Larry Roberts & Charlie Galbraith: “Indian Country After 1st Year Of The Trump Administration”


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Federal Court Awards CFPB $10M Penalty from CashCall/Western Sky

Here is the order in Consumer Financial Protection Board v. CashCall Inc. (C.D. Cal.):

DCT Order

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Elie Mystal Commentary on Trump’s Moves to Undo the Consumer Financial Protection Act


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Administration Moves for Transfer to Utah in Bears Ears

Here is the motion in Hopi Tribe et al v. Donald J. Trump et al, 17-cv-02590 (D.D.C.):

21 – Federal Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Case to the District of Utah

Link: Case Archive

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CFPB Voluntarily Dismisses Case Against Tribal Lender

Here is the notice in Consumer Financial Protection Board v. Golden Valley Lending et al, 17-cv-02521 (Kan.):

101 – Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i)

From Law360(Paywall):

The federal government filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of its loan practices suit against four lenders owned by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, but didn’t offer a specific reason why. The CFPB said in a brief statement to Law360 that it would “continue to investigate the transactions that were at issue,” but declined to comment further because it was an open enforcement issue.

The government did say, however, in a filing from Dec. 5 that the bureau wanted more time to “consult with new leadership” before it submitted additional briefs.

The CFPB’s move to toss the case came just two days after news that the bureau planned to reopen a controversial rule that would bring federal regulations to the payday lending and auto-title lending industries.

The CFPB under its former director, Richard Cordray, finalized a rule in October that would for the first time mandate that payday lenders determine that borrowers can afford the loans they take out, amid a host of other major reforms, marking the last major action of his tenure.

But Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who is serving as the acting director of the CFPB under an appointment by President Donald Trump that is currently being contested at the D.C. Circuit, is a known opponent of the rule, and on Tuesday he made his move to reopen rulemaking procedures, with the likely effect of taking apart many of its most important provisions.

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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 or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, A.Z. Provides legal advice to the Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closes Tuesday January 23, 2018.

Native American Rights Fund

Fellow, Anchorage, A.K. NARF is seeking a current third-year law student or recent law school graduate with a strong background in federal Indian law and public service for a two-year fellowship starting in September 2018. Please submit application letter, names and addresses of three references, writing sample, and law school transcript to Jill Rush at Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to Position is open until filled. Previously posted in #53.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General (Civil). Provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Office is a diverse and dynamic working environment. Previously posted in #42.

Bear Ears Tribal Commission

Commission Director, Four Corners Area. The Director will implement the Commission’s directives as it collaboratively identifies and helps to implement interim visitation, site protection, and interpretation strategies for the monument, and as it engages in the preparation of recommendations for the national monument management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Previously posted in #49.

Previous Friday Job Announcements2018/01/12

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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Awarded Attorney Fees, BCBSM is Not

Here is the order in Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan et al v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 16-cv-10317 (E.D. Mich.):

132 – Order Denying Defendant’s Motion for Attorney Fees, Granting in Part Plaintiffs’ Motion for Attorney Fees, and Granting in Part Motion to Review Taxed Bill of Costs

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SCOTUS Denies Cert in Lewis Tein PC v. Mikkosukee

Here is yesterday’s order list.

Petition stage materials here.


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TICA Webinar on Dealing with Difficult Clients TODAY


Today’s presentation will feature my favorite two difficult clients, Vernon Big Chief and Sheldon FiveBulls (Miigwetch to the 1491s for permission to use screenshots from their video “Master Debaters” — sadly only one of “The Three Ps” will be mentioned in this presentation):

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Thanks to ASU ILP for Hosting Me Yesterday!


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