Author Archives: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

U-Dub Event: “Sovereignty, Development and Human Security: A Colloquium on United States and Native American Relations” Thurs, May 28 and Friday, May 29

Here. Agenda here.

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Feds Return Cigarettes to Big Sandy Rancheria

From the court’s minute order: MINUTES OF MOVANT’S MOTION FOR RETURN OF SEIZED PROPERTY PURSUANT TO FED.R.CR.PROC.419g)(Filed 04/17/15)[1][4]Motion Hearing held before Judge Christina A. Snyder: Hearing held and counsel are present. The Court is in receipt of the parties’ Status … Continue reading

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Department of Justice Proposes Legislation to Empower Tribal Governments in Selecting Polling Places

Today the Department of Justice proposed legislation that would require states or localities whose territory includes part or all of an Indian reservation, an Alaska Native village, or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Rejects RFRA Challenge to Solar Project Near Indian Sacred Sites

Here is the unpublished opinion in La Cuna De Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle Advisory Committee v. Dept. of Interior. An excerpt: We conclude that the record, which includes declarations submitted by the Plaintiffs that provide little more than conclusory statements and which … Continue reading

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Federal Court Affirms Immunity of Lac Vieux Desert Band’s Sovereign Lending Solutions (and Employee)

Here is the opinion in Bynon v. Mansfield (E.D. Pa.): 16-1 Motion to Dismiss 18 Response Brief 19 Reply 20 – Opinion 21 – Order We posted the complaint here.

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Navajo Nation Department of Justice Job Posting

ATTORNEY POSITION LITIGATION AND EMPLOYMENT UNIT NAVAJO NATION DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REISSUANCE May 20, 2015 The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is seeking an energetic and motivated attorney to work in the newly formed Litigation and Employment Unit. The qualified … Continue reading

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Federal Court Affirms Oklahoma School’s Refusal to Allow Native High School Graduate to Wear Eagle Feather on Graduation Cap

Here is the order in Griffith v. Caney Valley Public Schools (N.D. Okla.): 22. Order and Opinion (5-20-15) Prior materials here.

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Federal Court Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Stop Jamul Indian Village Casino Project

Here is the order in the case now captioned Jamul Action Committee v. Chaudhuri (E.D. Cal.): 93 DCT Order Denying Injunction Pleadings and prior orders here.

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Mesa Grande Band Land Claim against US Survives Motion to Dismiss

Here are the materials in Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians v. United States (Fed. Cl.): 7 US Motion to Dismiss 10 Mesa Grande Band Response 11 US Reply 19 DCT Order An excerpt: This case concerns property located in … Continue reading

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Dollar General Response Brief to SG’s Invitation Brief

Here: 13-1496 Petr Supp Brief SG Invitation brief here. Cert stage briefs here.

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