34 thoughts on “Matthew L.M. Fletcher

  1. Steven Murphy June 16, 2008 / 10:36 am

    I’m curious to your opinion on CDIB’s – when membership is denied and an individual has a CDIB that clearly displays sufficent blood qauntum, what valid reason can a tribe give for failure to enroll based on Tribal Consitutution?

  2. Matthew L.M. Fletcher June 16, 2008 / 6:20 pm

    There may be several reasons, and it all depends on tribal law. For example, at some tribes, blood quantum is a necessary precursor, but you might have to show direct lineage to a particular class of persons, such as persons on a particular roll. Or, you might have to show evidence of social contacts with the tribe. Finally, it is important to remember that citizenship is political, and all politics is local.

  3. Robert Williams January 23, 2009 / 10:38 pm

    Didn’t see any reference to this conference on your web site. The Federalist Society generally makes available videotape of all events on their site.


    The Federalist Society
    Third Annual Western Conference

    Federal Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, and the Sovereignty of 562 Native American Tribes: A Match Made in Heaven or Somewhere Less Pleasant?

    Start : Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:00 AM
    End : Saturday, January 24, 2009 6:00 PM

    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
    40 Presidential Drive
    Simi Valley, CA 93065
    Telephone: (805) 522-2977
    Fax: (805) 520-9702


    10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Roundtable Discussion: How Comfortably Does Tribal Sovereignty Fit With American
    Democratic Ideals?

    12:00 noon – 1:45 p.m.
    Luncheon Address

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: International Law and Indian Law

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Debate: The Apology Resolutions and the Akaka Bill

    4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Student/Lawyer Reception

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    General Reception

    Featured Speakers:
    Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    John Fund, Wall Street Journal
    Prof. Carole Goldberg, UCLA School of Law
    Dan Kolkey, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP
    Joe Matel, Legislative Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
    Walter Olson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
    Hon. Diarmuid O’Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    Prof. Maimon Schwarzschild, University of San Diego School of Law
    Hon. Tom Sansonetti, Holland & Hart LLP
    Prof. Alexander Tallchief Skibine, University of Utah College of Law
    Hon. Kenneth W. Starr, Dean, Pepperdine University Law School

  4. Dan March 14, 2009 / 11:42 am

    When and where is the review session on Article II for Con Law I?

  5. Patrick Bergin May 20, 2009 / 9:32 am

    FYI: Larry EchoHawk was confirmed last night. See below.


    The following civilian Executive Nominations were confirmed by the
    Senate during the current congress. Nominations flagged with an asterisk
    were approved subject to the nominee’s commitment to respond to requests
    to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the
    Senate. The nominations are listed to reverse chronological order based
    on the date of confirmation.

    May 19, 2009

    Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading
    Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2012.

    Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading

    Kristina M. Johnson, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Energy.

    Steven Elliot Koonin, of California, to be Under Secretary for Science, Department
    of Energy.

    Scott Blake Harris, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy.

    Larry J. Echo Hawk, of Utah, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.


  6. David Moor December 2, 2009 / 7:30 pm

    bohzo Mr. Fletcher,

    I am curious about tribes kicking out members once casinos start generating high revenues from casinos. I have read were many tribal members can prove direct lineage and blood quantum and they still get removed from the rolls because of politics, how prevalent is this really? I am a member of The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and have spoken to members who have commented about tribal members not going to pow wows or things like cultural testing for members, this of course is not done by council but by members with an agenda. And what do you think of Lakes entertainment?

  7. Matthew L.M. Fletcher December 3, 2009 / 10:17 am

    Sorry, but I really shouldn’t comment about any of that. I sit on the Pokagon appellate court. What I would say would be guesswork anyway. Best, Matthew.

  8. Matt February 3, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Click to access 08-969.pdf

    While this case really does not deal with Indian law, I believe the owner of Hemi is Pueblo.

  9. Warren Petoskey October 8, 2010 / 12:49 pm

    Historical Trauma event/conference, November 20th, The Apostolic Church, 3655 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills, MI. Continental breakfast starting at 7:45am and registration for event beginning at 8:00am. Event is free to the public. Sue Parrish, Chippewa and Director of Southeast Michigan Indians Inc., Barbara Petoskey, Choctaw and Cherokee and co-owner of Dawnland Native Ministries along with husband Warren Petoskey, Odawa/Lakotah will be presenting.

  10. hhensley February 18, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Intellectual Property
    By Victoria Slind-Flor – Feb 3, 2011
    A patent owner’s suit against an Indian tribe over a slot machine card holder was rebuffed by a federal judge who found tribes can’t be sued for patent infringement.
    Specialty House of Creation Inc., of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, a maker of casino products, sued the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma in June 2010 for patent infringement in federal court in Tulsa Oklahoma.
    The company claimed in court papers that after the tribe ordered 14,000 slot machine card holders from Specialty House, it made multiple requests for quotes on orders for similar products from TGI Enterprises Inc. of Tulsa.
    Each time TGI received a request for a quote, it contacted Specialty House, which provided the requested quote. Each quote contained a reference to the disputed patent, D486531.
    Specialty House said this number was stamped on every slot machine card delivered to the tribe in the original order for 14,000.
    The tribe then allegedly arranged for production of counterfeit versions of the card holder and began using them at the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma, Specialty said it its court papers. Each card was falsely stamped with the patent number, according to the pleadings.
    Specialty House asked the court for money damages, including $500 for each of the articles falsely marked with its patent number.
    In a January 27 ruling, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell dismissed the case. He noted that other courts have found that because federal patent law contains “no express waiver of tribal sovereign immunity,” tribes can’t be sued for patent infringement.

  11. Esther Hedlund-Lowery October 13, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    Please sir, i need your law expertise. I am Oglala Lakota

  12. Karen L. Spotted Tail October 25, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    Hello, My name is Karen L. Spotted Tail: I been trying to find help or resources that could help find who had killed my niece Shelly Two Strike? IT Is has been over 16 months since her death and NO ONE has been held responsible and have NO ANWERS on her case PLEASE HELP OUR FAMILY! (PLEASE CALL SANDRA TWO STRIKE@ 605-856-2733 OR CELL # @ 605-856-2733) THANK YOU – WOPILA

  13. Jay Daniels March 30, 2013 / 4:42 am

    Marvin, I don’t know what the deal is but I have been trying to connect with you for the past several months. I really enjoy your website and information. It has taught me volumes. I contacted Bryan N who I know personally but still no response. Here is what I wrote tonight: http://roundhousetalk.com/2013/03/why-i-post-so-early/ I always give you props because your site is informative and provides such insight. I won’t bother you all again, but it would been nice to connect.

  14. Vanesa April 18, 2013 / 3:34 am

    Just have a question, if a Tribal Member has a paid seat on the Tribal Board and at the same time is employed by the (same) Tribal Police is that not or would not be considered a conflict of interest? Is that even legal?

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