Who Won Indian Law and Policy 2014? First Round Bracket — 7 of 8

Now we move to Category 4, which is another miscellaneous category of sorts. Thanks for bearing with me through this.

Category 4 — Groups

# 1 1491s

Funny people. Appeared on The Daily Show and had a fine time with some Redskins fans. Went to football game, too.

Also, appeared at Michigan State! Had lunch.


# 16 Borough of Jim Thorpe

Won NAGPRA case in the Third Circuit. Don’t be fooled. They’re not NAGPRA fans.

# 8 Indian country pot growers

Don’t get too excited. They haven’t won anything yet.


# 9 Cobell settlement beneficiaries

Feds are looking for you. Seriously, this time they want to give you money.

# 4 Gray wolves

Brother ma’iingan won one this year. I called it. Not really.


# 13 Dept. of Justice

Wait, we already covered this under Eric Holder.

The real # 13 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Always doing stuff.

# 5 Cohen Handbook

Going strong after all these years, maybe more than ever. Cited 27 times by federal and state courts in 2014. Holy moly!


# 12 New Mexico state government

Won several important Indian law cases this year: got the Part 291 procedures invalidated, against Grand River Enterprises, got a criminal conviction affirmed where the non-Indian had originally been arrested by tribal, bunch of other stuff probably.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing Tomorrow on Childhood Trauma in Indian Country


Nov 19, 2014 at 2:30 P.M. (EST): Oversight Hearing on “Protecting our Children’s Mental Health: Preventing and Addressing Childhood Trauma in Indian Country.”

Date: 11/19/2014 02:30 PM
Location: 628 Senate Dirksen Bldg
Type: Oversight Hearing



Acting Director-Indian Health Service

Principal Deputy Administrator-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Panel 1

Director and Principal Investigator-Institute of Educational Research and Service, The University of Montana National Native Children’s Trauma Center

President/CEO-Alaska Native Health Board

Witness List and Written Testimony in July 23 SCIA Hearing on Indian Gaming



The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Representative-United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Representative-United States House of Representatives

Panel 1

The Honorable Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs-United States Department of the Interior
View Testimony

Mr. Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri
Vice Chairman-National Indian Gaming Commission
View Testimony

Ms. Anne-Marie Fennell
Director-Natural Resources and Environment-United States Government Accountability Office
View Testimony

Panel 2

The Honorable A.T. Stafne
Representative-United States House of Representatives
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The Honorable Michell Hicks
Principal Chief-Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
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Mr. Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.
Chairman-National Indian Gaming Association
View Testimony

Panel 3

The Honorable Diane Enos
Chairman-Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation
View Testimony

The Honorable Ned Norris, Jr.
Chairman-Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona
View Testimony

The Honorable Jerry Weiers
Mayor-City of Glendale
View Testimony

SCIA Hearing on the Indian Law and Order Commission Report

Link to video here.

Witness list:

Panel 1

The Honorable Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs-U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
The Honorable Timothy Q. Purdon
U.S. Attorney-District of North Dakota, U.S. Department of Justice, Fargo, ND

Panel 2

Mr. Troy Eid
Chairman-Indian Law and Order Commission, Denver, CO
Ms. Affie Ellis
Commissioner-Indian Law and Order Commission, Cheyenne, WY

Ms. Tamra Truett Jerue
Director-of Social Services and Tribal Administrator, Anvik Tribal Council, Anvik, AK

Written Testimony in SCIA Hearing on Carcieri


Today in History – Improvements in Indian Law

Thirty years ago today (according to this site) Senator Mark Andrews introduced Senate Resolution 127 to make the Select Committee on Indian Affairs a permanent committee.

Today is also Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Matthew!

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Release on VAWA Tribal Provisions Vote

Senate Votes Down Amendment to Remove Tribal Provisions from Violence Against Women Act


In Senate floor speech, Sen. Cantwell urged colleagues to reject amendment that would have cut protections for Tribal victims

Cantwell: ‘This is about the life and death of women who need a better system to prosecute those who are committing serious crimes against them’

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged her Senate colleagues to reject an amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.47) that would have stripped critical protections for Tribal women. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 31-59 this evening.

The amendment would have removed the vast majority of Section 904 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which ensures that non-Indian defendants in Tribal court are afforded due process in a manner consistent with state and federal courts. This includes the right to effective assistance of counsel, the right to a trial by an impartial jury, as well as all other Constitutional rights.

“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about a debate on what is a good way to win votes somewhere in America,” Cantwell said in a floor speech prior to the vote. “This is about the life and death of women who need a better system to help prosecute those who are committing serious crimes against them.”

Watch a video of Senator Cantwell’s floor speech here.

Last week Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about a similar amendment that would overturn Tribal jurisdiction and limit the ability of Tribal courts to punish non-Indian domestic violence offenders who assault Indian women.

Cantwell is an original co-sponsor of the bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on January 22, 2013. Since the first VAWA bill passed in 1994, domestic violence has decreased by 53 percent. The reauthorization bill includes critical improvements to extend domestic violence protections to individuals, including women in Tribal communities, who are currently not protected. An estimated 40 percent of Native women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Eighty percent of perpetrators of these crimes are non-Indian, and under current law, are not likely to be prosecuted by Tribal governments.

Previous reauthorizations of VAWA have been approved in a timely fashion with overwhelming support. Last Congress, a similar Senate version of the VAWA reauthorization bill passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 68-31, but ultimately stalled in the House. S. 47 has 60 co-sponsors and is expected to head to the Senate floor for final passage tomorrow.

Cantwell has been a consistent champion for the reauthorization of VAWA. In December, she joined six of her female Democratic Senate colleagues to call for House passage of VAWA before Congress adjourned for the year. In April 2012, she joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) at the King County Sheriff’s office to highlight the benefits of the bill to local law enforcement.

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