Minnesota Supreme Court Rule Recognizing Tribal Court Orders

Over 15 years ago, the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to adopt a robust rule for recognition of tribal court orders. Due in large part to public concern about the efficacy of tribal courts, the supreme court adopted a more cautious rule, one that provided limited guidance and delegated excessive discretion to district courts. The consequences were delays and inconsistencies in the recognition process.

In 2016, the Forum petitioned the supreme court to amend the rule, arguing that any concerns about today’s tribal courts are unfounded. It asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to enhance the rule and extend due deference and respect to tribal courts. The petition received overwhelming support from state court judges, local attorney associations, and the national Indian law community. In a 4-2 decision on July 2, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted the Forum’s petition with minor amendments.

Thank you to all of the state and tribal court judges of the Forum for their leadership and thanks also to Peter Rademacher (Hogen Adams PLLC) for his tireless work as scrivener of the Forum.

Administrative – Order – Other

Pennsylvania First State to Offer Online Gambling & Lottery Sales

Pennsylvania became the first state to offer both online gambling and lottery sales when Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed the recent online gambling legislation offered up by a Republican controlled state legislature.

It will be interesting to see how this same type of scenario plays itself out in a state that has Class III compacts with tribes.

More here.

Muscogee Nation Supreme Court Staff Attorney Job Posting

The Staff Attorney is a professional position within the administrative office of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court under the general direction of the Chief Justice. The Research Attorney is responsible for maintaining a current Docket; preparing draft orders; researching legal materials; preparing legal memorandums for the Supreme Court Justices that include identification of issues, statutory and regulatory authority, relevant legal authorities and any Muscogee (Creek) precedents; preparing current listings of citations and legal references to all relevant Muscogee (Creek) Nation laws and other federal and state law as applicable; maintaining accurate records of all legislative bills and ordinances; and writing draft opinions.

Please click here for the Nation’s job posting:  er-170621

Hogen Adams Seeks Associate Attorney

Hogen Adams is based in the Twin Cities but represents Indian tribes and their business partners nationwide. We are an experienced team who handles all aspects of Indian law for tribes and their business partners, from multi-million dollar lawsuits and arbitrations to tribal financings to day-to-day tribal governance and employment issues. We have won significant cases involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, treaty rights, tribal sovereign immunity, and tribal tax issues. We’ve also negotiated intergovernmental agreements, major casino developments, and complex settlements.

We are looking for an associate with 1-4 years of practice experience. Applicants must have strong writing skills and must evidence a commitment to representing tribal clients. We do not require but do prefer applicants with Indian law coursework or practice experience.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript and legal writing sample to Jessica Intermill, jintermill@hogenadams.com by January 1, 2016.

For more information about the Hogen Adams, please click here.

4th Annual Indian Law CLE • State Bar of Wisconsin Indian Law Section • September 18, 2015

Whether you are a practitioner currently working in Indian Country, or looking to learn more about the exciting and broad field of Indian Law, do not miss the Fourth Annual Indian Law CLE.  Please join the Indian Law Section at the Legendary Waters Resort and Casino in Bayfield, WI as we discuss current topics in Indian Law. This program will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 8.0 CLE credits.  We will also be submitting this program for ethics and professional responsibility (EPR) credits.

More info here.