Jenn Weddle Guest Post on Upper Skagit Decision

The Upper Skagit Court’s restraint Monday is appreciated in Indian Country.  A “hornbook” law principle is that tribes need not suffer litigation unless and until either the tribe or Congress expressly says so.  Monday’s Upper Skagit opinion affords appropriate time for further advocacy and lower court consideration as to whether that hornbook principle should be displaced by another—the immovable …

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Review Essay: African Futebol and Portugal

[Note: This review essay is cross-posted from idrottsforum.org.] In an extraordinary stroke of good luck, I recently had the opportunity to read Football and Colonialism by Nuno Domingos and Following The Ball by Todd Cleveland. These well-researched scholarly histories of Africans in Portugal’s soccer empire beautifully complement each other. Football and Colonialism reconstructs the culture of the game in Lourenço Marques …

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Gregory Ablavsky on the Original Meaning of “With the Indian Tribes”, Race, and Citizenship

Gregory Ablavsky has published “With the Indian Tribes”: Race, Citizenship, and Original Constitutional Meanings in the Stanford Law Review. Here is the abstract: Under black-letter law declared in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Morton v. Mancari, federal classifications of individuals as “Indian” based on membership in a federally recognized tribe rely on a political, not …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/17/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/17/18. U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2017-2018update.html Read the latest Tribal Supreme Court Project update published on 5/11/18. Tribal Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2018.html McClellan v. Grand Traverse Band Election Board and Petoskey (Tribal Elections) Petoskey and Robert v. Grand Traverse Band Election Board (Tribal Elections) …

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Grouping Rows of a Matrix

I spent a large chunk of yesterday afternoon doing something I thought would be simple (relatively speaking) in LaTeX. I wanted to group rows of a matrix (actually, in my case, a vector) with right braces, and label the groups. An example of what I wanted is in the image below. This seems to me …

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Big M and Integrality Tolerance

A change I made to an answer I posted on OR-Exchange, based on a comment from a well-informed user of OR-X, might be worth repeating here on the blog. It has to do with issues that can occur when using “big M” type integer programming models, a topic I’ve covered here before. As I mentioned …

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Kirsten Carlson on the Rise of Lobbying by Tribal Interests from 1978 to 2012

Kirsten Matoy Carlson has posted “Lobbying Against the Odds,” forthcoming in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Here is the abstract: Conventional narratives maintain that groups that lack political power litigate because they cannot attain their goals politically. Yet lobbying by American Indians has increased over 600 percent since the late 1970s. And they are not …

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Teaching Soccer Online: 2018 Edition

  A couple of weeks ago, I was mired in grading final papers and exams when I received the first student emails about my “Global Soccer” online summer course. “Professor,” an eager young man wrote, “I’m really excited about taking your soccer class and want to get an early start.” His enthusiasm, while obviously welcome, …

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/11/2018)

Here: The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 5/11/18.Tribal Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/tribal/2018.html People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Sorrell (Exclusion Order) People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Nickaboine (Exclusion Order)Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2018.html To sue and be …

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Grant Christensen on ICRA and Banishment

Grant Christensen has posted “Civil Rights Notes: American Indians and Banishment, Jury Trials, and the Doctrine of Lenity,” forthcoming in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. The syllabus: Indian defendants appearing before tribal courts are not protected by the Bill of Rights. Instead, Congress enacted the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968 to …

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Importing food damages domestic environment

Trees falling as fragile forests become cropland is a visual shorthand for the environmental costs exporting countries pay to meet lucrative global demands for food. Yet a new study reveals a counterintuitive truth: Importing food also damages homeland ecology. In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) …

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