National Indian Law Library Bulletin (3/15/2018)

Written by: Matthew Fletcher

Primary Source : Turtle Talk, March 19, 2018


The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 3/15/18.Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin

  • Justice for Native Nations: Insights from legal pluralism.
  • GMOs, International law, and Indigenous peoples.
  • May the spirit of section 106 yet prevail?: Recognizing the environmental elements of Native American intangible cultural heritage.

Tribal Courts Bulletin
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians v. Lambert (Impeachment)
Apachito v. Navajo Election Administration (Elections)
Northern Edge Casino v. Window Rock District Court (Personal Injury)

State Courts Bulletin
State v. Zack (Jurisdiction)

Regulatory Bulletin
The Department of the Interior has issued a notice relating to a list of programs eligible for inclusion in funding agreements negotiated with self-governance tribes.

News Bulletin
In the Health & Welfare section, we feature a couple of articles about Congressional efforts to battle opioid addiction in Indian Country.

U.S. Legislation Bulletin
The following bills were added:

  • S. 2514: PACED Act (Preserving Access to Cost Effective Drugs) [bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity]
  • S. 2545: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a special behavioral health program for Indians.
  • H.R.5244: To reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation, and for other purposes.


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Matthew Fletcher
Matthew L.M. Fletcher is Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He is the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. In 2010, Professor Fletcher was elected to the American Law Institute.