Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pequots fortunes reversed?

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Massachusetts has enjoyed a remarkable gaming fueled economic boom in the past two decades due to its Foxwoods Resort Casino.  Tribal citizens were reportedly receiving over $100,000 annually in casino revenue stipends.  New From Indian … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Development | Leave a comment

Montana Chippewa Cree agree to use state security interests filing system

News From Indian Country, April 2012, at 2, reports that the Chippewa Cree Tribe located in Montana has signed a banking agreement with the state that should help spur economic development on the reservation. The Tribe will use the state … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Development | Leave a comment

Nevada educators developing American Indian curriculum

The media reports that Nevada teachers converged on Reno this week to develop curricula for teaching local American Indian culture in state schools. “Nevada history is incomplete without the Native American experience,” said Stacey Montooth, a member of the team established by … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Shinnecock Indian Nation, New York state, and town of Southampton lawsuit headed back to state court

A divided federal court of appeals yesterday vacated a trial court ruling that barred a Long Island-based American Indian tribe from building a casino in Southampton, New York. In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the dispute between the Shinnecock … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | Leave a comment

Supreme Court ruling opens floodgates to challenges of Indian land trust acquisitions

On Monday June 18, the United States Supreme Court issued two new Indian law decisions. In MATCH-E-BE-NASH-SHE-WISH BAND OF POTTAWATOMI INDIANS v. PATCHAK et al, the United States Supreme Court held in an 8-1 decision that plaintiff David Patchak could sue the United States under … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | 1 Comment

Economic development increasing at Pine Ridge Reservation

An article in Indian Country Today highlights the progress that is being made at the poorest Indian reservation, in the poorest county in the United States, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The author claims that new economic development is … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Development | Leave a comment

Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement

The Navajo Nation has sued the clothing retailer Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement. Months before, the Nation sent a cease-and-desist letter to Urban Outfitters demanding it stop using the “Navajo” name. The suit filed last Tuesday in federal court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Law | 1 Comment