Introducing the new Tribal Court Indian Law Bulletin from the National Indian Law Library

“The American Indian Law Clinic is excited to collaborate with NILL for the Indian Law Bulletin, in the spirit of our longstanding relationship with the Native American Rights Fund. Tribal jurisprudence is a vital component of Indian law for lawyers, judges, and students alike, and this bulletin will ensure access to these important legal resources.”
Carla Fredericks
Carla Fredericks, Director
Colorado Law School’s American Indian Law Clinic and Program

The National Indian Law Library (NILL), in partnership with the University of Colorado Law School Indian Law Clinic, is pleased to introduce the new Tribal Courts Bulletin.  This new bulletin will feature selected tribal court opinions of value to Indian law practitioners, educators, and students.  The Tribal Courts Bulletin will complement the state and federal case bulletins published by NILL since 2001.

To date, the NILL Indian Law Bulletins have focused primarily on federal and state law relating to Native Americans. By adding some of the most important current tribal court opinions, NILL strives to offer a more complete Indian law update service.

See the new bulletin along with our other Indian Law Bulletins at  and read about the selection and publishing criteria at As with all of our bulletins, you can search for past materials using the search features on our website. We welcome your comments on this new bulletin.

If you are a tribal court judge or tribal attorney and would like more information about submitting your tribe’s court opinions, please contact David Selden at, 303-447- 8760.

American Indian Law Program, University of Colorado Law School

New Indian Law Bulletin Content Published on 12/19/16.

The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/19/16.  Sign up for free (generally weekly) email updates here. Not all updates are published on this blog.

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition was filed in Meyers v. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin (Tribal Sovereign Immunity) on 12/7/16.

U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation v. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (Tobacco – Federal Excise Tax)

U.S. Federal Trial Courts Bulletin
Tribe v. Fleming (Indian Child Welfare Act – Due Process Clause)
Navajo Health Foundation v. Burwell (Indian Health Service Contracts)

State Courts Bulletin
Stand Up for California! v. State (Land into Trust; Gaming)

News Bulletin
In the Land & Water section we feature articles about recent Indian water settlements.

U.S. Regulatory Bulletin
We feature a Department of Justice notice of federal concurrent jurisdiction with the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
Here are the articles featured this week:
Is the Indian Child Welfare Act losing steam?: Narrowing non-custodial parental rights after Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act–substantial burden–Ninth Circuit holds that federal cannabis prohibition is not a substantial burden.– Oklevueha Native American Church of Hawaii, Inc. v. Lynch, 828 F.3d 1012 (9th CIR. 2016).

U.S. Legislation Bulletin
These bills were added:
S.612: Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.
S.817: A bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.
S.818: A bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.

National Indian Law Library/NARF

Important Bear’s Ears Meeting on July 16 in Bluff, Utah

The Bear’s Ears Coalition, an inter-tribal group supporting a National Monument to protect sacred lands in Southern Utah, is hoping supporters will attend a meeting this Saturday, July 16 in Bluff Utah to express their support for the proposal. Tribal people have been working hard on this proposal and there is momentum, but the Secretary and other administration officials need to see that support is broad and deep.  See below for details from the Coalition:

Urgent! Secretary Jewell will be in Bluff on July 16. Stand with #ProtectBearsEarsNow

Coalition website:

Join tribes in support of a Bears Ears National Monument on July 16 in Bluff, UT! Don’t miss your chance to tell the Obama administration why it’s time to #ProtectBearsEarsNow. RSVP:

Ask @POTUS to make history and honor tribes’ request to #ProtectBearsEarsNow!

Your voice matters! Looting, grave robbing still threaten the Bears Ears #ProtectBearsEarsNow

Free Weekly Indian Law Bulletins – How to “Subscribe”

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If you are not familiar with the National Indian Law Library Indian Law Bulletins, below is a list of bulletins published today. You can sign up for these free weekly bulletins alerts here:

The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/4/16.

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition for certiorari was denied in Knight v. Thompson (Prisoners – Grooming Policies) on May 2, 2016.  Petition was filed in Pro-Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse, et al. (Trademarks – Washington Football Team) on May 2, 2016 and in Pauma Band of Mission Indians v. California (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act – Bad Faith Negotiations) on April 18, 2016.

In addition, see the Tribal Supreme Court Update Memoranda of May 4, 2016 at:

State Courts Bulletin
In re N.H. (Indian Child Welfare Act – Application of)
In re Adoption of B.T.S. (Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act; Adoption – Mother’s Consent)

News Bulletin
In the Sacred Places section, we feature an article on the status of the Bears Ears National Monument effort and resistance.

U.S. Regulatory Bulletin
We feature a notice with an update of Indian entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
We added these articles:
The Washington Redskins and the current standard for disparaging trademarks: The impact of disparaging trademarks in the modern world.
Regulating access to traditional knowledge and genetic resources: The disclosure requirement as a strategy to combat biopiracy.
Traditional knowledge exists; intellectual property is invented or created.

David Selden
National Indian Law Library/NARF

NARF’s Library Offers Free Weekly Indian Law Updates – signup

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National Indian Law Library Indian Law Bulletins Published 10/3/15.

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition was filed in Alaska v. Organized Village of Kake, Alaska, et al. (Administrative Law – Policy Shift) on 10/12/15.

U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin
Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pauma and Yuima Reservation v. California (Tribal-State Gaming Compact – Misrepresentation)

State Courts Bulletin
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians v. State (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act – Breach of Contract, Indian Gaming Regulatory Act – Damages)

News Bulletin
In the Economic Development section, we feature an article on tribes moving beyond gaming for economic development.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
We feature an article about protection of environmentally displaced populations through a new relocation law and several other articles on general stream adjudication.

U.S. Legislation Bulletin
We added two new bills:
S.2205: Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Act of 2015.
H.R.3848: Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Reaffirmation Act.

Regulatory Bulletin
We feature a notice of intent from the Legal Services Corporation to award grants for the provision of civil legal services to eligible low-income clients [including Indian country].