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Miccosukee Tribe wants Fed. Judge disqualified from sanctions case

Miccosukee Tribe wants Fed. Judge disqualified from sanctions case

Law360, Miami (September 19, 2014, 6:52 PM ET) – The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its attorneys’ recent motion to disqualify the federal judge on a sanctions case over the tribe’s allegedly bad faith embezzlement suit against them was not timely and lacks merit, two of the plaintiffs said Thursday. Miami attorneys Guy […]

Bill Would Give Tribes IRS Relief | MTPR

Bill Would Give Tribes IRS Relief | MTPR

The US House has unanimously passed a bill ensuring that certain tribal government programs and services won’t be taxed by the I.R.S. The “Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act” was drawn up in response to an I.R.S request to perform an audit on a tribal program providing school supplies to children. In another incident, the agency […]

KBIC judge dismisses lawsuit challenging plan for new casino

KBIC judge dismisses lawsuit challenging plan for new casino

A judge for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the tribe’s plan for a new casino. Tribal members approved the $2.75 million purchase of the Baraga Lakeside Inn for $2.75 million with the intent of building a new Ojibwa Casino at the site. Former chairman Fred Dakota claimed the […]

James Henrikson charged with murder for hire of business partners

James Henrikson charged with murder for hire of business partners

MARCK, N.D. – A Watford City man could face the death penalty or life in prison if he is convicted on one of two federal murder-for-hire charges filed Wednesday in Washington state. James Henrikson, 35, is charged with two counts of murder for hire, four counts of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, four counts […]

Ninth Circuit Decides Chemeheuvi Indian Tribe v. Jewell

Ninth Circuit Decides Chemeheuvi Indian Tribe v. Jewell

Here is the opinion. The court’s syllabus: The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior in an action brought by the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe alleging that the Secretary violated the Administrative Procedure Act by determining that the Department of the Interior was […]

Muscogee Creek Nation Second Chief’s trial postponed

Muscogee Creek Nation Second Chief’s trial postponed

TULSA, Okla. — The federal jury trial of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Second Chief Roger Barnett has been postponed. According to court documents filed Friday in the Northern District of Oklahoma, Barnett’s trial, originally scheduled to start Monday morning, is now set for Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, a hearing on motions and a potential […]

House passes bill to shield Gun Lake Tribe casino from litigation

House passes bill to shield Gun Lake Tribe casino from litigation

The House voted 359-64 on Tuesday night to pass S.1603, the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act. The bill ensures that land already held in trust for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, can’t be challenged in federal court. It shields the Gun Lake Casino from an ongoing […]

9th Circuit takes up Big Lagoon Rancheria gaming land dispute

9th Circuit takes up Big Lagoon Rancheria gaming land dispute

All eyes are on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today for a closely-watched Indian gaming case that could impact tribes throughout the nation. An en banc panel of the court is rehearing Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California. The outcome will determine whether the Big Lagoon Rancheria can pursue a casino on land that was […]

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