Category Archives: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Federal Court Dismisses Pawnee Effort to Challenge Oil and Gas Leases

Here are the materials in Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma v. Zinke (N.D. Okla.): 19 Motion to Dismiss 20 Opposition 21 Reply 27 DCT Order

Posted in Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Bureau of Indian Affairs, economic development, Environmental, Research, trust relationship | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Federal Court Dismisses as Moot Lumbee Member Challenge to BIA Indian Preference Interpretation

Here are the materials in Nakai v. Zinke (D.D.C.): 1 Complaint 8 Answer 13 Motion to Dismiss as Moot 13-2 M-37040 Opinion 14 Response 19 Reply 24 DCT Order

Posted in Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Bureau of Indian Affairs, federal recognition, Research, trust relationship | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Donald Trump, and Indian Country’s Termination Fears

Donald Trump’s election as President was met with skepticism and fear across much of Indian country. As a candidate, Trump did not publish any substantive proposals for Indian policy. The absence of campaign proposals, coupled with his previous hostility toward Indians … Continue reading

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House Resources Committee Chair Demands BIA Reverse Obama Administration Gaming Decisions

Here: 2017-02-15 Bishop letter to Cason

Posted in Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Bureau of Indian Affairs, IGRA, Indian gaming, Research | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Nooksack Tribe Sues Interior for Refusing to Recognize Tribal Council, Fund Contracts

Download(PDF): Complaint for Injunction, Writ of Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment, and Other Relief

Posted in Announcements, Author: Sarah Donnelly, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Research, tribal constitutions, tribal membership, trust relationship | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Interior Solicitor’s Memo Opinions Issued Before Leaving Office

Downloads(PDF): Opinion Regarding the Status of Mineral Ownership Underlying the Missouri River within the Boundaries of the Fort Berthold Reservation (1/18/2017) Authority to Acquire Land into Trust in Alaska (1/13/2017)

Posted in Author: Sarah Donnelly, Bureau of Indian Affairs, News | 1 Comment

News Release: Roberts Announces Inclusion of Updated CSC Policy into DOI Indian Affairs Manual

Download(PDF): Press Release Excerpt: Lawrence S. Roberts today issued an updated Contract Support Costs (CSC) Policy for the Indian Affairs Manual (IAM). The updated Policy reflects extensive tribal consultation and the work of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) CSC … Continue reading

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Interior Approves Craig Tribal Association’s Land-into-Trust Application

Download(PDF): Press Release Link: Notice in Federal Register Excerpt: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, today announced the Department’s decision to place a 1.08-acre land … Continue reading

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VAWA Tribal Trial Advocacy Skills Training at Eastern Band Cherokee

EBC_VAWA_SaveTheDate August 24-26, 2016 Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation Cherokee, North Carolina The BIA Office of Justice Services and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation present a free training for tribal judges, prosecutors, public defenders … Continue reading

Posted in Author: Kate E. Fort, Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal courts | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Article, “The Timbisha Decision – A Familiar Story and Dangerous Precedent”

Christopher Foley, attorney at The Indian Law Resource Center, has published an article criticizing the most recent court decision in the Death Valley Timbisha Shoshone case. Link to article here From the article: The Death Valley Timbisha Shoshone Tribe was … Continue reading

Posted in Author: Victoria Sweet, Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal constitutions, tribal election | Tagged , , | 2 Comments