 2023, 12-1 pm MTZoom Webinar with Q&A The tribal, state, and federal benches need more Native judges and judicial […]

Explore New Mexico’s Rich Native American Culture: Museums, Landmarks, and Pow Wows: New Mexico Native American Travel Guide

Home to the largest Pow Wow in the country, New Mexico has a deep connection to its indigenous roots. Santa Fe is a movable feast […]

Native American Medicine and Healing Practices: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellness

It’s all about nature The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. – Chief Seattle  This quote from Chief Seattle reminds […]

Arizona COA Holds State Court Does Not Have Jurisdiction over Tribal Member Defendant in Claim Arising on State Highway on Reservation

Here is the opinion in Medina v. Estate of Cody: 1 CA-CV 22-0709 – Medina v. Chee – Opinion.pdfDownload An excerpt: The issue before us […]

SCOTUS Denies Two Indian Law Cert Petitions

Here is today’s order list. The two denied petitions are Bird Industries v. Tribal Business Council of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold […]

2023 Explore Native Giveaway – Native American Heritage Month Challenge

More info coming October 15, 2023! You can sign up now to get alerts. The post 2023 Explore Native Giveaway – Native American Heritage Month […]

MCN District Court Orders Enrollment Office to Reconsider Denials of Freedmen Descendants’ Citizenship Applications

Here is the order in Grayson v. Citizenship Board (MCN Dist. Ct.): mcn dist. ct., order and opinion on appeal from citizenship board of the […]

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Females of all ages in Indigenous communities are more prone to becoming victims of sex trafficking. In 2015, research found that an estimated 40 percent […]

Sixth Circuit Briefs in Nessel v. Enbridge Energy LP

Here: Michigan Brief.pdfDownload Tribes Amicus Brief.pdfDownload States Amicus Brief.pdfDownload 27-2.-FLOW-Amicus-Brief.pdfDownload

63 Tribal and First Nations Support Attorney General Dana Nessel in 6th Circuit Court of Appeals – Line 5

Amicus Briefs (also known as “friend of the court” briefs) in support of Nessel’s position were filed by 12 states and the District of Columbia, 63 Tribal […]

Borrower Class Prevails over Tribal Lending Operation’s (former?) Partner in Virginia Federal Court

Here are the materials in Williams v. Big Picture Loans LLC (E.D. Va.): 1166 Williams MSJ.pdfDownload 1206 Opposition.pdfDownload 1241 Reply.pdfDownload 1406 DCT Order.pdfDownload Prior posts […]

Vanessa Racehorse and Anna Hohag on Climate Justice and LandBack

Vanessa Racehorse and Anna Hohag have posted “Achieving Climate Justice Through Land Back: An Overview of Tribal Dispossession, Land Return Efforts, and Practical Mechanisms for […]

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Briefs in Stitt v. City of Tulsa

Here: Stitt Opening Brief.pdfDownload Creek Seminole Amicus Brief.pdfDownload Cherokee Chickasaw Choctaw Amicus Brief.pdfDownload Tulsa Brief.pdfDownload Stitt Reply.pdfDownload Creek Seminole Reply Brief.pdfDownload Cherokee Chickasaw Choctaw Reply […]

United States Seeks SCOTUS Review of Decisions Awarding Contract Support Costs to Tribal Health Clinics

Here is the petition in Beccera v. Northern Arapaho Tribe: US v NAT Cert Petition.pdfDownload Question presented: Whether IHS must pay “contract support costs” not […]

Canada Files Amicus Curiae Brief in 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Bad River Case

The Government of Canada submitted a brief as amicus curiae to once again ask the Court to consider “Canada’s Treaty rights” by invoking the 1977 […]

Indigenous Stories on Stage: Natives of the Apocalypse and the Theater Renaissance

In an interview with Paul G the Natives of the Apocalypse (NOTA) group shared their inspiring journey of creating indigenous theater. Comprising four talented Native […]

ASU-UCLA Gathering of Indigenous Legal Scholars Part 3

Forrest Tahdooahnippah Heather Tanana Angela Riley, Vanessa Racehorse, Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Kekek Stark

