Category Archives: economic development

Note to Tribes Hoping for a Coal Comeback — Prepare for the Worst

There’s a new report on the coal industry Indian country should be reading. It concludes, “President Trump’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations will not materially improve economic conditions in America’s coal communities.” HT.

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American Indian tribe fights Texas to keep bingo center open

From the AP: Here.

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Fletcher: “New Divisions in Indian Country over Energy Justice”

Here: New Divisions In Indian Country Over Energy Justice By Matthew Fletcher, Michigan State University College of LawMay 2, 2017, 11:35 AM EDT Matthew L.M. Fletcher The new administration’s undoing of the Obama administration’s clean environment rules, especially hydraulic fracking regulations and the Clean … Continue reading

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Initial Observations about Lewis v. Clarke

Opinion and materials here. The initial impact could be very big. The holding is pretty broad, bringing in the doctrine of official immunity to the tribal context without the same grounding or context as state and federal official immunity doctrines. … Continue reading

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

Here: Donelson Brief Industry Response Brief US Response Brief Reply TK Lower court materials here.

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Cert Petition Filed in Case Challenging Constitutionality of SBA Section 8(a)

Here is the petition in Rothe v. Dept. of Defense: Cert Petition Questions presented: 1. Whether a statutory program that requires an agency to distribute benefits to “socially disadvantaged individuals,” and defines “socially disadvantaged” in terms of membership in certain … Continue reading

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Native Americans caught salmon here for millennia. Now the world is hooked.

From Grist: Out in the middle of nowhere, people look out for one another. That fact is especially evident in the boonies of southern Washington as you cut east along the Columbia River in the company of “Sockeye” Suzy Lumley. … Continue reading

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NYTs Profile of Energy Tribes and Trump Administration

Here is “Tribes That Live Off Coal Hold Tight to Trump’s Promises,”

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Ninth Circuit Materials in Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Laguna Construction Co.

Here are the briefs: Opening Brief Others briefs TK. Lower court materials tag here.

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Navajo Generating Station Clean Air FIP

Here is the opinion in Yazzie v. EPA. Here is the opinion in Hopi Tribe v. EPA. The Yazzie opinion is the lead opinion and has more details. Materials in the Yazzie appeal are here. Materials in the Hopi appeal … Continue reading

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