Welcome to Native American Law Focus, A Miller Nash Blog


Welcome to Miller Nash's Native American Law Focus–a blog dedicated to providing legal updates and news for tribal governments and their enterprises.

Native American Law Focus will feature postings from a number of practicing attorneys at Miller Nash LLP who work with our tribal group in various areas, including gaming, government relations, labor and employment, finance, litigation, and real estate.

We invite you to come and check us out–and come back often–to stay up to date on local, state, and national issues important to Indian Country.

- Chris Masse, Native American Tribes and Organizations Practice Team Leader
April 11, 2014 11:18 AM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
Registration is open for the 2014 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo. The annual event is being held at Little Creek Casino Resort from July 14-16 . . . read more
April 2, 2014 12:58 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On March 31, 2014, the Department of Revenue issued a Property Tax Advisory which advised that, under federal law, permanent improvements on tribal trust land are exempt from state property tax irrespective of tribal ownership. read more
March 18, 2014 2:25 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Washington State legislature wrapped up its 2014 session March 13, 2014. In this short 60-day session, the legislature passed a few pieces of legislation significant to tribes. The below mentioned bills have all been sent to Governor Inslee for approval . . . read more
March 14, 2014 4:03 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On March 6, 2014, the Big Lagoon Rancheria Tribe filed its petition for rehearing, with suggestion for rehearing en banc. The petition argues that rehearing is necessary to "correct fundamental mistakes of fact and law" contained in the January 21, 2014, majority opinion. read more
March 13, 2014 1:56 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
Yesterday, the Department of the Interior released an opinion from the Solicitor that discusses the legal meaning of "under federal jurisdiction" in the Indian Reorganization Act (the "IRA").  This opinion is in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar . . . read more
February 26, 2014 10:16 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
Last December, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan filed its opening brief in the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, challenging the National Labor Relations Board's ("NLRB") assertion of jurisdiction over its tribal casino. A few days ago, the NLRB filed its brief in response the Tribe's brief. read more
February 19, 2014 2:29 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Announcing the National Intertribal Tax Alliance 16th Annual Tax Conference on September 24-25, 2014 . . . read more
February 11, 2014 11:14 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is holding tribal consultations to discuss what level of environmental review, if any, is required before NIGC approves management contracts under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) . . . read more
January 29, 2014 10:53 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey and Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On January 21, 2014, the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a challenge to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) regulations governing surface leasing on . . . read more
January 22, 2014 2:24 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and the Department of the Treasury will host a telephone consultation on Monday, January 27, at 2:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. PST).  The consultation is intended to address the forthcoming guidance . . . read more
January 10, 2014 8:24 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The IRS Indian Tribal Governments section issued its winter newsletter with information regarding tax reporting and upcoming training opportunities. read more
January 9, 2014 4:08 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
In December, the Chickasaw Nation and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe filed their opening briefs in the Tenth Circuit and Sixth Circuit, respectively. Both tribes are challenging the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) assertion of jurisdiction over tribal casinos. read more
January 8, 2014 9:25 AM | Posted by Coyle, Briana | Permalink
In December, the Chickasaw Nation and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe filed their opening briefs in the Tenth Circuit and Sixth Circuit, respectively. Both tribes are challenging the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) . . . read more
January 6, 2014 11:27 AM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
On December 26, 2013, the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma (CNA) filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn arising out of Washburn's letter disapproving a proposed amendment to the gaming compact between the Tribe and the State of Oklahoma related to Internet gaming . . . read more
January 3, 2014 2:25 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Association is holding their 2014 Winter Legislative Summit January 28-29 in Washington D.C. read more
December 19, 2013 11:00 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
We want to congratulate the five students awarded scholarships by the Northwest Indian Bar Association. read more
December 10, 2013 8:32 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
At the University of Washington’s Tribal Leadership Summit in 2012, Virginia Cross, the Chair of the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, asked the University of Washington to develop an educational program to assist more tribal members to move into management positions in tribal casinos and hospitality enterprises. read more
December 6, 2013 4:02 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

The 11th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit is next week in Seattle on December 12th and 13th. Conference co-chairs Gabe Galanda, Robert Tull, and Frank Miller have put together a strong program again this year.

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December 4, 2013 2:38 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Michigan v. Bay Mills. The case presents two issues for the court: (1) whether a federal court has jurisdiction to enjoin activity . . . read more
November 26, 2013 1:17 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
We are pleased to welcome Brie Coyle to Miller Nash's Seattle office as an associate in our Native American Tribes & Organizations practice team. read more