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Ninth Circuit decision raises new questions about Indian trust lands

India, USA - January 24 2014 On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California, a case involving the Big Lagoon…

Richard A. Duncan, Michael K. Coddington, Christiana M. Martenson, Kent E. Richey

Supreme Court clears the way for a lawsuit over the federal government's land acquisition for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

USA - June 18 2012 On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States decided Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak and Salazar v. Patchak, 567 U.S. ___ (2012).

Richard A. Duncan, Kent E. Richey, Leah R. Sixkiller

Supreme Court decides Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak

USA - June 18 2012 On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak et al., No. 11-246, holding that (1) the United States government does not have sovereign immunity from the suit under the Quiet Title Act where a plaintiff does not assert any right or interest in the title of the property; and (2) the landowner had prudential standing to challenge the Secretary of the Interior's acquisition of land in trust.

Bruce Jones, Trina K. Taylor, Leah R. Sixkiller

Supreme Court decides Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter

USA - June 18 2012 On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter et al., No. 11-551, holding that under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA), the government must pay every tribe's "self-determination" contract support costs in full.

Bruce Jones, Trina K. Taylor, Leah R. Sixkiller