“It is simply unfair…”  Rep. David Dank Assailing what he calls “special privileges that give (Native Americans) unique advantages” and declaring “It’s time for our Legislature to restore sanity to Oklahoma’s dealings with the Tribes”, Oklahoma state Representative David Dank has introduced three bills before the state Congress: 1) aRead More →

The exterior boundaries of Tribal reservations are usually fairly well defined, and provide a delineation for when one is leaving state land and entering “Indian Country”. However, the ownership and control of land within the bounds of the reservation is often far less clear. Through previous federal policies such asRead More →

Banished Snoqualmie Tribe Members at Seattle’s Federal Courthouse “It’s just like death”  “We were treated like criminals”  “It’s ripping a big family apart” These comments from Linda Sweet-Baxter, Carolyn Lubenau, and Anita Christansen arose from a recent court hearing on the banishment orders issued by the Snoqualmie Tribe, affecting nineRead 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 caseRead More →

On Friday, May 8, 2009, the Washington State Bar Association’s Indian Law Section will hold its 21st Annual Conference and continuing legal education seminar in Seattle. Co-hosted by the law firm of Foster Pepper PLLC, the day-long program will cover cutting-edge legal issues affecting Native American communities, including: Federal TribalRead More →

Inmates in Washington state’s prisons can attend Catholic Mass, take Protestant communion or celebrate Muslim Eid, but Native Americans often struggle to find ways to practice their beliefs while incarcerated. For Native religions based in nature, bars and razor wire can be insurmountable hurdles. A group of young adults throughRead More →

In nearly every jurisdiction throughout the United States, local governments derive a significant portion of their operating revenue from property taxes. The money land owners pay in property taxes goes to fund basic infrastructure such as roads and schools and services such as police and fire protection. There is howeverRead 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 →