June 2011


June 28, 2011 10:53 AM | Posted by James, Jordan | Permalink
On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of millions of dollars in block grants to tribes for housing-related activities and services. read more
June 27, 2011 1:40 PM | Posted by Van Dusen, Frank | Permalink
In April, the Department of Labor proposed rule changes that require employers to provide additional notice to their tipped employees if the employers apply tips as a credit against the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The new regulations took effect in May. Restaurant operators have challenged the rule change that allows employers in the hospitality industry to credit tips against the federal minimum wage in a case pending in the Eighth Circuit Court. read more
June 22, 2011 8:35 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Following the recent court ruling that allowed the Department of Interior (DOI) to communicate directly with tribal leaders, DOI has announced the first regional tribal leader consultations regarding use of the Cobell settlement proceeds. The first consultation will take place July 15, 2011, in Billings, Montana. read more
June 20, 2011 10:44 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
On June 15, Governor Gregoire signed SB 5942, which allows bid to privatize the state's distribution center. On June 16, the Seattle Times editorial board said . . . read more
June 17, 2011 1:35 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
In a decision issued last Friday, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that an Indian tribe's inherent power to exclude provides regulatory and adjudicatory jurisdiction over a non-Indian business operating on tribal lands, independent of the Montana test. The court held the Colorado River Indian Tribes ("CRIT") had jurisdiction to evict Water Wheel Camp Recreational Area ("Water Wheel"), a non-Indian business operating on tribal land, when it failed to vacate peaceably. read more
June 14, 2011 5:04 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Nearly one year after being asked to undertake a thorough review of off-reservation gaming policy, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk announced on June 14 that the Department has rescinded a 2008 memorandum authored by then Assistant Secretary Carl Artman. read more
June 10, 2011 8:35 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of the Interior ("Interior") announced that it now has authorization to communicate directly with tribal leaders about the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell settlement. read more
June 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Today (June 9, 2011) the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs conducted an oversight hearing on the domestic policy implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the "Declaration"). Speakers explored ways that existing domestic policies achieve goals of the Declaration, and what additional domestic policies could help promote the United States as a world leader in indigenous rights. read more
June 7, 2011 10:52 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
In a 36-page opinion issued May 19, 2011, the Supreme Court of Montana overturned a lower court’s decision to assume jurisdiction over a probate action in which the Blackfeet Tribe claimed to have sole jurisdiction. The conflict arose over the estate of a deceased member of the Blackfeet Tribe. read more