Fletcher on ICWA at Cato Unbound

Fletcher on ICWA at Cato Unbound | Turtle Talk Here is “Limit Government Intrusion in Indian Families’ Lives.” This essay is part of a series of online essays at Cato Unbound on the Indian Child Welfare Act. Excerpts: The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) restricts government intervention in Indian families’ lives, imposes important obligations on …

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Federal Court Issues Order in Little Traverse Reservation Boundaries Case Bifurcating Merits and Remedies Phases

Here is the order in Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich.): 91. 2016-07-06 Opinion and Order Bifurcating Case and Granting Denying Plf’s MSD An excerpt: “‘Only Congress can divest a reservation of its land and diminish its boundaries,’ and its intent to do so must be clear.” Nebraska v. Parker, …

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Takeaways from the Bryant Decision

As observers might have predicted from the oral argument in United States v. Bryant (opinion here), the government’s victory was not surprising. Of course, even a few years ago, this outcome was far from a foregone conclusion, as the 2005 Canby-Washburn-Sands debates in the Federal Sentencing Reporter suggested. A few takeaways: 1. Remarkable that the Court heaps …

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Jim Harrison Walks On

Here. Harrison was a long time resident of Michigan, including Leelanau County, where he knew many Anishinaabe people. He wrote a compelling introduction to the history of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Mem-ka-Weh: The Dawning of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He also wrote many Indian characters …

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Judge Garland’s Indian Law Record

President Obama is expected to announce D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland has a very limited record on Indian law issues. He was on the panel that decided Ramapough Mountain Indians v. Norton, an unsigned per curiam decision from 2001, that affirmed the Interior Department’s decision not to acknowledge the Ramapough …

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Robert Miller on Tribal Constitutions and Their Influence on the American Constitution

Robert Miller has posted “American Indian Constitutions and Their Influence on the United States Constitution” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper analyzes modern-day American Indian constitutionalism. It describes the development of written constitutions by Indian nations and primarily focuses on constitutions developed since 1934 under the auspices of the federal Indian Reorganization Act. …

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Saginaw Chippewa v. NLRB Cert Petition

Here: Saginaw Cert Petition and Appendix- Filed Questions presented: For more than sixty years, the National Labor Relations Board correctly declined to exercise jurisdiction over tribal operations on tribal lands. But in recent years, the Board has belatedly asserted the extraordinary power to regulate the on-reservation activities of sovereign Indian tribes, precipitating a three-way circuit split in the process. Nothing in …

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Little River Band v. NLRB Cert Petition

Here: Little River Petition and Appendix COMBINED Question presented: Whether the National Labor Relations Board exceeded its authority by ordering an Indian tribe not to enforce a tribal labor law that governs the organizing and collective bargaining activities of tribal government employees working on tribal trust lands. Lower court materials here. Tweet

Department of Justice Proposes Legislation to Empower Tribal Governments in Selecting Polling Places

Today the Department of Justice proposed legislation that would require states or localities whose territory includes part or all of an Indian reservation, an Alaska Native village, or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a venue selected by the tribal government.  “The Department of Justice is deeply committed to ensuring that …

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