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U.S. bankruptcy law governs Indian tribes, 1st Circuit rules

A First Circuit decision that Indian tribes can be sued for ignoring the rules of federal bankruptcy law - an issue that has divided other federal appeals courts - could prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the matter and resolve it once and for all. ... Read more»

Tempers flare as Supreme Court hears tribal sovereignty case

Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma and Supreme Court justices sparred Wednesday over claims that “thousands of crimes” have gone unprosecuted in the two years since the court removed state jurisdiction over many crimes in a large part the state.... Read more»

Oklahoma tribal sovereignty case gets Supreme Court review, not reversal

The Supreme Court will revisit – but not overturn – its landmark 2020 decision that said a large part of eastern Oklahoma is still legally Muscogee (Creek) reservation land, a ruling that state officials claim has upended trial courts there.... Read more»

Pascua Yaqui Tribe awarded grant to support domestic violence prosecution efforts

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women for more than $100,000 to prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence-related crimes committed within their community.... Read more»

Appeals exhausted, Navajo double-killer executed despite tribe’s objections

Lezmond Mitchell on Wednesday became the first Native American in modern history to be executed by the federal government over the objections of a tribal government for a crime committed between Native Americans on tribal land.... Read more»

Tribes see greater sovereignty under Obama, but still have a long way to go

Indian Country made huge strides toward flexing its sovereign authority during President Barack Obama’s first term but it still has a long way to go, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday.... Read more»

Native Americans say SCOTUS trust decision killing jobs

A 2009 Supreme Court ruling that restricts tribal jurisdiction “is killing jobs in Indian country, and it is killing jobs in the local non–Indian communities which neighbor Indian country,” a Native American official told a Senate committee Thursday.... Read more»