Category Archives: federal recognition

Mackinac Tribe v. Jewell Cert Petition

Here: Cert Petition Questions presented: Whether the Court of Appeals deviated from this Court’s decision in Carcieri v Salazar, 555 U.S. 379 (2009) which held that the Secretary of Interior’s Federal Acknowledgment Process (FAP) established in 25 C.F.R. Part 83 … Continue reading

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Kirsten Carlson on Lobbying Congress for Federal Recognition of Indian Tribes

Kirsten Matoy Carlson has posted “Why Lobby Congress? Constitutive and Instrumental Influences on Indian Groups’ Strategies for Federal Recognition, 1977-2012” on SSRN. This paper is highly recommended. Here is the abstract: When and why do marginalized groups chose a particular … Continue reading

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Counterclaims against US and Poarch Band Dismissed in Tax Dispute

This is a continuation of Poarch Band of Creek Indians v. Hildreth, recently decided by the Eleventh Circuit. Here are the materials in Poarch Band of Creek Indians v. Moore (S.D. Ala.): 77-magistrate-rr 79-poarch-band-objections 80-dct-order An excerpt: After due and … Continue reading

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Frank’s Landing Class II Gaming Suit Dismissed as to the NIGC; Other Defendants Remain

Here are the materials in Franks Landing Indian Community v. National Indian Gaming Commission (W.D. Wash.): 19 Motion to Dismiss 24 Response 27 Reply 29 DCT Order

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D.C. Circuit Forces Mackinac Tribe to Exhaust Remedies in Its Quest for Federal Recognition

Here is the per curiam opinion in Mackinac Tribe v. Jewell. Judge Brown filed a concurrence criticizing Interior for its delays. Briefs here.

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Injunction Favoring Poarch Band against Escambia County Assessor

Here is the opinion in Poarch Band of Creek Indians v. Hildreth. An excerpt: The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (“Poarch Band”) sued James Hildreth, Tax Assessor of Escambia County, Alabama, for declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the assessment … Continue reading

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Complaint in Mission Creek Band of Mission of Indians v. Jewell

Here, filed in the Central District of California: Complaint

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Interior Publishes 2016 List of Federally Recognized Tribes

Here: 2016 Indian Entities Eligible

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D.C. Circuit Oral Argument in Mackinac Tribe v. Jewell

Here. Briefs here.

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Pamunkey Indian Tribe is First Federally Recognized Tribe in Virginia

Final Order re Acknowledgment 62ibia122 Download press release here. On January 28, 2016, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s July 2, 2015 Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgment (the “Final Determination”) became effective as a result of a final dismissal of a request … Continue reading

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