Author Archives: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Final Notice of NNABA Survey

FINAL REMINDER: SURVEY CLOSING ON APRIL 30! PLEASE TAKE PART IN HISTORIC SURVEY BEFORE APRIL 30! The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA), in conjunction with the research and consulting firm Nextions, has embarked upon a comprehensive research study designed … Continue reading

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Ugh! No Bay Mills Decision Again This Week

No news again. Not sure what that means, but likely it means the Court is fractured. But then again, they usually are so that conclusion isn’t helpful. SCOTUSblog data tells us that Justices Ginsburg and Kagan have not yet written … Continue reading

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Quileute Tribe Sues Merchandising Company for Violation of Indian Arts and Crafts Act Related to “Twilight” Movies

Here is the complaint in Quileute Tribe v. National Entertainment Collectibles Association (W.D. Wash.): 1 Complaint An excerpt: 1. The Quileute Tribe brings this Complaint against National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (“NECA”) for unfair competition and for violation of the … Continue reading

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Cert Opposition Briefs in Village of Hobart v. Wisconsin Oneida

Here: US Opposition Brief Oneida Tribe TK Petition is here. Lower court materials here.

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Skull Repatriated to Grand Traverse Band

News coverage: Indian man’s skull turned over to tribe Northern Michigan tribe receives Indian man’s skull that Leelanau County family had for years Indian man’s skull turned over to Michigan tribe Native American skull returned to tribe more than 100 … Continue reading

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Please Read Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent in Schuette v. BAMN

Here. An excerpt: The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial … Continue reading

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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Brief Filed in United States v. Zepeda

Here: Criminal Defense Attorney Amicus Prior posts here (order granting en banc review), and links to briefs here.  

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More Payday Lending Litigation

Here is a new class action filed in California, Labajo v. First International Bank & Trust (C.D. Cal.), alleging involvement by Miami Tribe and Santee Sioux: 1 Class Action Complaint And another First International-related suit, Graham v. BMO Harris Bank … Continue reading

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Sixth Circuit Affirms D.V. Convictions of Saginaw Chippewa Member

Here is the unpublished opinion in United States v. Pego. We posted the indictment and a procedural matter on the blog.

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Alaska Native Languages Now Recognized as Official Languages of State

Here, from Alaska Indigenous Blog. Links to several news outlets on this story are on the blog. An excerpt: Every Alaska Native language will now be recognized as official languages of the State of Alaska in addition to English.  The … Continue reading

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