Tribal Jurisdiction Issues

High stakes for tribal casinos in court fight over labor rights

High stakes for tribal casinos in court fight over labor rights

(Reuters) – After the Saginaw Chippewa fired a housekeeper at the Soaring Eagle casino in 2010, the Michigan tribe found itself at the center of a national legal battle over the reach of U.S. labor law and the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. The housekeeper, Susan Lewis, was fired for soliciting union support among […]

Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians votes to keep new leaders

Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians votes to keep new leaders

CORNING >> In an election to decide who should lead the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, which owns Rolling Hills Casino and had been embroiled in a leadership dispute since April, the tribe overwhelmingly voted to keep ousted members off the tribe’s governing council. Tribal treasurer Ambrosia Rico announced that members voted 138-61 to keep […]

Tejon tribe members hold protest

Tejon tribe members hold protest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Members of the Tejon tribe took part Friday in a peaceful protest for what they’re calling a lack of response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They say more than 600 people were intentionally left out of reaffirmation. “All Indian people deserve justice. That is what we are seeking,” said protester […]

Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez

Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez

As a judge for the Spirit Lake Nation and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a new resident on southwestern North Dakota, I’m witnessing a frightening trend in Indian country. The oil boom is harming Native communities far beyond the Bakken. Impoverished reservations are flooded with cash thanks to lease money distributed to land beneficiaries […]

Joint tribal business council dissolved – Washington Times

Joint tribal business council dissolved – Washington Times

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – The Northern Arapaho Business Council has decided to dissolve the Shoshone and Arapaho Joint Business Council. The joint council provided a forum for communication between the two tribes that share the Wind River Reservation. But Northern Arapaho officials say the panel created barriers to the tribe’s economic development and often wasted […]

Eastern Shoshone Tribe rejects NABC declaration on JBC; Will no longer recognize Arapaho authority

Eastern Shoshone Tribe rejects NABC declaration on JBC; Will no longer recognize Arapaho authority

Fort Washakie, Wyo. – The Eastern Shoshone Tribe did not react well to their neighboring tribe’s pronouncement of dissolving the Shoshone and Arapahoe Joint Business Council.  In a statement released this afternoon just before 3 p.m., the ESBC said it “has not agreed to dissolve the JBC”, it said the action was never approved by […]

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town affiliation with larger Muscogee Nation heart of court dispute

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town affiliation with larger Muscogee Nation heart of court dispute

DENVER — Citing the need for all lower level legal remedies to be exhausted first, the Tenth Circuit Court reversed and remanded an appeal from a Muscogee (Creek) tribal town Wednesday. The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, headquartered in Okemah, Okla., had requested a permanent injunction to keep the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s judiciary from hearing its internal […]

Tenth Circuit Finds Federal Question in Thlopthlocco Tribal Town v. Stidham, Orders Tribal Court Exhaustion

Tenth Circuit Finds Federal Question in Thlopthlocco Tribal Town v. Stidham, Orders Tribal Court Exhaustion

Here is the opinion in Thlopthlocco Tribal Town v. Stidham. An excerpt: The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town is a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oklahoma. An election dispute arose about which individuals were properly elected or appointed to govern the Thlopthlocco people. Seeking to resolve that dispute, the Tribal Town filed suit in the tribal court […]

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