Discovering California’s Rich Native American Heritage: California Native American Travel Guide

California Native American Cultural Guide As one of the largest states in the country, California has a profound Native American heritage that spans the entire […]

CLE on Native American Tribal Claims and Federal Jurisdiction on Oct. 9

Please join us either in person at the MSU Law School or via livestream. Register here October 9, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Castle […]

Fort Belknap Sues Greenberg Traurig

Here is the complaint in Fort Belknap Indian Community Planning and Development Corp. v. Weddle (D. Mont.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 1-2 Exhibit A.pdfDownload 1-3 Exhibit B.pdfDownload […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects Lummi’s U&A Fishing Claims

Here is the opinion in Swinomish Indian Community v. Lummi Nation. Briefs here. Lower court materials here.

How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is a special month in America– Native American Heritage Month! This is a time to honor and recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, […]

National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) Moot Court Competition – Call for Donations & Judges for Briefs and Oral Arguments

The NNALSA Moot Court competition will be hosted by the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana on February 23-24, 2024. […]

Washington COA Rejects Tribal Employee Immunity Defense, But Rejects Liability on the Merits [DV Wrongful Death @ Tulalip]

Here are the available materials in Pitoitua v. Gaube (Wash. Ct. App.): Opinion.pdfDownload Respondent’s Brief.PDFDownload

New Mexico Federal Court [Browning, J.] Holds State Courts Do Not Possess Jurisdiction over Tort Claims Brought against Tribal Gaming but Federal Courts Have No Jurisdiction to Do Anything About It

Here are the materials in Pueblo of Pojoaque v. Biedsheid (D.N.M.): 18 Amended Complaint.pdfDownload 36-1 Buffalo Thunder MSJ.pdfDownload 41 Peña Opposition.pdfDownload 43 Biedsheid Opposition.pdfDownload 44 […]

Native America Calling Show on Angeline Boulley’s “Warrior Girl Unearthed”

Here. Part of the canon at the MEOW residence

Mastering the Art of Quillwork: A Comprehensive Guide to the Lane Stitch Technique

Quillwork, an ancient and intricate craft deeply rooted in Native American culture, has fascinated artisans and enthusiasts for generations. The timeless beauty of this art […]

Lily Gladstone: Breakout Star in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Shines Light on Native American History

Killers of the Flower Moon, an Apple Original Film set to be released in October 2024 stars Native American actress and breakout star, Lily Gladstone. […]

Mass. Federal Court Quashes Subpoena of Former Tribal Lending Affiliate [tribal sovereign immunity]

Here are the materials in In re Subpoena of Kenney (D. Mass.): 3 Motion to Quash Subpoena 13 Response 18 Reply 39 Magistrate Order

Split Tenth Circuit Vacates Major Crimes Act Murder Conviction and Orders New Trial on Self-Defense

Here is the opinion in United States v. Britt. Briefs: Britt Brief US brief Reply

Tribal and First Nations of the United States and Canada file Early Warning Measure and Urgent Action Procedure Request to CERD

The undersigned Tribal and First Nations submitted a petition to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to urge the Committee to examine the […]

Unveiling Arizona’s Indigenous Legacy: Explore the Vibrant Native American Tribal Heritage

Arizona Native American Travel Guide When you think of Arizona, images of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, or the Sonoran Desert might […]

September 2023 Eighth Generation Giveaway – Enter Daily

Ready for another giveaway? Our September(ish) giveaway will run until October 15, 2023. Thanks again to our friends at Eighth Generation for their partnership!  This […]

G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship Announcement

2023 OBA ILS Bill Rice Scholarshp Flyer v.1 Multiple $2,000-$5,000 scholarships for law students intending to practice Indian law in Oklahoma. Applications due October 13th.

