538 Profile: “Police Violence Against Native Americans Goes Far Beyond Standing Rock”


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BIA Acquires Pe’Sla Property in Trust for Four Tribes

Here is the decision in State of South Dakota v. Great Plains Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs:


An excerpt:

For the reasons below, I affirm the Regional Director’s Decision to accept Pe’Sla in trust. The Regional Director properly determined that he had the statutory authority to accept Pe’Sla in trust pursuant to the IRA. Next, Department policies clearly provide the Regional Director with authority to accept Pe’Sla in trust due to its location within the BIA Great Plains Region. Finally, I reject the State’s argument that the Regional Director did not properly consider the relevant criteria included at 25 C.F.R. §§ 151.10 and 151.11.

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Navajo Nation RFP: Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act Appeals

Here (RFP for NHLSP Appeals):

The Navajo Nation seeks outside counsel to represent it in federal appeals of benefit denials made by an independent federal commission.  Respondent will also provide coordination, consultation, advice, and recommendations on related pending suits.  Respondent may also provide advice, consultation and representation on Breach of Trust and/or Breach of Fiduciary Duty against this same federal commission on behalf of individual Navajos and the Navajo Nation as a whole.  Most claims will relate to denials of relocation benefits due individual Navajos who were relocated pursuant to the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will be accepting proposals for this service postmarked by 5:00 PM MT on Friday, December 16, 2016.  NO LATE PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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New Poem from Frank Pommersheim: “Buddha Stands With Standing Rock”

Buddha Stands With Standing Rock

Frank Pommersheim



against oil



against frack


against Corps


against tank


against empire


against capital


against history


against war


against death

Mitaku Oyasin

(all my relatives)


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Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Muscogee Creek Nation

Staff Attorney, Muscogee Nation Supreme Court

National Indian Gaming Commission

Technology Leaders Fellowship, Washington D.C. Closes Friday, December 21, 2016.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Associate General Counsel, Juneau, AK.

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NYTs (Timothy Egan): “Fake Cowboys and Real Indians”


Bundys = fake cowboys 

Standing Rock protest = real Indians

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Yurok Tribe Suit against Bureau of Reclamation over Klamath River Coho Salmon

Here is the complaint in Yurok Tribe v. Bureau of Reclamation (N.D. Cal.):


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ASU Law Tribal Government E-Commerce Conference Feb 2-3/17 — REGISTRATION OPEN

Here are some details:

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is hosting its third annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference entitled: Sovereignty and E-Commerce:  Innovating and Reshaping the  Borders of Indian Country

Thursday, February 2 – Friday, February 3, 2017

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ

Agenda topics include:

  • Political Landscape in Indian Country
  • Infrastructure and Broadband
  • Jurisdiction, E-Commerce & State Regulation
  • Legal Update on Tribal E-Commerce
  • Tribal Consultation
  • E-Commerce Entrepreneurship: Models of Excellence in Real Life
  • I-Gaming and E-Sports Fantasy
  • Cyber Liability
  • and more!

Conference Keynote:  The Honorable Kenneth L. Salazar, 50th U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration from 2009 – 2013., and a Partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Click here for more information   Government/Non-Profit and Early Registration Rates available.

Presented by: Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program, and the Indian Legal Program

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NCAI Comments on Infrastructure Permitting


NCAI Comments on Federal Infrastructure Decisionmaking

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Elem Pomo Disenrollments: Amended Complaint, Motion to Dismiss, and Transcript

Here are further materials in John et al v. Garcia et al, 16-cv-02368 (N.D. Cali):

Transcript of Proceedings held on September 14, 2016, before Judge William Alsup

Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Respondents’ Notice of Hearing on Motion and Motion to Dismiss First Amended Petition; Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support Thereof

Opposition to Amended Motion to Dismiss

Previous posts: Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians Members File ICRA Habeas Claim to Challenge Disenrollment

In the related RICO case, legal counsel for the disenfranchised members filed a motion for attorneys’ fees. Here are further materials in Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria v. Ceiba Legal, LLP et al, 16-cv-03081 (N.D. Cali. 11/3/2016)

Defendants’ Motion for Attorneys’ Fee Award and Supporting Memorandum

Previous posts: Elem Indian Colony v. Ceiba Legal ComplaintFederal Court Dismisses Suit against Ceiba Legal

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