Tulalip Tribes Sue Coast Guard to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whale

Here is the complaint in Tulalip Tribes v. Kelly (W.D. Wash.):

Complaint

 

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Nooksack Disenrollees’ RICO Action against Nooksack Holdover Council (in their individual capacities) to Proceed

Here are the materials in Rabang v. Kelly (W.D. Wash.):

ORDER

MOTION OF DEFENDANTS KELLY, GEORGE, SMITH, SOLOMON, JOHNSON, CANETE, GEORGE, ROMERO, EDWARDS, AND ARMSTRONG TO DISMISS PURSUANT TO F. R. CIV. P. 12(B)(1) AND F. R. CIV. P. 12(B)(6)

RESPONSE TO MOTION OF DEFENDANTS KELLY, GEORGE, SMITH, SOLOMON, JOHNSON, CANETE, GEORGE, ROMERO, EDWARDS, AND ARMSTRONG TO DISMISS PURSUANT TO F. R. CIV. P. 12(B)(1) AND F. R. CIV. P. 12

DEFENDANTS_ REPLY IN SUPPORT OF KELLY DEFENDANTS_ RULE 12(B)(1) AND 12(B)(6) MOTION TO DISMISS

PLAINTIFFS_ NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY

 

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Associate Attorney Opportunity with Frederick Peebles in Sacramento

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan’s Sacramento Office is seeking an Associate Attorney with 2-5 years of experience in advising businesses or governmental entities on regulatory and litigation matters before federal, state, tribal or local agencies. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials as well as excellent organization, research, writing, and analytical skills. In addition, membership to the California State Bar is required.

To be considered, please provide a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript to:

Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources
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3610 North 163rd Plaza
Omaha, NE 68116

Accepting applications until May 15, 2017.

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California COA Briefs in Individual Capacity Suit Arising at Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians

Here are the briefs in Brown v. Garcia:

Opening Brief

Here is a description of the matter from the appellant brief:

This is a tort case concerning Respondents’ publication of defamatory statements against Appellants and whether Appellants are entitled to monetary damages from Respondents in their individual capacities as a result.

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Ninth Circuit Denies En Banc Petition in Tavares v. Whitehouse

Here are the materials:

CA9 Order Denying Petition

En Banc Petition

Prior posts here.

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New Scholarship on Hopi Religious Freedom and Cultural Property

Here, from the Maryland Journal of International Law:

 

 

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Review of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

My review of Andrés Reséndez’s The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America is up on JOTWELL: Equality. I highly recommend the book. It’s a dense and emotionally difficult read but well worth it for the knowledge you will gain. One of the things I was struck with was that the removal of Indian children from their homes by social services agencies has its roots in hundreds of years of stealing Indian children into slavery.

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Mishewal Wappo Trust Breach Claim

Here are the materials in Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley v. Zinke:

Unpublished Opinion

Briefs:

Opening Brief

Federal Answer Brief

Amicus Brief

Reply

Other posts with lower court materials here.

 

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Judge Garfield Hood Walks On

Here.

Mike Petoskey: “Michigan’s Tribal Court – State Court relations were built upon his shoulders.  He stands for the proposition that one judge can pick up the phone and call another judge across jurisdictions to discuss matters of mutual concern and to collaborate.”

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Jenn Weddle Guest Commentary on Lewis v. Clarke

This was the best possible result in this case (a narrow remand).  Justice Sotomayor’s opinion keeps tribal employees on equal footing with federal and state employees and decides the import of indemnification provisions – really have nothing to do with Indian law and instead having everything to do with government employee indemnification law.  The result seems to be a reasonable limiting principle for the Court.

The Court also left open the official immunity arguments (upon which amici focused) because those were not raised by Clarke in his motion to dismiss.  The record didn’t have findings on that, but the NCAI/States/Tribes amici brief laid out the arguments as an ‘alternative theory’ as to why the Connecticut Supreme Court had been right in the result.

It is reasonable to anticipate that Clarke will now argue those matters on remand.  And this case will go back to Connecticut District Court, with the Lewises now divorced and vastly undercutting their loss of consortium claims, such that the remand may well go away quickly in settlement before it even begins.

I don’t see that tribes or tribal employees lose any ground as a result of this opinion.  Importantly, the official immunity arguments were not touched by the Court (per footnote 2), and I don’t see the majority opinion as saying anything negative for tribes’ role in our federalism.

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Opinion and materials here.

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