March 16, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a northern Michigan Native American tribe, on Friday signed into law the Waganakising Odawak Statute 2013-003, a measure approving same-sex marriage. The law repeals Waganakising Odawak Statute 2007-001 which only ...[read more]
June 18, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 that the federal government is not immune from a lawsuit by a citizen to prevent a particular use of "Indian Lands" retained in trust by the government. In Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak the government approved the granting ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a $1.023 billion settlement with 41 American Indian Tribes Wednesday. The announcement comes following a 22-month negotiation period after the tribes alleged in a class action that the DOI and the Department of ...[read more]
January 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 1, 2010, several state laws took effect seeking to regulate everything from social policy to highway safety. Texting while driving became illegal in Illinois, Oregon and New Hampshire, joining the nearly twenty other prohibiting states and the federal government. North Carolina banned ...[read more]
December 9, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US government announced Tuesday that a settlement agreement worth more than $3.4 billion has been reached in a 13-year class action lawsuit concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 American Indians. US Attorney General Eric Holder and Se... ...[read more]
July 24, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Cobell, et al. v. Salazar, et al., US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, July 24, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here... ...[read more]
July 24, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the US Department of the Interior (DOI) must provide an accounting in a 13-year class action lawsuit concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 American Indians. Bo... ...[read more]
July 11, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
Eric Linge, Pitt Law '09, files from Mumbai:One year ago today, July 11, 2006, a day Indians call 7/11 (or 11/7), seven coordinated blasts within fifteen minutes tore through rail cars on Mumbai's suburban railway killing 187 people. Nineteen suspects are to stand trial for the blasts at the... ...[read more]
July 27, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones
Senior managers in the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) allegedly violated ethics rules by maintaining an improper relationship with an accounting firm that won more than $6.5 million in contract work related to Indian trust funds held by the government, according to a US ...[read more]
October 25, 2005
by Christopher G. Anderson
A federal district court judge in Washington, DC has again ruled that the US Department of the Interior must disconnect computers from the Internet that have access to data related to trust accounts it administers for American Indians. Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in the 205-page opinion that the ...[read more]

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