Bart J. Freedman

K&L Gates LLP

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The Wind River Reservation Treatment-as-State Controversy: How Confusion Undermines Opportunities for Cooperative Governance

Under certain statutes, tribes can exercise civil jurisdiction over non-Indians. For instance, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act allows tribes to pursue claims for natural resource...more

6/19/2014 - Clean Air Act Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA Natural Resources Tribal Governments Tribal Lands

Ninth Circuit Decision Creates New Tax Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Country

Since the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Jones, it has been clear that state and local tax authorities could not assess property tax on permanent improvements located on tribal trust land when...more

8/9/2013 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Leases LLC Property Improvements Property Tax Tax Assessment Tribal Governments Tribal Lands

The Recent “Culvert Decision” in United States v. Washington Is Likely To Have Significant Implications For Governmental and...

On March 29, 2013, United States District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez ordered the State of Washington to replace culverts under State owned roads that block the passage of salmon to critical habitat. The court earlier found...more

4/19/2013 - Critical Habitat Environmental Policies Fishing Industry Government Entities Salmon

Department of Interior Streamlines Lease Approval Process for Developing Renewable Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

The efficiency and transparency of developing wind and solar energy projects on tribal lands have improved considerably as a result of the recent issuance by the Department of Interior (DOI) of its final rule governing leases...more

12/11/2012 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of the Interior Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tribal Lands Wind Power

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