Wyoming Supreme Court Holds State Courts Have Jurisdiction over On-Reservation Tort Claims Brought against Tribal Members

Here is the opinion in C’Hair v. District Court:

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NYTs: “Supreme Court’s ‘Long Conference’: Where Appeals ‘Go to Die’”

Here.

I’m unaware of any Indian law grants from the so-called “long conference” since we started the blog in 2007.

From NARF’s page, here are the petitions currently pending:

Jensen was initially set for the long conference, but the Court asked the respondents to file a response brief (a CFR) and that moved back the date.

Hobia, Jim Thorpe, and Torres are currently set for the long conference. Parker and Ho-Chunk likely will as well.

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DNA-People’s Legal Services Job Postings

Here:

Job Opportunities at DNA-People’s Legal Services

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Pro Se Effort to Stop Michigan DNR Land Transfer to Mining Company Dismissed

There are numerous pleadings here but here are the most relevant — the case is captioned Bellfy v. Creagh (W.D. Mich.):

12 DCT Order on 2d TRO Request

18 Michigan Motion to Dismiss

22 Response

27 Reply

35 GTB Brief

52 DCT Order

Prior post on this case here.

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Otoe-Missouria Chairman’s Section 1983 Suit against Connecticut Banking Commissioner Dismissed

Here are the materials in Shotton v. Pitkin (W.D. Okla.):

1 Complaint

12 Motion to Dismiss

20 Response

23 Reply

26 DCT Order

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Eastern Band Cherokee Convict Another Using VAWA

Press release from the Tribal Prosecutor’s office here.

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NYTs: “Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali”

Here.

Federal press release here: Nation’s Highest Peak Will Now Officially Bear Native Name.

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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!

 

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EPA Releases Internal Report on Gold King Mine Accident

EPA internal report here.

[T]he Team concludes that the Adit blowout was likely inevitable. Actions taken by the EPA OSC to pull out the site personnel and crew from and near the Adit, just prior to the blowout, probably avoided any fatalities from the pressurized Adit blowout.

Although the removal investigation team was quite experienced and followed standard procedures of a well thought out work plan that included state and ARSG involvement, the underestimation of the water pressure in the Gold King Mine workings is believed to be the most significant factor relating to the blowout.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing about the incident on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.  Chairman Barasso’s (R-Wy) announcement here.

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Washington Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality under State Law of Tribal-State Tax Agreements

Here is the opinion in AUTO v. State of Washington:

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Briefs here.

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