Turtle Talk Poll on Interior Secretary Shortlist

Here are the results:

1. Robert Grady  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Richard Pombo  loses to Robert Grady by 16–15
3. Mead Treadwell  loses to Robert Grady by 16–15, loses to Richard Pombo by 17–16
4. Cynthis Lummis  loses to Robert Grady by 16–14, loses to Mead Treadwell by 16–14
5. Tied:
Mary Fallin  loses to Robert Grady by 22–12, loses to Cynthis Lummis by 16–15
Harold Hamm  loses to Robert Grady by 21–10, loses to Cynthis Lummis by 17–12
7. Jan Brewer  loses to Robert Grady by 23–13, loses to Harold Hamm by 19–17
8. Forrest Lucas  loses to Robert Grady by 22–11, loses to Jan Brewer by 21–18
9. Sarah Palin  loses to Robert Grady by 28–8, loses to Forrest Lucas by 22–15

Turtle Talk Poll Results — Nooksack Disenrollments

Few Turtle Talk readers support disenrolling the so-called Nooksack 306. The vast majority of TT readers think Nooksack should hold elections before disenrollments. There is a wide variety of opinions on which forum should resolve the disputes.

 

Question: Should the Nooksack 306 Be Disenrolled?

COUNT  PERCENT

Yes

12 4.44%

No

202 74.81%

Don’t Know

56 20.74%

Question: Should the Nooksack Tribe Hold Elections Before Proceeding with Disenrollments?

COUNT  PERCENT

Yes

212 85.48%

No

25 10.08%

Don’t Know

11 4.44%

Question: Which forum is the best place to resolve litigation arising from this dispute?

COUNT  PERCENT

Nooksack tribal council (incl. Nooksack Supreme Court)

14 5.45%

Nooksack tribal judiciary

89 34.63%

Bureau of Indian Affairs

51 19.84%

Federal or state courts

80 31.13%

International forums

7 2.72%

Other

16 6.23%

Turtle Talk Poll — Nooksack Disenrollments

If you’ve been following Turtle Talk for the past few years, you must have noticed the incredible volume of pleadings that have been filed in tribal, federal, and state courts in the litigation involving the so-called Nooksack 306. We at TT have largely stayed away from commenting on that internal tribal political dispute, preferring instead to serve merely as a space for the parties on both sides to make their pleadings and materials available online. They speak for themselves.

The events at Nooksack are really quite dramatic, and ongoing. The Nooksack tribe has cancelled elections (last election in 2014) and apparently operates today through some form of a holdover council, “disbarred” attorneys for the proposed disenrollees from practice in tribal courts, refused to allow parties from filing pleadings in tribal court, fired (or constructively fired) a tribal judge, been subject to contempt orders from its appellate court, sued the appellate court administrators for breach of contract, tried to create a tribal supreme court to vacate the appellate court orders, and drew a letter from the BIA saying the federal government will not recognize official actions of the holdover council. There’s more but . . . Whew!

Time for a Turtle Talk poll!!!! [results tomorrow . . . .]

 

 

 

 

Turtle Talk Poll — The Enduring Legacy/Aftermath of Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez

Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez is patently one of the two or three most important and perhaps controversial Supreme Court decisions affecting Indian nations and Indian people. In light of Steve Russell’s four part ICT series, we wonder what Turtle Talk readers think about Martinez.

As we think of them, we may add a question or two.

Update – here’s one!

 

Turtle Talk Poll: What is the Biggest Indian Law News Story of 2013?

One last final poll. We’re going the Condorcet route again, but narrowing the focus to seven.

The POLL is HERE. We’ll run until Tuesday night and reveal Wednesday morning next week.

Here are the seven stories:

“Walking With Our Sisters” Commemorating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the U.S.

Lac Du Flambeau Declares State of Emergency — Synthetic and Illegal Drugs

Sen. Feinstein Introduces Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act

Congress Passes VAWA Reauthorization with Tribal Jurisdiction Provisions Intact

25th Anniversary of Voigt Decision in Wisconsin

Stafford Act Amendments (Sandy Relief Bill) Passes: Includes Tribal Emergency Requests Provision

Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance Formed

Results of Poll re: Top 11 Indian Law Cases of 2013

Here:

1. Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT)  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community (CA6 & SCT)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 27–22
3. Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC v. ‘Sa’ Nyu Wa Inc. (CA9)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 40–10, loses to Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community (CA6 & SCT) by 37–10
4. U.S. v. Washington — Culverts Subproceeding (W.D. Wash. & CA9)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 38–14, loses to Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC v. ‘Sa’ Nyu Wa Inc. (CA9) by 26–20
5. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin v. Village of Hobart (CA7)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 40–10, loses to U.S. v. Washington — Culverts Subproceeding (W.D. Wash. & CA9) by 24–20
6. Akiachak Native Community v. Salazar (D.D.C.)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 41–11, loses to Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin v. Village of Hobart (CA7) by 26–18
7. Chehalis Tribes v. Thurston County (CA9)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 39–11, loses to Akiachak Native Community v. Salazar (D.D.C.) by 23–22
8. Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Ledyard (CA2)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 45–7, loses to Chehalis Tribes v. Thurston County (CA9) by 24–18
9. United States v. Zepeda (CA9)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 45–7, loses to Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Ledyard (CA2) by 28–13
10. Federal Trade Commission v. AMG Services (D. Nev.)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 46–4, loses to United States v. Zepeda (CA9) by 23–13
11. Sheffer v. Buffalo Run Casino (Okla. SCT)  loses to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT) by 46–5, loses to Federal Trade Commission v. AMG Services (D. Nev.) by 21–19

The poll was here.

I forgot to include Dolgencorp. v. Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians. Ugh. That was a top 10 for sure….

 

Turtle Talk Poll — Top 10 Indian Law Cases for 2013

Time for another poll as we hit the end of the year — top ten Indian law cases of 2013. We’ll try the Condorcet route again. Poll ends Monday morning, the 9th.

Poll is HERE.

Here are the ten (actually 11 because I can’t count….):

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (SCT)
Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community (CA6 & SCT)
U.S. v. Washington — Culverts Subproceeding (W.D. Wash. & CA9)
Chehalis Tribes v. Thurston County (CA9)
Akiachak Native Community v. Salazar (D.D.C.)
Federal Trade Commission v. AMG Services (D. Nev.)
Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC v. ‘Sa’ Nyu Wa Inc. (CA9)
United States v. Zepeda (CA9)
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Ledyard (CA2)
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin v. Village of Hobart (CA7)
Sheffer v. Buffalo Run Casino (Okla. SCT)

Results of Turtle Talk Poll on Same-Sex Marriage in Indian Country

The poll was here, and the results are in. The most votes we’ve ever had for a Turtle Talk poll — 344 votes.

Yes: 268 votes (78 percent)

No: 50 votes (15 percent)

Maybe: 10 votes (3 percent)

I don’t know: 15 votes (5 percent)