Amicus Briefs in the Ninth Circuit En Banc Stage of Apache Stronghold v. United States

Here is the fantastic amicus brief on behalf of tribes and tribal orgs written by April Youpee-Roll at Munger and Jason Searle and Beth Wright at NARF:

Here are the other briefs:

Mennonite Amicus Brief

Mormon Church Amicus Brief

Protect the First Amicus Brief

Religious Liberty Scholars Amicus Briefs

Sikh Amicus Brief

Prior post here.

Arizona Federal Court Allows Navajo Suit against Interior over Hopi Trust Land Acquisition

Here are the materials in Navajo Nation v. Dept. of the Interior (D. Ariz.):

31 First Amended Complaint

35 Motion to Dismiss

38 Opposition

41 Reply

This case is on remand after the parties agreed to the vacature of the district court’s dismissal of the suit.

Ninth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of San Carlos Apache Health Care Contract Support Costs Suit

Here is the opinion in San Carlos Apache Tribe v. Beccera.

An excerpt:

A simplified example clarifies this scheme. Assume that a tribe administers a $3 million healthcare program for its members. It costs the tribe $500,000 in administrative costs to do so. IHS therefore will pay the tribe $3.5 million. Additionally, the tribe recovers $1 million for those procedures from outside insurers. It is statutorily required to spend that $1 million on health care as well.
But there is a hole in this statutory scheme. Who pays the CSC for that additional $1 million in health care that the tribe must provide with its third-party revenue? At the heart of this lawsuit is Plaintiff-Appellant San Carlos Apache Tribe’s (“the Tribe”) contention that IHS must cover those additional CSC.

Briefs here.

This guy’s not Apache but he’s happy for them.

Arizona Federal Court Dismisses Navajo Suit Challenging Implementation of Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act of 1974 [updated]

Here are the materials in Navajo Nation v. Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (D. Ariz.):

Updated materials:

36 First Amended Complaint

43 Motion to Dismiss

Ninth Circuit Orders Chickasaw Nation to Arbitration with Pharmacy Benefits Manager

Here is the opinion in Caremark LLC v. Chickasaw Nation.


Lower court materials here.

Ninth Circuit Rejects (again) Challenge to Grand Canyon Uranium Mine

Kanab North Uranium Mine, located next to Kanab Creek, a tributary to the Colorado River on the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Photo   Robin Silver.

Here is the opinion in Grand Canyon Trust v. Provencio.

Briefs here.

Pollution here:

A spring near Grand Canyon contaminated by nearby uranium mining. Photo   Kristen M. Caldon 2015,

Arizona Federal Judge Acquits Border Wall Protester after Assertion of Religious Freedom Restoration Act Defense [Tohono O’Odham Lands]

Here are the materials in United States v. Ortega (D. Ariz.):

Quitobaquito Springs (NPS)

News coverage of the acquittal here.