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 →

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 trustRead More →

The Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement (AIM) has released the following statement in response to President Obama’s recent address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In President Obama’s speech to the United Nations on September 23, 2009, he spoke of a ‘new direction’. TwoRead More →

President Barack Obama will host a Tribal Nations Conference discussing issues of importance to Native Americans on November 5, the White House announced Monday.  Representatives from each the country’s 564 federally recognized tribes will be invited to participate. “I look forward to hearing directly from the leaders in Indian CountryRead More →

In its new report entitled “Voting Rights In Indian Country”, the American Civil Liberties Union states that Native Americans continue to face a a variety of discriminatory election practices, including: at large elections; redistricting plans that diluted Native American voting strength; the failure to comply with one person, one vote;Read More →

In conjunction with the 5 November 2009 Tribal Nations conference, President Obama has issued a White House Memorandum on Tribal Consultation to all executive departments and federal agencies. The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution ofRead More →