White Mountain Apache Sues Dept. of Labor over ERISA Determination

Here is the complaint in White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Scalia (D.D.C.):

1 Complaint

An excerpt:

This case will decide whether a sub-agency within the Department of Labor, without any mandate or expertise in addressing Indian policy, has overstepped its bounds in deciding that an Indian tribal government is not acting “governmental”. The Tribe contends that it was an abuse of discretion for DOL to rely on the ad hoc opinions of EBSA staff regarding what constitutes a “governmental” or “commercial” function without having engaged in formal rulemaking, by imposing requirements outside of published transition relief without notice and comment, and by failing to consult with tribal governments as required by DOL policy and Executive Order 13175.

Briefs in Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation v. Dept. of Interior [federal approval of drilling at Fort Berthold]

Here are the updated briefs in Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation v. Dept. of Interior (D.N.D.):

75 MHA Nation MSJ

80 Slawson MSJ

81 Interior MSJ

87 MHA Nation Reply

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Updated Materials in Agua Caliente v. Mnuchin [the one about getting any CARES Act money at all]

Here are updated materials Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin (D.D.C.):

2020-05-03 – Dkt 011 – First Amended Complaint

2020-05-03 – Dkt 012 – Amended Motion for TRO

2020-05-03 – Dkt 013 – Decl of Batton (Choctaw)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 014 – Decl of Greetham (Chickasaw)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 015 – Decl of Plata (Agua)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 016 – Decl of Miguel (Ak-Chin)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 017 – Decl of Hoskin (Cherokee)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 018 – Decl of James (Yurok)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 019 – Decl of De Los Angeles Declaration (Snoqualmie)

2020-05-03 – Dkt 020 – Decl of Ortiz (Arapaho)

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Update in Mashpee v. Bernhardt — Briefing Ordered on Withdrawal of M-Opinion M-37029 [updated]

Here are the updated materials in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. Bernhardt (D.D.C.):

50 Interior Opposition

51 Littlefield Opposition

53 DCT Order

Prior post here.


54 Mashpee Brief

55 Littlefield Brief

56 Interior Brief

57 Mashpee Reply

58-1 USET Amicus Brief

60 Mashpee Brief

61 Littlefield Response

62 Federal Brief

63 Federal Response

65-1 Congressional Amicus Brief

D.C. Circuit Briefs in Stand Up for California! v. Dept. of Interior [Wilton Rancheria]

Here are the briefs:

Stand Up Opening Brief

Interior Brief

Wilton Rancheria Brief

Lower court materials here.