Duwamish Tribal leaders and Rep. Jim McDermott will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources this week, seeking federal recognition for the Tribe. The Duwamish Tribe’s ancestral homeland is located in present-day Seattle, which takes its name from the Tribe’s legendary Chief Si’ahl. The Duwamish were signatories toRead More →

As reported in Indian Country Today, the laws of the Navajo Nation are now accessible worldwide through the Internet on Westlaw.  This accessibility was made possible through the coordinated efforts of the Navajo Nation’s Office of Legislative Counsel and West Publishing, which publishes all 26 titles of the Navajo NationRead More →

“She thinks she’s Indian…” She “doesn’t represent the Indian community well…” She’s “a wanna-be Indian…” She’s a “big-boobed white woman” These comments were directed toward a Native American female employee of a health clinic in Oklahoma. Shortly after she filed an EEOC complaint for discrimination, she was fired. While suchRead More →

The Blackfeet Nation has entered into a ground-breaking agreement with neighboring Glacier County for fully reciprocal cross-deputization, a law enforcement pact that both parties called unprecedented. “This is truly a historic document,” Tribal Attorney Sandra Watts told the Blackfeet Business Council. “It goes beyond anything else in the nation. InRead More →

The Indian Law Resource Center has released its annual report highlighting work undertaken to defend the rights of Native American nations and other indigenous peoples in the Americas.  Attorneys and Board Members from the ILRC played a central role in the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,Read More →

The National Indian Gaming Association has asked the Obama administration to replace the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission immediately, and stop the current commission from publishing proposed revisions to gaming regulations until the new official is in place. In a letter to the President, NIGA asserts the Commission violatesRead More →

Foster Pepper PLLC and KeyBank are Co-Sponsors of the huge Native American Economic Development Conference to be held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas September 16-18, 2009.  The far-ranging seminar will cover topics of immense importance to Tribal economies, including: Tribal Leaders Roundtable: The Impact of President Obama’s Administration Economic Development BondsRead More →

The economic downturn is opening some previously-uncharted legal territory – the question of applicability of federal bankruptcy laws and procedures for troubled Tribal enterprises. The Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribal Nation, owner of the massive Foxwoods Resort Casino, is seeking to restructure at least $1.45 billion in debt.  With gaming revenuesRead More →