Native American Law Watch – Spring 2013
Spring 2013 edition of Modrall Sperling’s Native American Law Watch includes:
Regulatory Developments in Indian Country:
- BIA Issues Final Regulations Governing Residental, Business, and Wind and Solar Resource Leasing on Indian Lands
The Revised Rule: On November 27, 2012, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued the long-awaited and substantially revised regulations addressing non-agricultural surface leasing of Indian land under the Indian Long Term Leasing Act.
Employment Law in Indian Country:
- Salt River Project v. Lee, Navajo Nation Held to Waive Regulation of Employment
The Case: The federal court for the District of Arizona has issued an important order, ruling that the Navajo Nation waived its putative right to regulate a non-Indian employer in a 1969 lease. The Order is contrary to a previous ruling by the Navajo Supreme Court
Federal Courts and Indian Country:
- Grand Canyon Sky Watch, Arizona Federal Court Addresses Arbitration Enforcebility:
The Case: The order entered February 13, 2013, in Grand Canyon Skywalk Development, LLC v. ‘Sa’ Nyu Wa, Inc. reflects important principles supporting the enforceability of arbitration awards when a dispute arises in economic development in Indian country.
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