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Upstate Citizens for Equality, Inc. v. United States

The Second Circuit upheld the federal government's 2008 decision to take approximately 13,000 acres of land in central New York into trust on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A district court held that a Native American tribe may file its own complaint as an intervenor in another tribe's challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. The court agreed with the petitioning...

Akiachak Native Community v. United States Department of the Interior

The D.C. Circuit held that Alaska may not block any efforts by the United States to take tribal land into trust within Alaskan state borders. In 1971, the United States settled land claims staked by descendants of Alaskan aboriginal...

United States v. Washington

The Ninth Circuit held that Washington state's management of barrier culverts, which allow streams to flow underneath roads, violated various Native American treaties from the 1850s and ordered the state to correct them. The "Stevens...

Navajo Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior,

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing the Navajo Nation's lawsuit against the National Park Service (NPS) that seeks immediate return of human remains and associated funerary objects taken from its reservation....

Penobscot Nation v. Mills

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment in a dispute between a Native American tribe and the state of Maine concerning the tribe's regulatory jurisdiction and fishing rights along the main...

Citizens for a Better Way v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court, on motions for summary judgment, held that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) complied with NEPA and other statutes when it approved a tribe's application for a proposed gaming facility and hotel fee-to-trust...

Amador County, California v. United States Department of the Interior

The D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a Native American tribe's motion to intervene in a county's lawsuit against DOI challenging its approval of a casino gaming compact between the tribe and the state of...

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a Native American tribe's claim that DOI violated the APA in refusing to approve the tribe’s assignments of land to certain of its members. The tribe submitted the land...

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM did not violate NEPA or FLPMA when it approved the expansion of a gold mine near Nevada's Mount Tenabo. Native American tribes claimed that BLM failed to address mitigation measures specific to...

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