Category Archives: federal recognition

New Student Scholarship on the Environmental Impact of Federal Recognition of American Indian Nations

The Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review has published “People of the Outside: The Environmental Impact of Federal Recognition of American Indian Nations” (PDF). Here is the abstract: American Indians interact with land and the environment in a manner that … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rejects Gaming Bid of MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians

Here are the materials in State of Alabama v. 50 Serialized JLM Games (S.D. Ala.): 8 Alabama Motion to Remand 10 MOWA Motion to Dismiss 23 Alabama Response to Motion to Dismiss 31 MOWA Amended Notice of Removal to Federal Court … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rejects Mackinac Tribe’s Bid for Federal Recognition

Here is the order in Mackinac Tribe v. Jewell (D. D.C.): 19 DCT Order Briefs are here.

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Mishewal Wappo Tribe Loses Trust Breach/Federal Recognition Claim

Here is the order in Mishewal Wappo Tribe  of Alexander Valley v. Jewell (N.D. Cal.): 197 DCT Order Briefs are here.

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California Valley Miwok Tribe v. California Gambling Control Commission Complaint

Here: 1 Complaint

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Second Circuit Rejects Schaghticoke Land Claims

Here is the unpublished opinion in Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Kent School Corp. Inc.: Schaghticoke CA2 Opinion An excerpt: Ultimately, the district court concluded that the evidence submitted by STN was insufficient to satisfy the Montoya standard requiring that the … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Decides Cloverdale Rancheria v. Jewell

Here is the unpublished opinion. Plaintiffs-Appellants are five members of the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California (“the Tribe”) who seek to compel Defendants-Appellees, the Department of Interior and its officials (“the Department”), to recognize them as the Tribe’s … Continue reading

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Law Prof Comments on Proposed Federal Acknowledgement Process Revisions

Here: Law Professor Letter – FAP Reform Chi-miigwetch to Patty Ferguson for doing the heavy lifting.

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Briefs in Mackinac Tribe v. Jewell (Complaint for Federal Recognition)

Here: 7-1 US Motion to Dismiss 10 Tribe Opposition 12 US Reply Complaint is here.

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Second Circuit Briefs in Schaghticoke Appeal

Here are the briefs in Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Kent School Corp. Inc.: Schaghticoke Brief Connecticut Brief Kent School Corp et al Brief US Brief Schaghticoke Reply Lower court materials here.

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