11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture January 25

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is pleased to present the:

11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture

Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation CLE

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 
W. P. Carey Armstrong Great Hall
Beus Center for Law and Society
111 E. Taylor St. , Phoenix, AZ 85004

Guest Lecturer:
Robert T. Anderson
Director, Native American Law Center, University of Washington
Professor of Law, University of Washington
Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

American Indian Prisoner Religious Freedom 9th Cir. Appeal

Here are the materials in the matter of McCarter v. Kernan et al, 16-cv-05672 (9th Cir.):

Link: Case archive

Nooksack Federal Status Report: BIA Questions 126 Special Election Ballots

Here are the materials in the matter of Rabang et al v. Kelly et al, 17-cv-00088 (W. Wash.):

Link: Case archive

DOI Contingency Plans for Operations in the Absence of Appropriations


Administration Moves for Transfer to Utah in Bears Ears

Here is the motion in Hopi Tribe et al v. Donald J. Trump et al, 17-cv-02590 (D.D.C.):

21 – Federal Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Case to the District of Utah

Link: Case Archive

CFPB Voluntarily Dismisses Case Against Tribal Lender

Here is the notice in Consumer Financial Protection Board v. Golden Valley Lending et al, 17-cv-02521 (Kan.):

101 – Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i)

From Law360(Paywall):

The federal government filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of its loan practices suit against four lenders owned by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, but didn’t offer a specific reason why. The CFPB said in a brief statement to Law360 that it would “continue to investigate the transactions that were at issue,” but declined to comment further because it was an open enforcement issue.

The government did say, however, in a filing from Dec. 5 that the bureau wanted more time to “consult with new leadership” before it submitted additional briefs.

The CFPB’s move to toss the case came just two days after news that the bureau planned to reopen a controversial rule that would bring federal regulations to the payday lending and auto-title lending industries.

The CFPB under its former director, Richard Cordray, finalized a rule in October that would for the first time mandate that payday lenders determine that borrowers can afford the loans they take out, amid a host of other major reforms, marking the last major action of his tenure.

But Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who is serving as the acting director of the CFPB under an appointment by President Donald Trump that is currently being contested at the D.C. Circuit, is a known opponent of the rule, and on Tuesday he made his move to reopen rulemaking procedures, with the likely effect of taking apart many of its most important provisions.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, A.Z. Provides legal advice to the Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closes Tuesday January 23, 2018.

Native American Rights Fund

Fellow, Anchorage, A.K. NARF is seeking a current third-year law student or recent law school graduate with a strong background in federal Indian law and public service for a two-year fellowship starting in September 2018. Please submit application letter, names and addresses of three references, writing sample, and law school transcript to Jill Rush at rush@narf.org. Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to jdixon@sciljc.org. Position is open until filled. Previously posted in #53.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General (Civil). Provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Office is a diverse and dynamic working environment. Previously posted in #42.

Bear Ears Tribal Commission

Commission Director, Four Corners Area. The Director will implement the Commission’s directives as it collaboratively identifies and helps to implement interim visitation, site protection, and interpretation strategies for the monument, and as it engages in the preparation of recommendations for the national monument management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Previously posted in #49.

Previous Friday Job Announcements2018/01/12

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Awarded Attorney Fees, BCBSM is Not

Here is the order in Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan et al v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 16-cv-10317 (E.D. Mich.):

132 – Order Denying Defendant’s Motion for Attorney Fees, Granting in Part Plaintiffs’ Motion for Attorney Fees, and Granting in Part Motion to Review Taxed Bill of Costs

NNABA Foundation Announces Bar Review Scholarship

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation is excited to announce the second year of its Bar Review Scholarship Program.  NNABA Foundation will award at least ten (10) $1,500 scholarships.

To advance our mission to foster the development of Native American lawyers, the NNABA Foundation Board of Directors established this Scholarship Program to help Native American law students offset bar review course/program expenses. The Bar Prep Scholarships were made possible by the generous support of Walmart and NBCUniversal.

The scholarship recipients will be honored at NNABA’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on April 4, 2018, at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Scottsdale, Arizona. More information and a copy of the NNABA Foundation Bar Review Scholarship application is attached and available HERE. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 2, 2018.

Please contact Lauren van Schilfgaarde lauren@tlpi.org or Colleen Lamarre colleen.lamarre@pillsburylaw.com with any questions regarding the scholarship.  Thank you!