Arizona Court Holds Indian Tribes May Be Beneficiaries of Criminal Restitution Award

Here is the opinion in State v. Leal (Ariz. Ct. App.):

state-v-leal.pdf

An excerpt:

Defendant Carlos Leal appeals a restitution order requiring him to pay $5,500 in funeral expenses for a man he shot and killed in a bar. Leal does not challenge his murder conviction or resulting prison sentence. He does not argue the funeral expenses were unreasonable or unpaid. Instead, because the restitution award went to the Quechan Indian Tribe, rather than to a member of the victim’s family, Leal argues the order was fundamental error. Because Leal has shown no error, the restitution order is affirmed.

Department of Interior Approves Wind Project Despite Objection of Tribes

From  U~T San Diego here:

Native American tribal officials remain concerned about artifacts as well as the basic visual intrusion on a landscape tied to the creation stories of several nearby tribes.

“That’s part of these people’s spiritual identity, and yet they want to put up turbines and destroy and interfere with that reverence and the serenity of what the creator gave them,” said John Bathke, a historic preservation officer for the Quechan Indian Tribe.

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“We understand that they have those concerns with regard to consultation,” said Erin Curtis, a spokeswoman for the BLM in Sacramento. Federal policy on tribal consultation, she said, “doesn’t necessarily require agreement all of the time.”

The Bureau of Land Management Press Release is here.

The Record of Decision, Final EIS, and other information from the BLM can be found here.