Monthly Archives: March 2007

Supreme Court refuses to hear two Cobell appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two appeals by the Cobell plaintiffs on Monday in the multi-billion-dollar Indian trust fund lawsuit.  The justices refused to review two recent decisions in the case.  The first issue involved the removal of federal District Judge Royce Lamberth by the … Continue reading

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U.S. Deputy Interior Secretary and Jack Abramoff

Former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles pled guilty to obstruction of justice last week.  This conviction marks another new low in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal.  Griles is the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in connection with Abramoff.  Griles was the No. 2 official at … Continue reading

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Tribal casino funds Michigan drug education program

Many tribes across the country have used their casino earnings to benefit their local communities.  The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa in Michigan recently funded the only drug testing and educational program of its type in the Upper Peninsula. The Confederated … Continue reading

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State must recognize tribal auto registrations and titles

On February 6, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals held that Kansas may not refuse to honor the motor vehicle registrations and title issued by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.  Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Wagnon, 476 F.3d 818 … Continue reading

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Land into trust

On January 29, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the BIA to approve a request of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to take into trust status 310 acres that adjoined the tribe’s existing reservation in … Continue reading

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Lawyers appealing decision upholding Kamehameha schools for Native Hawaiians only

Attorneys for a white student who was excluded from admission at a Native Hawaiian private school are appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In early March, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, by an 8-7 vote, upheld the policy … Continue reading

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Nez Perce hunt buffalo near Yellowstone Park

In early March, for the second year in a row, the Idaho based Nez Perce Tribe exercised its rights under an 1855 treaty with the United States to hunt buffalo and elk near Yellowstone Park.

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