Here is the opinion in New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish v. Dept. of the Interior.
Here is “High Noon for the Gray Wolf.”
Now we move onto the Category 4 hurricane, groups.
#1 1491s v. #9 Cobell settlement beneficiaries
The 1491s love Jim Thorpe (I think) but not his captor, winning with 93 percent of the vote. Potheads didn’t get out of bed yesterday, so the Cobell settlement beneficiaries had an easy time garnering 73 percent of the vote.
I guess I forget, being in Michigan, that Cobell’s billions are pretty influential. This will be an interesting match-up. The 1491s better hope the beneficiaries aren’t out there buying votes.
#4 Gray wolves v. #5 Cohen Handbook
Ma’iingan feasted on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, with 63 percent of the vote. The entire state of New Mexico was no match for the Cohen Handbook leviathan, barely netting 29 percent of the vote.
Are the law profs hunters? Or will the wolves outthink them? Whozit gonna be?
#2 Tribal Supreme Court v.#10 Tribal In-House Counsel Association
TLPI nearly pulls off the largest upset of the tournament by defeating the Supreme Court Project but fades late, garnering only 44 percent of the vote. The young upstart TICA wins over NABA by one vote!
#3 Law Reviews on Adoptive Couple v.#6 Carcieri challengers
Well, sheer numbers mean something, plus an extra year to deliberate. Adoptive Couple defeats Bay Mills with 62 percent of the vote. Controversy reigns in the Carcieri v. payday lending crowd, but Carcieri must scare (or excite) voters more, winning with 59 percent of the vote.
Now we move to Category 4, which is another miscellaneous category of sorts. Thanks for bearing with me through this.
Category 4 — Groups
# 1 1491s
# 16 Borough of Jim Thorpe
Won NAGPRA case in the Third Circuit. Don’t be fooled. They’re not NAGPRA fans.
# 8 Indian country pot growers
Don’t get too excited. They haven’t won anything yet.
# 9 Cobell settlement beneficiaries
Feds are looking for you. Seriously, this time they want to give you money.
# 4 Gray wolves
# 13 Dept. of Justice
Wait, we already covered this under Eric Holder.
The real # 13 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
# 5 Cohen Handbook
Going strong after all these years, maybe more than ever. Cited 27 times by federal and state courts in 2014. Holy moly!
# 12 New Mexico state government
Won several important Indian law cases this year: got the Part 291 procedures invalidated, against Grand River Enterprises, got a criminal conviction affirmed where the non-Indian had originally been arrested by tribal, bunch of other stuff probably.