Federal Court Dismisses Discrimination Complaint against Forest County Potawatomi

Here are the materials in Thurmond v. Potawatomi Hotel and Casino (E.D. Wis.):

1 Pro Se Complaint + EEOC Letter

26 Motion to Dismiss

33 DCT Order

Staff Attorney Position with Forest County Potawatomi


The Forest County Potawatomi Community is seeking a qualified in-house staff attorney to provide legal advice and representation to a diverse client base.  A minimum of five years of experience is required. Candidates must possess a valid license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or be willing to obtain such a license within a reasonable time.  The position offers challenging work, competitive compensation and benefits. Areas of practice include: Employment, Health, and/or General Corporate. A general knowledge of Indian Communities and Indian Law is preferred but not required.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  fcpcmw@gmail.com

Forest County Potawatomi Seeks Environmental Lawyer

The Forest County Potawatomi Community’s Attorney General Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is seeking an experienced environmental attorney with eight or more years of relevant experience. Candidates should possess a broad range of experience in tribal, federal and state environmental laws, as well as experience in energy-related projects.

Qualified candidates must be licensed or eligible for licensure in Wisconsin.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Deputy Attorney General Jo Swamp via U.S. Mail (Forest County Potawatomi Community, 313 North 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233) or E-Mail (jo.swamp@fcpotawatomi-nsn.gov).

Seventh Circuit Holds that Michigan Lacks Standing to Challenge Wisconsin Tribal Environmental Regs

Here is the opinion in Michigan v. EPA (Michigan v. EPA Opinion). Judge Wood’s opinion begins:

The cultural and religious traditions
of the Forest County Potawatomi Community (“the
Community”) often require the use of pure natural re

The cultural and religious traditions of the Forest County Potawatomi Community (“the Community”) often require the use of pure natural resources derived from a clean environment. Many years ago, the Community became alarmed by increasing pollution levels in its lakes, wetlands, and forests. To remedy this problem, it submitted a request to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to redesignate certain tribal lands from Class II to Class I status under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) program of the Clean Air Act (“the Act”). This would have the effect of imposing stricter air quality controls on emitting sources in and around the Community’s redesignated lands.

After nearly fifteen years of administrative proceedings and dispute resolution efforts between the Community and neighboring Wisconsin (which were successful) and Michigan (which were not), the EPA promulgated a final ruling redesignating the Community’s lands to Class I status. It also issued two companion announcements concluding dispute resolution proceedings with Wisconsin and Michigan. Michigan seeks review of these three final administrative rulings. It asserts that the EPA pursued the redesignation in an improper manner and, as a result, needlessly complicated Michigan’s air quality control programs. Because Michigan lacks standing to pursue these claims, we dismiss its petition for review.

Briefs are here.

Michigan v. EPA — Mich. AG Challenges Clean Air Act Standards Adopted by Wisconsin Tribe in CA7

Here are the materials: