June 22, 2017

The Interior Improvement Act -Land in Trust Legislation

On July 29, 2015, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced S. 1879, the Interior Improvement Act. The bill is essentially a legislative fix to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. 379 (2009). Carcieri held that the term “now under federal jurisdiction” in the Indian Reorganization Act (“IRA”) constrained the ability of...
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Lewis v. Clarke Ruling Creates Uncertainty for Tribal Employees

By Karrie Wichtman On April 25, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Lewis v. Clarke, which will likely lead to further litigation for Indian tribes in defense of their tribal employees. The case stems from a traffic accident in Connecticut when William Clarke, an employee of the Mohegan Sun Casino–owned by the...
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Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in the case of Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The outcome of this case, which deals primarily with the scope of tribal court jurisdiction, may have profound impacts regarding tribal sovereignty. Background The facts giving rise to the underlying dispute are as follows: Dollar...
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