National Indian Law Library Bulletin (3/11/2020)


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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petitions for certiorari were denied in two cases on 3/9/20:
James v. JW Gaming Development (Sovereign Immunity)
McMahon v. Chemeheuvi Indian Tribe (Reservation Diminishment) 

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. BNSF Railway Company (Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act)
  • Lopez v. State of Colorado (Negligent Conduct; Discrimination)
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. David Bernhardt (Fee to Trust; IGRA)
  • Patterson v. Calderin (RLUIPA)
  • Hawk v. Ecoffey (Prison Litigation Reform Act)

State Courts Bulletin
In the Matter of T.J. II (Indian Child Welfare Act) 

Tribal Courts Bulletin
Carsetti v. Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise (Negligence) 

News Bulletin 
This week, in brief:

  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation
  • How Maine’s tribes are fighting for a broader role in state governance
  • Driving While Indian: Washington considers study to monitor racial bias by state patrol
  • Michigan school district votes to drop Redskins mascot nickname
  • Cherokee Nation awards $6 million to local school districts, challenges Oklahoma to follow its lead
  • Native campaigns: The untold story of the presidential 2020 election
  • Efforts underway to bolster tribes’ energy independence
  • Eastern ranchers say BIA mishandling grazing permits
  • Arizona’s growing powwow, ‘safe space’ for Two-Spirit