Category Archives: Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Catholic Nuns Critical of Doctrine of Discovery

Here is “Nuns Blast Catholic Church’s ‘Doctrine Of Discovery’ That Justified Indigenous Oppression.“

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Blast from the Past: The Miss. Band Choctaw v. Holyfield’s Ultimate Outcome (1991)

Marcia Coyle reported on what happened after the Supreme Court held that the tribal court had exclusive jurisdiction over the twins. Here is that article: Coyle_After the Gavel Comes Down_NLJ_1991

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Summer Intern Position within the Office of General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission

Here: Summer Intern Position with NIGC 2015

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Eighth Circuit Rules Omaha Indian Reservation Not Diminished

Here is the opinion. An excerpt: Based upon the record evidence, the district court in this matter has done just that–accurately discerned the contemporaneous intent and understanding of the 1882 Act. The court carefully reviewed the relevant legislative history, contemporary … Continue reading

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AG Guidelines Stating Principles for Working with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes

Here: 79 Fed Reg 73905

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Legal Aid of Nebraska Seeking DV Attorney for Native American Victims

Here: Attention – Attorney Position Open Legal Aid of Nebraska, a law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income persons, seeks an attorney to serve Native American victims of domestic violence in Western Nebraska.  Must be admitted to practice … Continue reading

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President Obama Officially Signs Law Repealing Alaska Exemption from VAWA Tribal Jurisdiction Provisions

Here is S. 1474.

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Motions to Dismiss Pleadings in re: Wolfchild Land Claims

Here are the materials so far in Wolfchild v. Redwood County (D. Minn.): 120 First Amended Complaint 156 Redwood County Motion to Dismiss 164 Landowners Motion to Dismiss 165 Lower Sioux Community Motion to Dismiss 168 Episcopal Diocese Motion to … Continue reading

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Department of the Interior Announces Final Rule for Land into Trust for Alaska Native Tribes

Here is the rule. Press release here: As part of President Obama’s commitment to upholding the nation’s trust responsibilities to American Indian and Alaska Natives, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced a final rule that will … Continue reading

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New Mexico Supreme Court Holds State Officers May Transport Navajo Members Off Reservation for Chemical Testing

Here is the opinion in State v. Charlie: State v Charlie An excerpt: In summary, the testimony that the Navajo Nation enabled cross-commissioned State Police officers to transport Navajos off the reservation for chemical testing to investigate Navajo Code violations … Continue reading

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