Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Brings Rights of Nature Claims against City of Seattle in Tribal Court over Skagit River Dams

Here is the complaint in Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe v. City of Seattle (Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court):

SAU-CIV-01-22-001 Civil Complaint

SAU-CIV-01-22-001 Summons

Ninth Circuit Materials in Slockish v. FHA


Opening Brief

Indian Law Scholars Amicus Brief

Religious Groups Amicus Briefs

Religious Liberty Scholars Amicus Brief

Federal Answer Brief


Lower court materials here.


Nevada Federal Court Declines Reconsideration Motion in Lithium Case

Here are the new materials in Bartell Ranch LLC v. McCullough (D. Nev.):

96 Motion for Reconsideration

105 Interior Response

106 Lithium Corp Response

107 Reply

117 DCT Order Denying Reconsideration


UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center Fall 2021 Speaker Series: The Ascension of Tribal Cultural Property Law

NNLPC Fall 2021 Speaker Series: The Ascension of Tribal Cultural Property Law

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Via Zoom, register here:

Please join for a conversation with leading Indigenous rights scholars as they discuss the growing impact of tribal law on issues related to Indigenous Peoples’ cultural and intellectual property.

Kevin Washburn on Tribal Co-Management of Federal Public Lands

Kevin Washburn has posted “Simple Tribal Co-Management: Using Existing Authority to Engage Tribal Nations in Co-Management of Federal Public Lands” on SSRN.


Each year Native American tribal nations enter hundreds of federal contracts worth billions of dollars to run federal Indian programs. By substituting tribal governments for federal agencies, these “self-determination contracts” have been enormously successful in improving the effective delivery of federal programs in Indian country. However, tribal governments wish to do more. Tribes wish to co-manage federal public lands, including lands that lie outside their reservations, and they have a lot to offer in this area. For example, a tribe might seek to contract with the Fish & Wildlife Service to operate a wildlife refuge, or with the National Park Service to manage a park or monument or even with the Bureau of Reclamation to operate a federal dam. Tribes are natural partners for much of this work. Many federal units are located on lands that are, or were, tribal aboriginal lands. Although the federal government has had the legal authority to enter such contracts since 1994, federal agencies have been slow to enlist tribes in the management of federal public lands. A review of the few existing successful cases suggests that tribes confront dramatically different dynamics when seeking to contract functions with agencies beyond the Bureau of Indian Affairs or Indian Health Service and other agencies providing services to Indian people. At a time when indigenous-led conservation is crucial to addressing climate change and our national conservation goals, this article examines the obstacles to tribal co-management of public lands and proposes solutions.

Always good to see new scholarship from Dean Washburn.