On June 17, 2014, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published proposed revisions to 25 CFR Part 169, whereby the new rule seeks to comprehensively update and streamline the process for obtaining BIA grants of Rights-of-Way...more
In a set of comprehensive regulations affecting non-agricultural leasing on Indian land, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs made sweeping changes and largely exempted property taxes on permanent...more
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
Originally published in Mineral Exploration - Fall 2012.
The decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) in William v. British Columbia issued June 27, 2012, is the most recent pronouncement on Aboriginal...more
In This Issue:
Restoring Dignity to the Members of the Quapaw (O-Gah-Pah) Tribe of Oklahoma
A Brief History
For over four centuries the original inhabitants of the region where the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers...more
Indigenous peoples developed sustainable land tenure systems over countless generations, but these customary systems of rights are barely used by American Indian tribes today. Would increasing formal recognition of these...more
Thomas Jefferson said, "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing."
Since the founding of...more
In Noah's day, one gigantic flood destroyed the world. He was warned that a debilitating storm was coming and heeded that warning. He spent one hundred years gathering the resources necessary to build an ark to save his...more
Unresolved issues concerning Aboriginal rights and title are creating problems for the business community across Canada. Businesses operate best in environments where legal rights and rules are known and respected.
Millions fight to save Nevada's people and land from nuclear waste. The Yucca Mountain Project has gone from bad to ugly, and now involves a number of law suits involving federal, state and tribal sovereignty over Yucca...more
In This Issue
There are a wide variety of topical business and
corporate matters discussed in this issue. Proper resignation as a corporate director, good governance of natural resource industries, effective government...more
In This Issue:
The Ontario Brownfields legislation is designed to
encourage development of properties that are contaminated
or are perceived to be contaminated by reason of prior use. Annie Thuan reviews some recent and...more
Recent events such as those in Caledonia, Ontario
demonstrate the devastating effect that unresolved
Aboriginal land claims can have on property owners,
vendors, purchasers and developers.
Property owners who...more
The British Columbia Opportunity
British Columbia’s 2007 Energy Plan’s stated intention is to provide direction in the area of secure energy supply in the face of the Province’s growth in demand, leadership in...more
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