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BIA Proposes Rule Revisions for Rights-of-Way on Indian Lands

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

Federal Rule and Ninth Circuit Opinion Create Huge Opportunities on Indian Land

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

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

Aboriginal Title Revisited - William V. British Columbia

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

Marzulla Law Legal Report - June 23, 2011

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

RE-EVALUATING TRIBAL CUSTOMS OF LAND USE RIGHTS

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

Determined to 'do' Our Part for the Collective Good

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

Kivalina - Preparing for the Storm

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

Aboriginal Rights: Unresolved Issues Create Problems for Business by Keith E. Clark

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. In...more

Yucca Mountain Project: federal, state and tribal struggles for sovereignty

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

Lang Michener - In Brief - Spring 2008

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

Lang Michener - Real Estate Brief - Spring 2008

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

Aboriginal Land Claims: A Primer on the Elephant in the Room by Annie M. Thuan

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

Legal Considerations in Structuring Renewable Energy Projects: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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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