Legal

October 30, 2014
By:
Peter d'Errico

The Native American Law Students Association at Yale Law School held its first ever Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner October 23, 2014. The recipient, Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw), class of 1993, is Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S.

October 24, 2014
By:
David Wilkins

“Again, were we to inquire by what law or authority you set up a claim [to our land], I answer, none! Your laws extend not into our country, nor ever did. You talk of the law of nature and the law of nations, and they are both against you.”

October 17, 2014
By:
Jay Daniels

Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published "Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across Indian Lands." Their rationale?

October 10, 2014
By:
Fred John Jr.

My mother was Katie John. Her name has become symbolic across the state of Alaska for her life-long legal battle to protect traditional rights. The state views her as a threat while her supporters view her as a hero.

October 03, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

On August 27, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a split (2-1) decision in the case White v. University of California.

September 30, 2014
By:
Jack Duran

In a historical live streamed court hearing concerning the Big Lagoon Tribe’s gaming project, the 9th circuit court slammed the State of California over many points of law and procedure concerning their challenge to the federal governments acquisition of tribal lands.

September 27, 2014
By:
Donna Ennis

I have returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

September 24, 2014
By:
Walter Lamar

As a youngster I asked Mom to buy me a Stingray bike. She gave me the same answer her parents gave her when she wanted a new bike, “Wait ‘til we get the big claim.” I was in high school when the “big claim” money finally came in the form of a Blackfeet tribal check.

September 24, 2014
By:
Steve Russell

Justice Harry Blackmun couldn’t take it any more and so announced from the US Supreme Court bench that he would “no longer tinker with the machinery of death” and would henceforth vote to reverse all death penalty cases, as several justices had done before him.

September 21, 2014
By:
Dave Lundgren

The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it was undertaking an agency-wide review of railroad rights of way to determine whether utilities—mostly telecommunication companies with fiber optic lines—are unlawfully piggy-backing on railroad lines

September 14, 2014
By:
Jay Daniels

Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled.

September 09, 2014
By:
Steven Newcomb

A metaphor is a useful fiction; a pretense with a purpose. A metaphor “suggests an analogy or likeness between two different things by applying the term for one to the other,” says Roger Jones in his book Physics As Metaphor” (1982).

September 08, 2014
By:
DaShanne Stokes

Congressional authority over Native nations has always been held to rest on the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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