Who Won American Indian Law and Policy in 2014?

After Grantland’s similar tournament, we at Turtle Talk are conducting our own 64-team tournament to decide the biggest stories of 2014. We will begin the voting next week, but here are the teams in four categories. Seeding to be determined later. Useful comments on seeding welcome. See you Monday!

Category 1 — Indian nations

Alaska Native tribes
Bay Mills Indian Community
Big Lagoon Rancheria
Buena Vista Rancheria
Cayuga Indian Nation of NY
Cowlitz Tribe
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe
Gun Lake Tribe
Kialegee Tribal Town
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe
Navajo Nation
Omaha Tribe
Oneida Indian Tribe of WI
Resource tribes
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Wind River Tribes

Category 2 — Doctrines, Laws, and Issues

Alternative energy
American Indian education
Climate change
Federal Indian law preemption
Human trafficking
Indian Child Welfare Act
Indian criminal sentencing
Internet gaming
Intra-tribal disputes
Rule 19
Indian country voting rights
Tribal court exhaustion
Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act
Tribal labor relations
Tribal sovereign immunity
Violence against Women Act

Category 3 — People and Parties

Hon. William Canby
Chris Deschene
Sarah Deer
Dollar General Corp.
Hon. Keith Harper
Hon. Eric Holder
Hon. Diane Humetewa
Neal Katyal
Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee
Dean Stacy Leeds/Angelique EagleWoman
McAllen Grace Brethren Church
Frank Pommersheim
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Hon. Kevin Washburn
Robert Williams
Bill Wood

Category 4 — Groups (aka Miscellaneous)

Authors of law review articles on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl
Borough of Jim Thorpe
Carcieri challengers
Cobell settlement beneficiaries
Cohen Handbook
Dept. of Justice
Gray wolves
Indian country pot growers
National Native American Bar Assn.
New Mexico state government
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Tribal In-House Counsel Assn.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Tribal sovereign lenders
Tribal Supreme Court Project

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