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SBA Tribal Consultations to Continue

The SBA held its tribal consultations on the recently published proposed regulations in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26, 2015. During those consultations, it was announced that the SBA would be extending the time to comment on...more

New Proposed Rule on Valuation of Oil & Gas and Coal Leases

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue of the Department of the Interior recently issued a proposed rule to change the valuation process for the payment of royalties for oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore...more

Procedures Introduced to Administer and Coordinate First Nation Consultation

On February 4, 2015, the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released the Joint Operating Procedures for First Nations Consultation on Energy Resource Activities (Procedures). ...more

OMB and Federal Agencies Publish Final Rule on Grants and Cooperative Agreements

On December 19, 2014, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 28 federal agencies published in the Federal Register a consolidated interim final rule to implement OMB’s December 2013 final guidance on...more

U.S. Attorney General States Principles for Working With Tribes

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the Office of the Attorney General issued a notice setting forth principles for the AG and Department of Justice to work with federally recognized Indian tribes. Highlights of these principles...more

FERC rules tribes exempt from some energy regulation

When a Native American tribe acquires a hydroelectric power plant licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, does the project become exempt from some federal regulations? Yes, according to a FERC order...more

Does The DBO’s Draft Tribal Consultation Policy Violate the Public Records Act?

Three years ago, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-10-11. Among other things, Governor Brown ordered: that it is the policy of this Administration that every state agency and department...more

Senate holds nomination hearing for HUD Assistant Secretary

Last Thursday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs conducted a nomination hearing to interview San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Lourdes Castro Ramírez for the position of HUD Assistant...more

Tribe’s Gamble That Casino Land Transfer Approval Not Subject to CEQA Pays Off

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians v. Brown, C074506 (9/24/2014) - In a recent Third District Court of Appeal published opinion, the court in Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (3rd....more

Supreme Court Decision in Keewatin Confirms Provincial Ability to Take up Treaty Lands

On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in Grassy Narrows First Nation v Ontario (Natural Resources), 2014 SCC 48, also known as Keewatin. The decision affirms the Court’s approach in Tsilhqot’in...more

Pojoaque’s Plan to Seek an Imposed Contract: Is Interior’s Process Consistent with IGRA?

The Pueblo of Pojoaque needs a new Class III gaming compact by June 2015 in order to continue operating its casinos which are located north of Santa Fe. However, the Pueblo objected to the financial concessions being demanded...more

Redskins trademark case highlights value of linguistic analysis

The Washington Redskins trademark case, with its conclusion that REDSKINS trademark registrations should be cancelled, has sparked heated discussion among football fans, advocates of Native American interests, and foes of...more

Office of Management and Budget Releases New “Omni-Circular” Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit...

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released a comprehensive guidance that makes changes to the fragmented existing guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Camera-Equipped Model Airplanes Are Cleared for Take-Off

A ruling by an administrative law judge punches a hole through the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones. The decision may be significant for ongoing discussions in Congress and in Indian Country about drone...more

Bureau of Indian Affairs Finalizes Changes to Land-Into-Trust Procedures in Light of Patchak

In response to last year’s United States Supreme Court case of Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, 132 S. Ct. 2199 (2012) (“Patchak”), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) issued a final rule on...more

CFPB highlights collaboration with tribal governments

A recent CFPB blog post warning Native Americans receiving payments from the settlement in Cobell v. Salazar that they could be targeted by scammers also highlights the CFPB’s collaboration with tribal governments....more

Gaming Legal News - December 20, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 28

In This Issue: - Indian Gaming Issues To Watch In 2013 - Will The Ex Parte Young Doctrine Swallow Tribal Sovereign Immunity Whole? - Detroit Casinos’ November Revenues Decrease From Save Month Last Year: Michigan...more

Renewable Energy Update -- December 10, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - California lawmakers make plans to spend $2.5 billion in new energy funds; DOE unveils new procurement policy for renewable energy development on tribal lands; California's sprint...more

The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands

New regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) applicable to tribal leases will have far reaching impacts on businesses, particularly renewable energy projects, utilizing tribal lands....more

Focus on Mining: The New Fisheries Act: What Miners Need To Know

The repeal and enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal legislation is the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (EA) since the legislation was...more

US iGaming expansion

Originally published in World Online Gambling Law Report - September 2012. IGaming Update - More than twenty five years ago, gaming in the United States faced a conundrum as Indian Tribes and States debated the legality...more

Gaming Legal News - September 27, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 20

In This Issue: - AT LONG LAST, TRIBAL i-GAMING IS ON! (WELL, SORT OF….) by Dennis J. Whittlesey: Over the past several years, a major topic of discussion at virtually every gaming conference in the United States...more

The Revised Equator Principles Call on Companies to Seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Next up: Governments?

The new draft Equator Principles reflect and build upon the IFC Performance Standards’ requirement that companies obtain the free, prior, and informed consent ("FPIC") of indigenous peoples for development projects. This...more

Gaming Legal News - July 25, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 18

In This Issue: - THE CARCIERI CHALLENGE: PROVING “UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION [AS OF 1934]” by Dennis J. Whittlesey: The June 18 Supreme Court ruling in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band (“Gun Lake Band”) v. Patchak...more

Judge Gold Issues Another Historic Everglades Order This Week: EPA Proposal Moves Forward

United States District Judge Alan Gold makes news this month (again) with another Everglades Order: you'll recall that he issued a pretty big ruling last fall with his decision to put the federal government and not the State...more

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