The seven Tribal members who make up the Tulalip Elder Court have been honored by the Washington State Bar Association with its Local Hero Award. The award recognizes the Court’s effective work in reducing recidivism in young offenders, and its focus on cultural and spiritual integration in the legal system.
A class-action suit regarding mismanagement of lands affecting 500,000 Native Americans recently got a boost, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled in the Cobell litigation that the federal government must provide an accounting for land royalties owed to individual plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed 13
Youth advocacy and policy experts recently announced a study that shows Native American children are not only three times more likely to be placed in the foster care system but also fare much worse than other children nationally. The phrase “fare worse” refers to reports that show that children of color are treated more poorly than
A typical Borrower at Closing: I’m being charged $100 for a “document preparation fee.” What the @#%^!$ is a “document preparation fee.” I was never told about that! One can easily imagine such statements being made at many real estate closings. I myself remember my first closing on a mortgage
The U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2005 decision in Kelo v New London (545 US 469) greatly expanded the government’s power of eminent domain by holding that the government could transfer land from one private owner to another to further economic development. The Supreme Court held that a municipality’s taking of
More and more public records are being made available online. This is a generally a good development. After all, who wants to trudge on down to the County Clerk’s Office and deal with the clerk or the microfiche reader. Various commercial enterprises are seeking to put this public data online