Tucked within the voluminous pages of a military spending bill, the Senate has approved a resolution apologizing to Native Americans for years of “ill-conceived policies” and acts of violence by United States citizens. Lawmakers have called the resolution “a symbolic gesture meant to promote a renewed commitment to Tribal communities”. It
In a case with implications for more than twenty Tribes in the Pacific Northwest, the issue of Native American fishing rights and boundaries in the Pacific Ocean has been brought before the federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. In an earlier proceeding, the Court determined that the
Federal Judge Richard Roberts has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 20 descendants of legendary Apache leader Geronimo to recover partial remains they allege were stolen by the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University. Skull and Bones is famous for well-connected members such as both Presidents Bush, and the society’s
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) for a labor contract and collective bargaining on behalf of 2500 of table-game dealers at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The agreement is unique both for its scale – Foxwoods is billed as
The San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona are considered sacred lands by more than a dozen Tribes in the region. Stunningly picturesque, the Peaks are also home to the Arizona Snowbowl – a popular ski resort that attracts thousands of people to its slopes each year. Tourism in sacred Tribal
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Interior is reconsidering a Bush administration policy that limited Tribes from developing off-reservation casinos unless the sites were within “commuting distance” of the reservation. The new policy would eliminate that proximity requirement and allow Tribes to build casinos on trust
A cause of action to recover damages for wrongful death action is a property right belonging to the distributees of the decedent. If someone dies with both surviving children and grandchildren can a wrongful death award be made directly to the decedent’s grandchildren? No, answered the Second Department Tuesday in
Parents Beware – be careful while attending your next little league game or practice. We all know that those participating in athletic activities assume the risks that those activities entail. But what about spectators or bystanders to athletic events? To what extent do they assume the risks of athletic events.