Two Michigan Tribal Citizens Selected for State of Michigan’s First Environmental Justice Advisory Council [Bryan Newland and John Petoskey]


January 23, 2020   
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Twenty-one Michiganders Selected for the State’s First Environmental Justice Advisory Council 

 LANSING, Mich. – Twenty-one Michiganders have been selected to the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice (MAC EJ) under the direction of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced today. 

 “Since taking office, I’ve been deliberate and focused on protecting our Great Lakes, cleaning up our drinking water, and combating the real-life impacts of climate change,” said Whitmer. “To address ongoing environmental justice issues, it was absolutely critical that those impacted daily have a seat at the table. We must ensure that the implementation and enforcement of environmental protections, regulations, and policies in Michigan will be fair and meaningful to all Michiganders, regardless of geography, race, color, origin, or income. Actions like these will help to further rebuild trust in our state government.” 

The Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team is led by Regina Strong, the state’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate. The MAC EJ will provide public and impacted community input for the directors appointed to the Response Team. The Response Team is also planning regional roundtables around the state to ensure that as many people as possible are at the table on environmental issues.

“Meeting people where they are is vital to our commitment to making Michigan a leader in environmental justice,” said EGLE Director Liesl Clark. “Creating the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice is an important step in building the framework to ensure all Michiganders benefit equitably from our environmental laws and regulations. Through both the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate and the Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team, we are working to address inequities that impact communities across this state. The creation of this advisory council will play an important role in helping us achieve that goal.” 

The following individuals have been appointed to the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice:   

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Bryan Newland, of Brimley, is an active member of the Bay Mills Indian Community and the president and chairman of the Executive Council. Mr. Newland is an attorney with Fletcher Law and he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.  

John Petoskey, of Northport, is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Mr. Petoskey is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor degree and Master of Science in Environmental Justice and Policy at the University of Michigan. 

Wiring the Rez

The Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will host its sixth annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference January 30-31, 2020. The Indian Legal Program is pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of Interior, and Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation delegate-designate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development Via E-Commerce

January 30-31, 2020

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Acacia Ballroom

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

See full list of speakers and agenda, and register at

Early rate ends Jan. 24.

National Indian Law Library Bulletin (1/22/2020)


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
Read the latest update memo from the Tribal Supreme Court Project.

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Little Dog v. Flathead County (American Indian Religious Freedom Act)
  • State of Maine v. Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Penobscot Nation (Water Quality Standards) 
  • Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo v. City of El Paso  (Tribal Property; Pueblo Lands Act) 
  • Cherokee Nation v. Department of the Interior (Administrative Procedure Act) 
  • Dobbs v. Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee  (Sovereign Immunity) 

State Courts Bulletin

  • Mendoza v. Isleta Resort and Casino  (Sovereign Immunity)
  • State of Minnesota v. Thompson  (Tribal Jurisdiction)
  • State of New Mexico v. Salazar (Criminal Jurisdiction)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
Renzi v. Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise  (Personal Injury)

News Bulletin 
This week, in brief:

  • The necessity of the Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Census count is ‘an act of rebellion’
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs propose change affecting Alaska tribal recognition
  • Guest opinion: Bison transfer corrects longstanding wrong
  • Tohono O’odham historic sites at risk as border wall construction advances in Arizona
  • This South Seattle treatment center has been helping Native people beat substance use disorders for more than 30 years. So why is it closing?
  • Tribes file complaint with UN saying climate change threatens existence
  • Native Sun News Today: Gerry Robinson publishes new book about early Cheyenne history
  • ‘A Native lens’ on the 2020 presidential campaigns
  • Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space.

Gregory Ablavsky on the Presentment Clause and Tomorrow’s Argument in Brackeen

Here is “Brackeen, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Presentment Clause: A Very Pink Herring” on SLS blogs.

An excerpt:

If the Presentment Clause bars Congress from honoring the divergent policy judgments of other sovereigns, then federalism is in trouble. After all, as the briefs stress and the Supreme Court has explicitly endorsed, Congress has expressly adopted state law as federal law in the Assimilative Crimes Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act. It has expressly authorized states to create wage and hour standards higher than the federal government in the Federal Labor Standards Act. It has allowed states to establish different water and air quality standards from the federal government upon EPA approval, a power that the Court has repeatedly ruled on without saying boo.

Cherokee Nation Trust Breach Suit Survives Federal Motion to Dismiss

Here are the materials in Cherokee Nation v. Dept. of the Interior (D.D.C.):

1 Complaint

34-1 MTD