University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Symposium — Panel on History of Property Dispossession

Moderator, Bernadette Atuahene, Beryl Satter, Louise Seamster, Michael Witgen, Mary Kathlene Sickel (symposium editor)

Navajo Nation Announces Landmark Settlement with the US

On Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced that it had settled trust claims dating back 50 or more years with the U.S. government.  Ben Shelly, Navajo Nation President, had disclosed in May that an agreement had been reached in principle, but it was not until Wednesday, September 24th, that the settlement was officially announced. The $554 million agreement will  settle claims that the U.S. government mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation for decades.

The settlement will be signed in Window Rock, Ariz. on Friday.

Navajo President Ben Shelly’s announcement can be watched here.

California Next to Legalize Online Poker?

The California Legislature has till the end of August 2014 to decide on two bills that would regulate online poker. Both bills are backed by different interest groups, including various tribes. The bills are AB 2291 and SB 1366.

Additionally, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, CA is moving forward on an online poker site with the intention of adding real money play soon.  This will be an interesting development to keep an eye on and could help set the legal landscape for future tribal online gaming.

Check out this brief blog post on the Iipay Nation’s online poker site: Here