Petition was filed in Cougar Den, Inc. v. Washington State Department of Licensing (Taxation; Treaty Rights) on 6/14/17. Petition was denied in City of Myton, Utah v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (Indian Country Jurisdiction) on 7/3/17.
U.S. Federal Courts Bulletin
Penobscot Nation v. Mills (Maine Implementing Act; Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act; Hunting and Fishing Rights)
Window Rock Unified School District v. Reeves (Employment Law; Exhaustion of Tribal Court Remedies)
State of Kansas v. Zinke (Reviewable Final Agency Action; Gaming)
Clema v. Colombe (Tribal Police Officer - Immunity)
Begnoche v. D.L. Derose (Religious Rights - Prisoners)
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community v. Khouri (State Taxation - Tobacco)
Wilson v. Umpqua Indian Development Corporation (Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Tort Claims)
Tribal Courts Bulletin
Stone v. Colville Business Council (Tribal Sovereign Immunity)
We feature more than thirty stories. One of them, in the Tribal Jurisdiction section, relates to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that opens up tribal jurisdiction over public schools.
Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin
The following articles were added:
Unclouding Arizona's water future.
Bio-prospecting in the Arctic: An overview of the interaction between the rights of indigenous peoples and access and benefit sharing.
Denying disgorgement: The Supreme Court's refusal to grant the Crow Tribe relief.
Integrating Indigenous rights into multilateral environmental agreements: The International Whaling Commission and aboriginal subsistence whaling.
Fracking in the Badlands: Can levying a carbon tax against oil and gas companies help Native American tribes raise revenue while preserving cherished tribal lands?
The Native American struggle between economic growth and cultural, religious, and environmental protection: A corporate solution.
The Violence Against Women Act: A double-edged sword for Native Americans, their rights, and their hopes of regaining cultural independence.
Environmental justice: A necessary lens to effectively view environmental threats to indigenous survival.
Back to the negotiating table: Designing a Tribal-State compact for Alabama.
Indian treaty fishing rights and the environment: Affirming the right to habitat protection and restoration.
U.S. Legislation Bulletin
The following bills were added:
H.R.3138: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat Indian tribal governments in the same manner as State governments for certain Federal tax purposes, and for other purposes.
H.R.3147: To amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants.
H.R.3096: To implement a mandatory random drug testing program for certain employees of the Indian Health Service, and for other purposes.
S.1491: A bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act with respect to the Native Villages of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell, Alaska, and for other purposes.
S.1492: A bill to establish a Regional Corporation for Natives who are non-residents of Alaska, and for other purposes.
S.1400: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes.
H.R.2987: 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2017 (See SEC. 203 6, 12, 13).