Fed up with crimes on Tribal lands that go unpunished in state or federal courts, the Blackfeet Nation has resolved to challenge the legal authority that limits Tribal Court jurisdiction and punishments.  Blackfeet Tribal Resolution No. 98-2009 calls on Montana’s Congressional Delegation to sponsor a bill to allow Tribes to remedyRead More →

In its just-released opinion in Solis v.Matheson, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to Tribal businesses, whether located on-Reservation or not, and that federal enforcement agencies can enter upon Tribal lands and search records to determine compliance. The Solis case involvesRead More →

The Federal Court for the Eastern District of Washington has held that Native American Tribes are exempt from potential liability under 42 U.S.C. Section 9601 et seq., the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). The Court first reviewed the statutory construction of CERCLA and the definitions ofRead More →

The United States government has identified the following Native American and Alaska Native communities to receive $90 million in federal stimulus funds for water and wastewater projects: Alaska – $3,918,750 for the native Village of Buckland for a lift station, sewer and forcemain, serving 105 homes. Arizona – $1.14 million to the San CarlosRead More →

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 →

Foster Pepper PLLC and KeyBank are Co-Sponsors of the huge Native American Economic Development Conference to be held at the Westin 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 EconomicRead More →

Washington State Patrol Officers Seize Marijuana On Reservation The Wall Street Journal reports that Mexican drug gangs are attempting to increase profits and eliminate clashes with border police by growing more marijuana inside the United States – and specifically in remote areas of Native American reservations. In Washington state alone,Read More →