Federal Court Dismisses Tort Claim against Tribal Casino for Lack of Diversity Jurisdiction

Here are the materials in Dettle v. Treasure Island Resort & Casino (D. Minn.):

11 amended complaint

24 motion to dismiss

31 response

38 magistrate report

41 letter to court

42 response to objection

43 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 indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Tribal Court Strategic Planning RFP. The consultant will engage with justice system partners in a data-informed planning process and will develop a written tribal court strategic plan that will guide the development of the Fond du Lac Tribal Court. To submit a proposal, send a proposal by e-mail to MiyahDanielson@fdlrez.com or by mail to Miyah Danielson, Executive Director for Tribal Programs, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Tribal Court Personal Representative Legal Services RFP. Provide legal representation to personal representatives in tribal court probate proceedings

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Notice is hereby given that the OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE is accepting applications for the positions of:

Administrative Law Judge
Attorney General
Prosecutor (3 positions)
Chief Judge
Ethics Committee (4 positions) & Alternate (2 position)
General Manager – Casino

All positions open until filled. Please call Oglala Sioux Tribe Secretary, Donna Solomon at (605) 867-8468 for further information.

Native American Disability Law Center

Attorney, Farmington or Gallup, N.M. The Law Center provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo & Hopi reservations.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Governmental Affairs, Washington D.C. The person in this role should have experience with Capitol Hill, public health, government affairs, grants, and the legislative process as well as a work history with Native American issues and a strong work ethic. This opportunity would be best for someone who has congressional experience and a passion for the betterment of American Indian/Alaska Native healthcare.

Policy Associate, Washington D.C. The person in this role should have experience with Capitol Hill, public health, government affairs, and the federal legislative process as well as a work history with Native American issues and a strong work ethic.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Assistant Prosecutor. This position is for attorneys or advocates with entry to mid-level experience. This position will mainly handle criminal cases, but will involve some juvenile, child support, and child protection matters. Pay is dependent upon experience. Indian and Veteran preference applies. Call or email with any questions. You must turn in an application and all supporting documents by 5:00 p.m. on 25 August 2017 to be eligible for this position. Incomplete applications may be screened out. Telephone calls are not accepted in place of an employment application.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Must have at least five (5) years but preferably ten (10) years of successful experience as a licensed attorney and provide evidence of expertise in issues related to Tribal Government and Policy, Water and/or Natural Resources Law, and/or Tribal Economic Development, and/or Employment Law. Open Until Filled with First Review August 18, 2017.

University of South Dakota School of Law

Tenure-Track Position in Trial Advocacy. Will teach two three-credit sections of the Trial Techniques class most semesters, and in addition, will be responsible for coaching the trial team program. The trial team has a high rate of student participation.

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Paralegal, Airway Heights, W.A. Assists the assigned attorney with legal issues and concerns involving Tribal Legal Office activities.

Other positions posted recently:

University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law – Natural Resources/Environmental law professor (8/16/17)

Prairie Island Indian Community – RFPs for Appellate Judge, Election Legal Services, and Associate Judge (8/14/17)

Nez Perce Tribe – Public Defender, Chief Judge

Last Friday Jobs Announcement: 8/4/17

Prairie Island Indian Comm. and Available Asst. General Counsel Position

Description: The Prairie Island Indian Community seeks an attorney whose primary responsibility would be to work with the Community’s Family Services Department and represent Family Services in child welfare, child protection, and other matters in the Community’s Tribal Court and other state courts as needed. In addition to the work with Family Services, the Assistant General Counsel would assist in other Legal Department matters, including those involving: tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, land assignments and housing, litigation, enrollment, ordinance drafting and revision, gaming operations and regulation, and government relations.

Qualifications: Minnesota licensed attorney with three years of experience or more. Preferred experience includes working with tribal governments, or working in child welfare and family services. Must gain admission to practice law before the Community’s Tribal Court. Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Indian preference applies in accordance with Section 7 (b) P.L 93-638.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Closing date: Open until filled.

Please send resume and cover letter to Eleanore Bartell, HR Director, Prairie Island Indian Community, 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089 or Fax: 651 385-4180 or email: ebartell@piic.org. For information call 651 385-4138 or 800 554-5473, ext. 4138.

Prairie Island Indian Community Press Release on Challenge to NRC’s Spent Nuclear Fuel Continued Storage Rule


Rule increases likelihood that more than 1.5 million pounds of nuclear waste will be stranded on Prairie Island indefinitely

Welch, Minn., Oct. 27, 2014 – The Prairie Island Indian Community today filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) final rule on the Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Continued Storage Rule and the Generic Environmental Impact Statement were recently approved by the NRC and became effective as of October 20, 2014.

The states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont filed a separate appeal earlier today. In 2012, a coalition of the Prairie Island Indian Community, the states, and several environmental groups won a landmark decision that vacated the NRC’s Waste Confidence Decision and Temporary Storage Rule. In its decision, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that spent nuclear fuel “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk,” and that the NRC “can and must assess the potential environmental effects” of permanent onsite storage.

“The NRC has sidestepped its obligation to our Tribe to do a full and complete analysis of the risks of permanent onsite storage of nuclear waste 600 yards from our nearest residences,” said Tribal Council President Ronald Johnson. “It leaves communities like Prairie Island at considerable risk, exposing us to the vulnerabilities of aging facilities, human error and natural disasters for generations to come.”

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National Park Service Releases Effigy Mounds Desecration Report



News coverage here.

Loyal Mdewakanton Suit in the Federal Circuit

From How Appealing:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit examines the federal government’s obligations to the loyal Mdewakanton band of the Sioux tribe: You can access today’s lengthy ruling at this link.

The case reaches the Federal Circuit from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, whose rulings on the matter can be accessed here and here.

In late October 2004, Minnesota Public Radio had a report headlined “‘Loyal Mdewakantons’ win land dispute” about the first of those two rulings.