Gila River Prevails in Lyon v. GRIC (CA9)

Here is the unpublished order:

Doc 61-1 – Decision Judgment

We posted materials here.

Case tag here.

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Notice of Appeal in Goldwater ICWA Litigation

As they promised they would, Goldwater filed their notice of appeal to the 9th Circuit in the Arizona ICWA class action case.


Order they are appealing is here.

As always, documents in the case will be housed here.

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Ninth Circuit Materials in United States v. King Mountain Tobacco Co.


Opening Brief

Lower court materials here.

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Tenth Circuit Strikes Down Part 291 Secretarial Procedures

Here is the opinion in State of New Mexico v. Dept. of Interior.

Briefs here.

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NAICJA 2017 Conference RFP

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites presentation proposals for the 48th Annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference which will be held October 10-13, 2017, at the beautiful Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM. NAICJA’s Annual Conference offers innovative and timely tribal justice information through high quality presentations by national experts.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Tribal Justice: Building and Strengthening Relationships and Partnerships.” NAICJA is featuring topics that highlight ways in which American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations justice systems are building and strengthening relationships between tribes, states, federal agencies, and organizations including the philanthropic sector. We are especially interested in presentations that focus on collaboration and partnerships, tribal sovereignty, international frameworks for understanding indigenous principles and topics, promising Indian child welfare practices, court security, and other areas of interest to court clerks and court personnel.

Full details available here:  NAICJA 2017 Presentation RFP Final.



This is your opportunity to share your expertise and display your creativity by developing an original program for presentation. Proposals specifically tailored to meet the needs of the 300-person NAICJA audience are strongly preferred. Proposals are due on or before Monday, May 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (MST).

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (4/21/2017)


The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 4/21/17.

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition was denied in Sun v. Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise (Jurisdiction) on 4/17/17.

U.S. Federal Courts Bulletin
Havasupai Tribe v. Anasazi Water Company LLC (Indian Water Rights – Groundwater)

Tribal Courts Bulletin
In the Matter of T. F. (Juvenile Law; Indian Civil Rights Act)
Sharp v. Red Elk (Civil Procedure)

State Courts Bulletin
Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General RE: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
In re J. L. (Indian Child Welfare Act – Notice)
In re Rhoades (Prisoners – Religious Freedom; Tobacco)

U.S. Regulatory Bulletin
We feature a notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding rate adjustments for Indian irrigation projects.

News Bulletin
In the Environment & Energy section, we feature an article about the impact of climate change on Native American tribes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
The following articles were added:
The fate of tribal per capita payments in bankruptcy cases.
Escaping the ICWA penalty box: In defense of equal protection for Indian children.
[Dis]respecting the role of tribal courts.
Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian property, sovereignty, and the future.
Who owns our ancestors’ voices? Tribal claims to pre-1972 sound recordings.
Predicate offenses, foreign convictions, and trusting tribal courts.

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Tenth Circuit Materials in Donelson v. U.S.: NEPA Challenge to Interior Drilling Approvals re: Osage Mineral Estate


Donelson Brief

Industry Response Brief

US Response Brief

Reply TK

Lower court materials here.

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Gun Conviction Arising from Indian Country D.V.

Here are the materials in United States v. Fryberg:


Opening Brief

Answer Brief


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Tenth Circuit Rules against Osage Headrights Class on Trust Accounting Scope

Here are the materials in Fletcher v. United States:


Opening Brief

US Response Brief


Other posts here.


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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

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potowatomi

Legal Intern, Fulton, MI. Work up to 10 hours per week during the school year. Open to first and second year law students.

Water Protector Legal Collective

Summer Intern, Mandan, N.D. The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking (1L/2L) law students for a summer internship to work on the ground supporting water protectors, movement justice, and the Pro Hac attorney program.

Pueblo of Isleta

Tribal Prosecutor, Isleta, N.M. The position presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil and/or criminal laws. Serves as presenting officer in Person-at-risk cases. Application.

National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney, Washington, D.C. Responsible for day to day management of NCAI’s VAWA implementation technical assistance project.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Closes May 1, 2017.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Associate General Counsel, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

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