Indian Law Section OK Bar Assc Survey for Pro Hac Vice for ICWA cases

The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Indian Law Section strategic planning committee is exploring the possibility of proposing a change to the current Oklahoma Bar Association pro hac vice rules. This potential change would allow out of state attorneys representing tribal nations to participate in ICWA state court proceedings in Oklahoma without being required to comply with the state’s pro hac vice rules.

 If you could take a few minutes to complete the survey and forward this to other attorneys you know who might be interested in participating, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you.

 Debra Gee, Indian Law Section – Oklahoma Bar Association

Here is the survey

Oklahoma Writers of Color Anthology Is Accepting Submissions

I received the following information from a listserv:

Mongrel Empire Press, an Eclectic Publishing House specializing in regional and uncommon literary works, is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology featuring Oklahoma writers of color.

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, in collaboration with Mongrel Empire Press, seek to publish the writing of People of Color born and/or raised in Oklahoma or who have lived in the Oklahoma for five or more years. Though the editors prefer writing that speaks to some aspect of life in the Sooner State (politics, history, culture, the land, etc), all topics and genres are welcome. This anthology will be the first to document exclusively the lives of minorities in Oklahoma. We are looking for essays, interviews, short fiction, poetry and personal reflections for publication that explore life in Oklahoma as well as the state’s rich history.

Born and raised in Enid, OK, anthology editor Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, three textbooks, a children’s book, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. Quraysh earned an MFA at the Creative Writing Program at New York University where he was a Departmental Fellow and he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002-2011. Quraysh is a member of the faculty of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.

Co-editor Jeanetta Calhoun Mish was born in Hobart, OK and raised in Wewoka, OK; she completed her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Her second poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible, was awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, and the Western Heritage Award. Jeanetta is a contributing editor to Oklahoma Today and to Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine. Mish is also editor of Mongrel Empire Press and the director of The Red Earth MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.

Submission Guidelines:

1. All manuscripts must be typed. For multiple page manuscripts the title of the work and page number must appear on each page.

2. Manuscripts may be e-mailed as an attachment in Microsoft Word or in RTF.

3. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

4. A cover letter must be included with your attachment(s) listing the titles of submitted works and contact information. Also, please include acknowledgments if submitting previously published work.

5. All submitted material must include an e-mail address. Submissions without contact information will not be considered.

6.The deadline for consideration is October 31, 2013

Please send submissions to:

Oklahoma Writers of Color Anthology

E-mail general questions only to


If you know of previously published or historical work that should be included, please contact the editors at

The projected date of publication for the Oklahoma people of color anthology is January 2014. the anthology will be available through most online bookstores and at local independent bookstores in Oklahoma. The editors are planning for a series of readings throughout the state where writers whose submissions appear in the book can present their work to the public.

About Mongrel Empire Press
Mongrel Empire Press was established in 2007 with a mission to publish well-written, thoughtfully-considered works across generic and disciplinary boundaries. The Press actively identifies and promotes Oklahoma and regional writers while at the same time making room for outside the region works that, because of their mixed generic, disciplinary, and philosophical approaches, cannot find a home at other presses that have a more narrowly defined mission.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Editor
Mongrel Empire Press

OK Seeks New Tobacco Tax Deals with Tribes

Oklahoma officials are pushing to raise taxes on tribal tobacco sales to a level that could reduce or wipe out the competitive price advantage tribal smoke shops have enjoyed for decades.

Gov. Mary Fallin’s office, however, said the main goal in its negotiations on new tribal tobacco compacts is to make tobacco taxes more consistent in the state.

Article here.

CA10 Interprets Muscogee (Creek) Secured Transactions Law

The case is In re Harper (Malloy v. Wilserv CU). The CA10 held that tribal law gaps forced the court to resort to Oklahoma law, which appears to have undermined the purpose of having tribal law in the first place. It’s a bankruptcy case, with commercial law as a backdrop.

Here are the materials:

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Quapaw v. Blue Tee & United States (Tar Creek Mine Superfund)

The Quapaw Tribe brought suit against mining companies and the United States over the Tar Creek Superfund Site. The private defendants have been successful in having the tribe’s claims for medical monitoring of tribal members dismissed on the grounds that the tribe didn’t have authority under the parens patriae doctrine to bring those claims. Other claims are pending, as is the United States’ motion for summary judgment.

A description of the mine from the recent district court order is here:

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Osage Nation v. Oklahoma – CA10

The Osage Nation sued the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Tax Commission officials seeking an injunction against the collection of state income taxes against Osage members in Osage Indian Country. The district court denied the state’s Eleventh Amendment motion to dismiss. The CA10 reversed as to the State, but very grudgingly affirmed as to the officials, relying on Ex parte Young.

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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