“Navigating Strife: Unveiling Life on Pine Ridge Reservation through ‘War Pony’”

In the film, “War Pony,” we follow along with two young men as they navigate life in a questionable world. Their world on Pine Ridge […]

Court of Federal Claims Dismisses Suit against U.S. Arising from Winnemucca Leadership Dispute

Here are the materials in Winnemucca Indian Colony v. United States (Fed. Cl.): 22 First Amended Complaint.pdfDownload 23 US Motion to Dismiss.pdfDownload 25 Response.pdfDownload 28 […]

Discover the Heart of Indigenous Heritage: Book Native American Cultural Tours

In a world brimming with diverse cultures and rich heritage, there are few experiences as enlightening and enriching as immersing oneself in the traditions and […]

Arizona Federal Court Dismisses Suit against Salt River’s Great Wolf Lodge Brought by Anti-Masking Assholes

Here are (many of the) materials in Preciado v. Great Wolf Lodge (D. Ariz.): 1 Complaint 23 Motion to Dismiss Tribe Defendants 24 Motion to […]

Exploring Native American History and Grooving to Taylor Swift: Our Trip to San Francisco

I’m excited to share my recent adventure with you, as we embarked on a journey to the enchanting city of San Francisco. Our mission? To […]

New Scholarship on AI and Indian Country

Adam Crepelle and Ilia Murtazashvili have posted “Artificial Intelligence on Indian Reservations in the United States: Prospects and Challenges” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: […]

Dear Tribal Leader Letter Regarding Uniform State ICWA Law

The Uniform Law Commission is seeking to consult with tribes regarding the need and/or benefit of a uniform ICWA law for those states that either […]

Rez Ball and the Power of Native American Representation in Storytelling

In a recent episode of the Pow Wow Life podcast, host Paul Gowder interviewed Byron Graves, an Ojibwe and Lakota author from the Red Lake […]

Empowering Young Native Americans: Disney’s Impactful Scholarship and Support Programs

The Walt Disney Company has played a major role in advancing the lives of young Native Americans, mainly through funding a generous scholarship that was […]

Early Materials in Law Firm Dispute with Skull Valley Goshute

Here are the materials so far in Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP v. Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah (S.D. N.Y.): 1 Complaint.pdfDownload 7 […]

State ICWA Law Chart

Over the last week, I’ve put together a (large, clunky) Google sheets of all the state ICWA laws. It isn’t perfect and subject to change […]

Indigenous Representation in Modern Media: Breaking Stereotypes and Shaping Narratives

Recent Hollywood hits like Oppenheimer, Barbie, and Marvel movies create worlds where many see themselves and can relate to the characters and storyline.  However, the […]

Red Cliff Ojibwe to Vote on Whether to Banish Tribal Members

Here is a link to the tribal resolution setting the referendum vote.

Native Americans in Muir Woods and Their Enduring Legacy

Nestled in the heart of Marin County, California, Muir Woods stands as a testament to the ages. Known for its towering redwoods, it’s a site […]

Tenth Circuit Denies Certificate of Appealability to Prisoner Attempting to Invoke McGirt Jurisdictional Defense

Here are the materials in Williams v. Harpe: Application for Certificate of Appealability CA10 Order

Illinois Federal Court Holds Flandreau Lending Company’s Mandatory Arbitration Provision is Unconscionable

Here is the opinion in Harris v. First Management Services LLC (N.D. Ill.): DCT Order.pdfDownload Briefs when PACER stops being a punk.

Spin The Wheel Giveaway – Summer 2023

New giveaway for August 2023 and new ways to play this time! You can spin the wheel below for a chance at a prize.  You […]

New Regulation, 25 C.F.R. Part 2 — Appeals From Administrative Actions

Here. Summary: The Department of the Interior (Department) is finalizing updates to its regulations governing the process for pursuing administrative review of actions by Indian […]

Split Tenth Circuit Panel Affirms Sanctions Award Against Ute Tribe

Here is the order in Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe. Lower court materials here.

Utah Federal Court Allows Employment Claim against Skull Valley Tribal Officials to Proceed

Here are the materials in Skull Valley Health Care LLC v. NorStar Consultants (D. Utah): 2 Notice of Removal to Federal Court.pdfDownload 2-4 State Court […]

WaPo Article on Diversity in OSG Office and Letter to the Editor in Response

Recently the Washington Post published a long article on the issues in the Office of Solicitor General regarding their lack of diversity in hiring. This […]