SCOTUS Grants LDF v. Coughlin

Here is the order.

Cert stage briefs here.

Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe Cert Petition in Bankruptcy Act/Sovereign Immunity Case

Here is the petition in Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Coughlin:

Question presented:

Whether the Bankruptcy Code expresses unequivocally Congress’s intent to abrogate the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes.

Lower court materials here.


Penobscot Nation + US Cert Petitions against Maine in Penobscot River Dispute

Here is the petition in Penobscot Nation v. Frey:

Here is the petition in United States v. Frey:

Question presented (from the Penobscot petition):

Whether the Maine Indian Settlement Acts— consistent with this Court’s precedents on statutory interpretation and the Indian canons of construction— codify the historical understanding of the Penobscot Nation, the United States, and the State that the Penobscot Reservation encompasses the Main Stem of the Penobscot River.

Lower court materials here.


NCAI Amicus Brief

Members of Congress Amicus Brief

Maine State-Tribal Commission Amicus Brief

First Circuit Briefs in Challenge to Tribal Immunity under Bankruptcy Act

Here are the briefs in In re Coughlin:

Opening Brief

Joint Response Brief

NAFOA Amicus Brief

2021-07-22 Amici Professors of Federal Indian Law Brief – 1st Cir Docket No 21-1153

Lower court materials here.

First Circuit Decides Second Aquinnah Tribe Gaming Appeal

Here are the opinion and briefs in Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association Inc. v. Wamapnoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah):


Tribe Opening Brief

NCAI Amicus Brief

Town of Aquinnah Principal Brief

Martha’s Vineyard Amicus Brief

Tribe Reply

Tribe Response to MVC Amicus Brief

Town of Aquinnah Reply

Prior post here.

First Circuit materials in earlier appeal.

First Circuit En Banc Briefs in Penobscot Nation v. Frey










Prior post here.