Category Archives: Michigan Indian

News Profile of LTBB Reservation Litigation

Here is “Long lawsuit ahead regarding tribal reservation: Federal judge orders two phases to tribal lawsuit, first phase could go to 2018.” Court docs here.

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Gun Lake Tribe to Release Lake Sturgeon into Kalamazoo River

WHO: Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Kalamazoo River Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow. WHAT: Public celebration / release of juvenile sturgeon into the Kalamazoo River. WHEN: Monday, August 29, … Continue reading

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Gun Lake Tribe and state to split $21.7M in disputed revenue sharing

From mLive.com: The Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians and the state of Michigan have agreed to split $21.7 million as a “partial settlement” of a dispute over the Michigan Lottery’s creation of online ticket sales and lottery terminals in … Continue reading

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EPA Assesses Enbridge Energy Millions for Indian Country Spills

Here is the complaint in United States v. Enbridge Energy (W.D. Mich.): 1 Complaint  

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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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Gun Lake Tribe Prevails in Patchak Matter

Here is the opinion in Patchak v. Jewell.  Here are the briefs. 

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Cert Petition in Kelsey v. Pope

Cert Petition regarding the question of the Little River Band’s criminal jurisdiction over off-reservation crimes affecting core tribal government interests. Questions presented: 1.  Whether Indian tribes can prosecute their members for acts that occur outside the tribe’s territory absent Congressional … Continue reading

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Federal Court Issues Order in Little Traverse Reservation Boundaries Case Bifurcating Merits and Remedies Phases

Here is the order in Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich.): 91. 2016-07-06 Opinion and Order Bifurcating Case and Granting Denying Plf’s MSD An excerpt: “‘Only Congress can divest a reservation of its land and … Continue reading

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State of Michigan Celebrates Reunification Day

Link to news coverage here. The Michigan Supreme Court ceremonially praised the efforts of family court participants, including Tribal leaders, for restoring children to their families on June 24, 2016, in Lansing.  Five judges from Michigan’s Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum were present. … Continue reading

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ICWA Published Notice Case out of Michigan

Here. Given the multiple references in the record to possible Cherokee heritage, the DHHS had adequate information to make an “initial determination” that C.J. “may be a member” of the Cherokee tribe, implicating a duty to “exercise due diligence to … Continue reading

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