Canadian First Nation’s Payday Lending Partners’ Convictions for RICO Violations in US Affirmed by Third Circuit

Here is the unpublished opinion in United States v. Neff:



Hallinan Brief

Neff Brief

US Brief

Neff Reply

Hallinan Reply

Third Circuit Briefs in United States v. Neff [third-party use of tribal immunity defense; “rent-a-tribe”]

Here are the materials in United States v. Neff:

Hallinan Appellant Brief

Neff Appellant Brief

US Answer Brief

Neff Reply

Hallinan Reply

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Suit by Borrower’s Suit against Assignee of Tribal Sovereign Lender

Here are the materials in Goldenstein v. Repossessors Inc.:

CA3 Opinion

Appellant Brief

Appellee Brief


Lower court materials here.

Debate on JURIST re: NAGPRA and the Jim Thorpe Case

Here is Walter Olson’s post “NAGPRA, Indian Burials, and the Unquiet Grave.”

Here is Elizabeth C. Varner, Diane Penneys Edelman and Leila Amineddoleh’s “NAGPRA and Congress’s Foresight.”

H/T Pechanga.

The Third Circuit materials are here (en banc petition pending).

Third Circuit Accepts NCAI and Sen. Nighthorse Campbell Amicus Briefs in Jim Thorpe Appeal


ORDER (MCKEE, Chief and Circuit Judge) granting motions of the National Congress of the American Indians and Ben Nighthorse Campbell to file in support of the petition for rehearing. The Clerk is directed to file the briefs on the docket as statements in support of rehearing and circulate them to the full Court. No response by Appellant is required unless the court directs, filed. [13-2446, 13-2451] (TMK)

The en banc petition is here. The amicus briefs are here.

Third Circuit En Banc Petition Materials in Thorpe v. Borough of Jim Thorpe (UPDATED)


Petition for Rehearing (12-8-14)

NCAI Mtn for Leave and Proposed Brief in Support Filed 12-8-14

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell amicus brief

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell motion for leave to file amicus brief


Borough Opposition to NCAI Amicus Brief

NCAI Reply in Support of Amicus Motion

Third Circuit panel materials here.

Third Circuit Holds NAGPRA Does Not Require Repatriation of Jim Thorpe’s Remains

Here is the opinion in Thorpe v. Borough of Jim Thorpe:

Jim Thorpe Opinion [Update — the clerk has withdrawn this version of the opinion for quality control.]

An excerpt:

Thorpe’s remains are located at their final resting place and have not been disturbed. We find that applying NAGPRA to Thorpe’s burial in the Borough is such a clearly absurd result and so contrary to Congress’s intent to protect Native American burial sites that the Borough cannot be held to the requirements imposed on a museum under these circumstances. We reverse the District Court and hold that the Borough is not a “museum” under NAGPRA for the purposes of Thorpe’s burial.

Briefs here and here. Oral argument audio here.

Lower court materials here.