Abritrator Awards More than $28 Million to Grand Canyon Skywalk in Dispute with Hualapai Nation

Here are those materials:

Arbitrator Final Award

Tribal Court Minute Entry & Order

Audio of Ninth Circuit Oral Argument in Snowbowl Case

Audio in Navajo Nation et al. v. US Forest Service available here, thanks to Indianz.

Our previous posts about the case are here and here.

WSJ Article on Tribal Judges

Thanks to Mike McBride and June Mamagona Fletcher, you can download the entire article here without having to register with the Journal:

Wall Street Journal Article on Tribal Judges and Federal Indian Law

Burlington Northern v. Vaughn (CA9) Materials

BNSF v. Vaughn involves the Hualapai tribe’s attempt to impose taxes on BNSF railroad. BNSF brought an Ex parte Young action against two tribal officials: the chairman and the tax collector, seeking an injunction. The tribe argued that the railroad was required to exhaust its tribal remedies and that the tribe and its officials hadn’t waived tribal immunity. The district court disagreed. Here, the Ninth Circuit held that the tribe could bring an interlocutory appeal of the rejection of the immunity defense, but held that the tax collector was not immune from suit and remanded for further proceedings.

Here are the materials:

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Snowbowl En Banc Materials

Indianz.com published the rehearing petitions from the US and the Arizona Snowbowl operators and the oppositions from the Hualapai, Navajo, and Hopi tribes all in one document, here.

Our previous post on this case, with all the materials from the earlier 9th Circuit proceedings (again courtesy of Indianz) is here.

Book Review of Christian W. McMillen’s “Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory”

My short book review of Christian W. McMillen‘s excellent book, “Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory” (Yale University Press) is available for download here. My review appears in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

San Francisco Peaks–Arizona Snowbowl Case to be Heard En Banc by 9th Circuit

From Indianz.com:

The sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. Photo   Deborah Lee Soltesz/U.S. Geological Survey.
The sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. Photo Deborah Lee Soltesz/U.S. Geological Survey.

Court Order:
Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service (October 17, 2007)

Earlier Decision:
Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service (March 12, 2007)

Listen to Oral Arguments:
Navajo Nation v. Forest Service (September 14, 2006)

Appeals Court Documents:
Opening Brief [Word DOC] | Reply Brief [Word DOC]

Lower Court Decision:
Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service (January 11, 2006)

Approval Documents:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvement | Forest Service Approves Snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl

Relevant Links:
Save the Peaks Coalition – http://www.savethepeaks.org
Coconino National Forest – http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/index.shtml

For academic scholarship on sacred sites, see Kristen A. Carpenter’s work here.