13th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference: Now With Webcasting!

Indigenous Law Conference at Michigan State College of Law
Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, 2016

Online and in-person attendees can register here.

Registration includes TICA membership, continental breakfast and lunch both days along with the reception Thursday night at the East Lansing Marriott. We’ve also applied for 11.25 CLEs from the Minnesota State Bar Association, and will provide forms for those seeking credits in other states.

The current agenda is here.

If you, your firm, or organization would like to be a conference sponsor, please see the form here for more information, and our deepest thanks for making the conference possible.

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Schaghticoke Indians Want $600 Million For Lost Land

Link: Hartford Courant article by Kenneth R. Gosselin

Download(PDF): Complaint in re Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. State of Connecticut (Oct. 13, 2016)

Excerpt from article:

In a lawsuit filed in Hartford on Thursday, the Kent tribe alleges the state took the land it was managing for the Schaghticokes — eventually amounting to 2,000 acres — without compensating the tribe. The lawsuit contends the tribe is owed at least $613 million, but the tribe says it expects that number to rise because it has not been able to determine the value of all the tracts.

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Internship for Native American and Alaska Native students

The Udall Foundation offers exceptional opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students, and we would love for you to forward this information to students involved with your organization.

Native American Congressional Internship: This ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., is for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The Udall Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. View the application and sign up for free webinars. You may also visit udall.gov to see what some of our alumni are up to now.

Please share this information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’d also love to see you on Facebook, where we share application tips and alumni share job announcements: Native Education @ Udall Foundation.

Application Deadline: January 31st

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The Times’ Article on Wells Fargo Targeting Per Capita Payments

Link: ‘Lions Hunting Zebras’: Ex-Wells Fargo Bankers Describe Abuses by Stacy Cowley


In the Phoenix area, managers gleefully looked forward to the days when the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community made its quarterly per capita distribution payments, said Mr. Hansen, the former branch manager in Scottsdale.

Members of the Native American community would head straight to the bank with their checks, and employees would encourage them to use the money to open new accounts. Sometimes it was on the up and up: Mr. Hansen said that he looked forward to being able to open several dozen new accounts in one day but that he always tried to match customers with products that fit their needs.

Others did not. Mr. Hansen learned that one enterprising branch manager had invented “per capita day packages,” jammed with five or more bank accounts. Customers would be told that they needed separate accounts for such purposes as traveling, grocery shopping and saving for an emergency.

“They would deposit their money and get hit with fees like crazy, because they got confused about what account they were using,” Mr. Hansen said. “They would use the wrong debit card and overdraw their travel account, and then when they came back three months later, they would lose hundreds of dollars from their next check paying off those fees.”

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Director of Student Services and Skills Posting for Lakehead University

One contract position (three-year term), Thunder Bay Campus

Highly organized and possessing excellent interpersonal skills, you will play a key role in the administration of our legal program. Working closely with the Dean, you will be responsible for providing the coordination of services for student recruitment and retention, delivering the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC), assisting course instructors with developing skills-exercise content for their courses, coordinating the third-year Practice Placement program with legal supervisors, and offering career support for upper level students.

You have a JD or LL.B. degree and three years of legal practice experience. Ideally, you possess membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada, have knowledge of Indigenous communities, and have previous experience with post-secondary administration, program development, and/or post-secondary instructional delivery. Collaborative and able to work with individuals of various backgrounds, you have outreach experience with law firms, legal departments in government organizations, and other community legal entities. Some travel is required.

This position is an initial three-year full-time contract with potential for renewal and is subject to budgetary approval. Salary is commensurate with experience. If you are interested in applying, please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining your experience to:

Lakehead University – Office of Human Resources
University Centre
Room UC-0003
fax: 807-346-7701
e-mail: careers@lakeheadu.ca

The deadline for applications is December 9, 2016. If you have questions about this position, please feel free to contact, Dean EagleWoman at lawfaculty@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at (807) 343-8334. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

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News Profile of BIA Letter to Nooksack

Here is “Nooksack Tribe’s actions not recognized by feds in ‘exceedingly rare’ case.

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Nooksack Update (Post BIA Letter Developments)

Here is a pleading before the Nooksack Court of Appeals (NICS) in Belmont v. Kelly:


And here is an order from the Nooksack Supreme Court (holdover council) in In re Orders Entered by Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals:



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Ninth Circuit Oral Argument Video in Agua Caliente v. Coachella Valley Water District


Briefs here.

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NIWRC Hiring Native Affairs Senior Advisor for StrongHearts Helpline

Download(PDF): NIWRC-StrongHearts Senior Advisor

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. Under this grant project and in compliance with statutory requirements, the NIWRC will seek to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.

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Pueblo of Acoma Sues to Prevent Tax Sale of Indian Lands

Here are the materials so far in Pueblo of Acoma v. Padilla (D. N.M.):

1 Complaint

5 Motion for TRO

News coverage here.

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Penobscot Nation RFP for Constitution and Code Drafting

Here (PDF). The description:

This request for proposal (RFP) is to contract for legal drafting services to be provided for the Penobscot Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe, for the period of December 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.  Services to be provided will include assisting the Penobscot Nation Constitution Committee to draft its Constitution in time to be considered for adoption at the Nation’s June 2017 General Meeting (legislative body). Following the drafting of the Constitution, drafting of a code governing the operations of the Penobscot Nation Judicial System, comprised of the trial-level Tribal Court and the Court of Appeals will be undertaken.

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