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Reservation Diminishment: Implications for Tribal Taxing Powers over Non-Members

Introduction: Writing another chapter in its long-running book regarding whether boundaries of Indian Reservations across the country have been diminished or reduced by Congressional action, on March 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in[1. Nebraska v. Parker.[1.Nebraska v….

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Indian Law Cases Pending Before the Supreme Court Worth Following

The United States Supreme Court has a number of Indian law cases on its docket this term. Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: Perhaps the highest profile case pending before the Court raises the issue of the necessary demonstration…

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Bondholders and Trustee Avoid Tribal Court Jurisdiction on Defaulted Bonds

On November 24, 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that bondholders and their counsel were not required to exhaust tribal court remedies in a case involving a bond transaction in which the parties expressly consented in the transaction documents to…

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Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions in Agreements with Tribes or Tribal Entities

Over the past few years, federal courts have seen an influx of cases involving challenges to “payday” lending agreements referencing tribal law or courts, and involving Western Sky Financial, LLC and/or related entities or persons. Some of these agreements include an arbitration…

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Washington Court Rules Property Tax Incentive Benefitting Indian Tribes Is Unconstitutional

Agreements for payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs or PILTs) are used frequently by local governments to incentivize private investment in facilities or infrastructure that will provide a public benefit. A recent case in the State of Washington highlights the risk of…

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Tribal Employment Preference Laws

I. Introduction The topic of this paper is tribal employment laws. It is a broad topic. There are over 500 federally recognized tribal nations. According to research, several, possibly most, have employment laws. In addition, several coalitions or agencies provide advice to…

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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Sacred Sites and Traditional Cultural Properties and the Role of Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Download PDF Sacred sites and traditional cultural properties are crucial to the preservation of indigenous peoples’ culture and society, and are increasingly recognized by international and state law and non-governmental entities. This article explores the various legal and non-legal documents addressing sacred…

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Jemez Pueblo’s Aboriginal Title Claims to the Valles Caldera Dismiss; Pueblo Appeals

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IRS Concludes Tribe May Pass on to Lessee Investment Credits Associated with Renewable Energy Asset

The Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) recent non-binding decision that a Tribe could pass on investment credits associated with renewable energy assets to the Tribe’s lessee may encourage future development on tribal lands because the non-tribal developer can benefit from the Tribe’s investment…

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The Pueblo of Sandia’s Leasing Regulations and What Businesses Need to Do to Enter into Leases

The Pueblo of Sandia (“Pueblo”) was the first tribe in New Mexico, and the second in the United States, to receive approval by the Secretary of the Interior for its tribal leasing regulations promulgated under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal…

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