SCOTUS Denies Cert in Knighton v. Cedarville Rancheria

Here is the order list.

Cert stage materials here.

Lower court materials here.

Kurowski v. Kurowski Cert Petition

Here:

Cert Petition

Appendix

Questions presented:

Upon tribal court exhaustion must District Courts perform a threshold inquiry to protect the Indian Petitioners’ federal 25 U.S.C. § 1302 rights?

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Cert Petition in Gaming Matter

Here is the petition in Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas v. Texas:

alabama-coushatta-tribe-of-texas-cert-petition.pdf

Questions presented:

Whether IGRA authorizes gaming on tribal lands previously governed by trust statutes that prohibited gaming, as the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Department of the Interior, and the First Circuit have concluded, or not, as the Fifth Circuit has held.

Lower court materials here.

Sequoia Capital Operations LLC v. Gingras Cert Petition [Chippewa-Cree Sovereign Lending]

Here:

petitionforwritofcertiorari-3.pdf

Question presented:

Where an arbitration agreement contains a separate “delegation provision” that reserves for an arbitrator the authority to decide any disputes concerning arbitrability, does Section 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act require a court to decide any challenge to that provision’s validity before the court may proceed to address whether the parties’ underlying dispute is arbitrable?

Lower court materials here.

Update:

BIO: BriefInOpposition

California Trout & Trout Unlimited v. Hoopa Valley Tribe & FERC Cert Petition

Here:

Cert Petition

Question presented:

Do states waive their authority under section 401 of the Clean Water Act if they do not approve or deny a certification request within one year, even when an applicant withdraws and resubmits the request before that one year ends?

Lower court materials here.

News Profile of Lyda Conley, 1st Native Woman to Argue before SCOTUS

Here is “Lyda Conley and the battle for Wyandot recognition.”

“Thank you, TurtleTalk, for this story.  Lyda Conley is an inspiration to all of us who practice in the field.  Oftentimes, I have been identified as the first native woman to argue in the Supreme Court, wrongly so as it turns out.  For one, I’m proud to stand behind Lyda in second, third, or whatever place it puts me.  Let the record stand corrected.”  Arlinda Locklear

We at Turtle Talk have always thought of Arlinda as the first in the modern era. 🙂