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Interior’s Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects

The Office of the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior has issued a legal opinion (the “Opinion“) to the Secretary of the Interior interpreting the statutory phrase “under federal jurisdiction” in the Indian...more

Tribe Files Suit to Block California Compact Referendum

The landmark ballot referendum proposing to reverse the California Legislature’s ratification of two off-reservation tribal casinos is being challenged in state court litigation seeking to block the referendum from appearing...more

Office of the Solicitor Issues Carcieri “Fix” Opinion

In response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. 379 (2009), the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of the Interior issued a memorandum opinion on March 12, 2014,...more

Financial Services Law - Feb 14, 2014

Bit by Bit(coin), Virtual Currency Inches Toward Regulation - Has the time come to regulate virtual currency? At a recent hearing held by the New York Department of Financial Services, the answer appeared to be “yes.”...more

Obstructive Conduct by Aboriginal Groups May be Regulated by Municipal By-Laws

The decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Detlor v. Brantford (City) helpfully addresses the intersection between municipal jurisdiction and constitutional law. In upholding the power of municipalities to pass by-laws...more

CFPB Weighs In On New York Tribal Lending Case

On November 13, the CFPB filed an amicus brief in a Second Circuit case stemming from efforts of the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to crack down on lenders offering allegedly illegal payday loans. Certain...more

Asserting a Tribal Sovereign Immunity Defense, Even Where the Tribe has Contractually Waived its Immunity

The doctrine of sovereign immunity acts as a powerful protection for any sovereign entity. By prohibiting the courts from adjudicating whether or not the sovereign party breached a contract, committed a tort, or otherwise...more

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Dismisses Tribal Trust Case for Failure to Identify Money-Mandating Statute

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently dismissed the breach-of-trust claims in Hopi Tribe v. United States based on the tribe’s failure to identify a specific money-mandating trust duty owed by the Government. The Hopi...more

Laws Benefiting Mdewakanton Indians Did Not Create Money-Mandating Duty

In Wolfchild v. United States, the Federal Circuit held that nineteenth-century laws authorizing the U.S. Department of the Interior to spend funds for the benefit of certain Indians did not create a money-mandating duty owed...more

New York Continues Payday Loan Crackdown

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) may take direct and indirect actions against online tribal lenders, Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of New York held in a ruling last week. The decision is...more

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Denies Government’s Motion to Dismiss Congressional Reference Breach-of-Trust Case

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently denied the Government’s motion to dismiss T.C. Bear v. United States, a congressional reference case, involving breach-of –trust claims brought by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma...more

Jicarilla Apache Nation Awarded $21 Million for Breaches of Trust

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently awarded the Jicarilla Apache Nation $21 million in damages for the Government’s decades-long failure to honor its fiduciary obligations owed to the Jicarilla Apache. In Jicarilla...more

CFC Rejects Government’s Motions for More Definite Statement and Leaves Intact Indian Breach-of-Trust Claims

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently denied the Government’s motion for a more definite statement in a breach-of-trust suit brought by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and a companion class action on behalf of members of the...more

Gaming Legal News - June 26, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 14

In This Issue: - TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP REVOCATIONS: DIALING FOR DOLLARS? Over the past several years, there have been a series of publicized tribal enrollment revocations of enrolled members – including former...more

Amending the Oklahoma model Tribal Gaming Compact

The recent “settlement agreement” between the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes and the Governor of Oklahoma (Exhibit A hereto) has revived interest in amendment of the terms of the Model Tribal Gaming Compact (the “Compact”) (Exhibit...more

Tribal challenge made to Cordray appointment

According to a Bloomberg report, the Chippewa-Cree tribe in Montana, as grounds for objecting to a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued by the CFPB, has challenged the validity of Director Richard Cordray’s recess...more

Canada’s Supreme Court Requires Aboriginal Groups to Follow Statutory Process

On May 9, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Behn v. Moulton Contracting Ltd., 2013 SCC 26, affirming that Aboriginal groups seeking to challenge the validity of permits or authorizations granted to...more

The Alaska Constitution and Alaska Oil and Gas Projects

In the March 29th decision of Sullivan v. Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), the Supreme Court of Alaska held that the Alaska Constitution requires only one “best interest finding” (that an oil...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2013

In this Issue: - Key Cases - Court Upholds Permitting, Licensing and Zoning Regulation of Spiritual Counselors - Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains Denied Injunctive Relief for Statistical Imbalance in...more

Rohnert Park Approves Use of Eminent Domain for Street Widening

According to an article in the Press Democrat, Rohnert Park OKs eminent domain at site of future hotel, restaurant, the Rohnert Park City Council recently adopted a resolution of necessity authorizing the use of eminent...more

California Reintroduces Bill to Legalize Sports Betting

For the second year in a row, the California State Legislature will consider Senate Bill 190 to legalize sports betting within the state. Last year’s Senate Bill 1390 passed in the California State Senate, but stalled in...more

Federal Court Extends Federal Jurisdiction to Métis and Non-Status Indians: No Impact to Resource Developers

A recent Federal Court decision clarifies and extends federal jurisdiction to Métis and non-status Indians. This ruling is significant because there could be broad financial and policy implications for the federal government....more

Alberta First Nations Challenge Constitutionality of Federal Regulatory Reforms

On January 8, 2012, the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Frog Lake First Nation (the First Nations), both located in Alberta, filed notices of application (the Applications) with the Federal Court seeking judicial review of...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Decides Panel Not Required to Determine Adequacy of Crown’s Aboriginal Consultation

On November 26, 2012, the Alberta Court of Appeal released the decision of Justice Slatter denying leave to appeal a decision made by the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) established to evaluate Shell Canada’s application to...more

Life After Patchak: What Does It Mean For Tribal Gaming in California?

Originally published in Riverside Lawyer, October 2012. The tribal gaming industry received a blow from the United States Supreme Court right before the high court ended its session for the summer. Whether the blow is...more

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