Ninth Circuit Denies Attorney Fees to Chicken Ranch

Here is the opinion in Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California v. State of California.

Briefs here.

Prevailing Tribes Seek More than One Million in Attorney Fees against California


Motion for Attorney Fees



Prior post here.

Split Ninth Circuit Affirms IGRA Good Faith Suit in Favor of Chicken Ranch Rancheria

Here is the opinion Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California v. State of California.

Briefs here.

Ninth Circuit Briefs in Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California v. State of California


State Opening Brief

Counties Amicus Brief

Union Amicus Brief

Answer Brief

Tribal Amicus Brief


Lower court materials here.

California Tribes With IGRA Good Faith Negotiation Suit against State

Here are the materials in Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California v. State of California (E.D. Cal.):

25 Second Amended Complaint

35-1 Tribe Motion for Summary Judgment

38-1 State Motion for Summary Judgment

41 Tribe Opposition

42 State Opposition

43 State Reply

44 Tribe Reply

77 DCT Order

Prior post here.

Update (5/30/21):

79-1 State Motion for Stay

87 Opposition

88 Reply

90 DCT Order

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Chief Judge. Responsible for all judicial work and will preside over three (3) active Tribal Courts for the Northern California Intertribal Court System.

Falmouth Institute

Instructors, Self-Determination and Self-Governance. Are you looking to share your knowledge and expand your reputation in Indian Country? Falmouth Institute, the premier provider of culturally relevant education and information services for North American Indian tribes and organizations, is seeking adjunct faculty to teach 2-day courses on Understanding the Indian Self-Determination Act: Contracting and Compacting under P.L. 93-638 and Self-Governance: The Future of Compacting for Tribes. If you have a passion for teaching and in-depth knowledge of the practical application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act,  including contractibility, declination, contract support cost negotiation, appeals and reporting requirements, write to to apply.

Maynes, Bradford, Shippe and Sheftel, LLP

Associate Attorney, Durango, C.O. The firm seeks an attorney with 2-5 years of experience to join our Indian law practice.  We offer an interesting and diverse practice, a competitive salary, and a collegial working environment.  Candidates with a Navajo bar license strongly preferred. Please email resume and writing sample to:

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Eagle Pass, T.X. Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.

Nisqually Indian Tribe

General Tribal Attorney, Olympia, W.A. Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Closes Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney(2), Pheonix, A.Z. AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Closes 10/06/17.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Appellate Judge(2), Tuscon, A.Z. Appellate Justices are contractors and not tribal employees. The work is dependent upon the number of matters appealed from the trial court, and is not equivalent to full-time (40 hours per week). The Appellate Court convenes when necessary to hear oral arguments and issue opinions.

Other jobs posted this week:

RFP For CR Trainer/Consultant, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (9/27/17).

Previous Friday Job Announcements9/22/17