July 2011


July 26, 2011 8:00 AM | Posted by Jordan, James | Permalink
The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation ("Yakama Nation") have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for Eastern Washington (Spokane Division) against numerous federal agencies and county and city municipalities, alleging that their respective law enforcement officers violated  the Yakama Treaty of 1855 and other federal laws when they entered tribal lands during an armed raid lead by the FBI in February 2011. read more
July 22, 2011 11:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Christine M. | Permalink
Microsoft is currently working on a social search application to compete with Google’s social search engine, but along the way may have run into a little naming faux pas with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. read more
July 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
Two recent noteworthy developments in Federal food safety and nutrition policy provide an opportunity for tribes to receive grants to support tribal food safety and nutrition education programs. read more
July 19, 2011 12:00 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding two roundtable discussions in the coming weeks to discuss taxation issues and also internet gaming. The first discussion, Raising Revenues for our Future, will be held today, July 19, 2011, in Washington DC. read more
July 18, 2011 1:00 PM | Posted by Van Dusen, Frank | Permalink
A federal district court, citing the Tenth Circuit's particular expertise, issued an injunction Monday (July 11, 2011) barring the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB’) from proceeding with two unfair labor practice charges against the Chickasaw Nation's Department of Commerce, which operates tribal casinos on tribal lands.  It appears that the order is contrary to the 2007 DC Circuit decision in San Manuel where the DC Circuit held that a tribal casino is a commercial enterprise when substantially all its employees and customers are not tribal. read more
July 15, 2011 2:55 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Tribal leaders and Washington State legislators are holding a joint executive legislative work group in Olympia on Monday to discuss issues regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction on tribal lands. read more
July 11, 2011 8:33 AM | Posted by Rice, David | Permalink
On June 22, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the request of Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. ("Standing Rock") to receive federal Universal Service subsidies to support communications services provided on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation ("Reservation"), located on the border of North Dakota and South Dakota. This action is significant because it should now be easier for other Tribally-owned communications providers to obtain federal subsidies to serve their own reservations. read more
July 7, 2011 9:52 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
On June 17th, Nevada’s Governor signed a bill into law which will allow independent laboratories to certify gambling machines in that state. Testing and certification of gambling machines is currently limited to state-run labs, but beginning next year, Assembly Bill 279 will lift that restriction. read more
July 5, 2011 9:55 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Northwest Tribal Chairs and Councils are co-organizing the 1st Annual Northwest Sovereignty Summit to be held August 17-18, 2011 at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, WA.

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July 1, 2011 2:17 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
An Arizona U.S. District Court Judge has ruled unconstitutional a law that would have allowed Glendale to annex land owned by the Tohono O'odham Nation. The judge found the Arizona law had the clear purpose and effect of blocking the Department of Interior (DOI) from taking the land into trust pursuant to the Federal Gila Bend Land Replacement Act. read more
July 1, 2011 8:22 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

The White House announced the launch of "Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community," a web page meant to serve as a tool to help Indian Country navigate the federal government and to share information about President Obama's ongoing efforts on issues affecting Native American communities.

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