National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/5/2021)

Indian Law Bulletins
from the National Indian Law Library

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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
A petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 4/14/21:

  • Gilbert v. Weahkee (Indian Health Service; ISDEAA Contracts)

A petition for certiorari was filed in another case on 4/26/21:

  • Pierson v. Hudson Insurance Company (Waiver of Sovereign Immunity; Criminal Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Rabang v. Kelly (Disenrollment)
  • Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior (Water Rights; Trust Breach)
  • Dutchover v. Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Sovereign Immunity; Tribal Police)

State Courts Bulletin

  • Michael C., Tyana T. v. Department of Child Safety, Greenville Rancheria (Indian Child Welfare Act)
  • Olga C. v. Department of Child Safety, Tohono O’odham Nation (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin

  • Fort Peck Tribes v. Smith (Exclusion; Banishment; Indian Civil Rights Act)

U.S. Legislation – 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.1402 – A bill to amend the Native American Languages Act to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages, and for other purposes.
  • S.1471/H.R.2930 – To enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.2878 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)

  • The Secretary of the Interior has the authority to take land into trust for federally recognized Alaska tribes.
  • “The desert is our home.”
  • Coeur D’alene Tribe v. Hawks: Why federal courts have the power to recognize and enforce tribal court judgments against nonmembers “because of the federal government’s unique relationship with Indian tribes.”
  • The disproportionate effect on Native American women extending the Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Act to include a woman’s conduct against her child in utero: United States v. Flute.
  • Mirrored harms: Unintended consequences in the grant of tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indian abusers.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • New report looks into water insecurity in tribal lands across Colorado River Basin
  • Cherokee Nation working to deal with avalanche of McGirt cases
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision delivers significant victory for the Navajo Nation
  • Pueblo, Indian Health Service reach hospital agreement
  • Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee engages Aquila Cubed Consulting, LLC, to expand economic development opportunities with Federal Communications Commission Spectrum License
  • Poet Laureate launches project to commemorate Indigenous communities
  • Federal partners, tribal leaders, Native youth carry messages of resiliency, overcoming COVID-19 trauma at National Tribal Public Health Summit
  • Schatz leads Indian Affairs oversight hearing to examine federal COVID-19 response in Native education systems
  • UW grad combines research, tribal traditions in wolf relationship plan
  • Indigenous media suffer from lack of funding, representation