Campo Band Allowed to Intervene in Suit Challenging Wind Energy Project

Here are materials so far in Backcountry Against Dumps v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (S.D. Cal.):

42 Amended Complaint

46-1 Terra-Gen Motion to Dismiss

49-1 Campo Band Motion to Intervene

55 Opposition to Motion to Intervene

56 Campo Reply in Support of Motion to Intervene

60-1 BIA Motion to Dismiss

61 Backcountry Response to BIA Motion to Dismiss

62 BIA Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss

63 Terra-Gen Reply

65-1 Backcountry Motion for PI

74 DCT Order Granting Motion to Intervene

National Indian Law Library Bulletin (6/9/2021)


We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
A petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 5/28/21:

  • Phillips, et al. v. Oneida Indian Nation (Indian Taxation)

A petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 6/7/21:

  • Seneca County v. Cayuga Indian Nation of New York (Indian Taxation; Tribal Sovereign Immunity)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Ohlsen v. United States (FTCA)
  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians v. Crosby (RICO Act)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In re N.R. (Indian Child Welfare Act)

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

  • In defense of the Indian Commerce Clause.
  • The time is now for the IACHR to address climate action as a human right: Indigenous communities can lead (again).
  • Unqualified? Investing in qualified opportunity zones on reservations.
  • Beyond a sliver of a full moon: Acknowledging and abolishing white bias to restore safety and sovereignty to Indian Country.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Lakota victory: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe celebrates denial of Noem’s fireworks fiasco
  • Cherokee Nation files 1,000th case in tribal court since McGirt ruling
  • ND activists: Lack of tribal inclusion in redistricting runs deep
  • Tackling tribal connectivity: NAU scientist Vigil-Hayes developing broadband solutions for rural areas
  • NCAI weighs in on discovery of remains of 215 children at Indian residential school in Canada
  • Pipeline workers are scaring Indigenous elders away from their own lands
  • Native American mascots could be banned from Colorado schools by October
  • IU works with Native American tribes on new measures to strengthen partnership
  • Wyoming tribes take over full ownership of oil and gas field
  • Native Americans most likely to die from police shootings, families who lost loved ones weigh in
  • Two-spirit pride stories

Ninth Circuit Partially Vacates Assault Conviction of Domestic Violence Victim at Navajo

Here is the opinion in United States v. Charley.


Opening Brief

US brief


An excerpt:

The panel affirmed Seraphina Charley’s conviction on one count of making false statements to a government official, vacated her convictions on two counts of assault within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and remanded for a new trial on the assault counts and for resentencing on the false-statements count.
The convictions stem from an incident with Charley’s boyfriend, Merle Begay, whom Charley hit in the head with a piece of rebar after, she claimed, he attacked her while he was drunk.