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Native American Law
In the Matter of the Adoption of G.D.J.

¶1 The Petitioners/Appellees, Teryl Pearson and Robert Pearson (Pearsons) petitioned to adopt Teryl Pearson's (Pearson) grandson, G.D.J. (FA 2008-24, Jackson County, Oklahoma) by filing a Petition for Adoption, and an Application to Adjudicate Minor Eligible for Adoption Without Consent of the Natural Mother. The natural mother, Tessia Bre Stubbs (Stubbs), Respondent/Appellant, contested the adop... More...   $0 (09-27-2011 - )

Christopher Yancey v. Timothy Thomas

Christopher Yancey filed an action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma contending that Oklahoma state-court rulings terminating his parental rights over his Indian child were invalid under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901-1963. The district court dismissed his action, determining that either federal abstention was mandated, or the action... More...   $0 (09-20-2011 - OK)

Southern Ute Indian Tribe v. Katherleen Sebelius

This is the second appeal in litigation arising from the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) decision not to enter into a self-determination contract with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (“Tribe”). In an initial order, the district court ruled that HHS’s decision was unlawful, granted summary judgment to the Tribe, and directed the parties to prepare a proposed order for inju... More...   $0 (09-19-2011 - NM)

U.S. ex rel. Wright v. Chevron USA, Inc. et al.

BP Amoco Corp. (formerly Amoco Corp.), Amoco Production Company, BP Exploration & Oil Inc., BP America Inc., Atlantic Richfield Company and Vastar (the BP defendants) have agreed to pay the United States $20.5 million to resolve claims that the companies violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and Indian leases, the Justice Departm... More...   $20500000 (09-16-2011 - DC)

Hilda L. Solis v. State of Washington

The Secretary of Labor1 has filed a complaint against the State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”), alleging that DSHS has failed to pay overtime compensation to certain social workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. (“FLSA”). The district court granted summary judgment in favor of DSHS, concluding th... More...   $0 (09-09-2011 - WA)

Fond Du Lac Band v. Myron Frans

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (“Band”) sued the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue to prevent taxation of the out-of-state pension income of Band members. The Band advances two arguments against the taxation: due process and preemption. The district court2 ruled for the Commissioner. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court affirms.

The f... More...
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Maria C. Willits v. Job Service North Dakota of Richland County

[¶1] Maria Willits appeals from a judgment affirming a decision of Job Service North Dakota denying her application for unemployment benefits after Job Service found she voluntarily left her employment without showing good cause attributable to her employer. We affirm, concluding a reasoning mind reasonably could have determined that Willits did not make a reasonable effort to preserve her employ... More...   $0 (07-13-2011 - ND)

Jerry R. Dilliner v. Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma

¶1 The question before us is whether the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma expressly and unequivocally waived its sovereign immunity with respect to certain employment contracts entered into with tribal employees. The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma (Tribe) is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Tribe has a Constitution and By-Laws. The Tribe also was issued a corporate charter by the Secretar... More...   $0 (06-28-2011 - OK)

David Torgerson v. City of Rochester

David Jaye Torgerson and Jami Kay Mundell challenge the City of Rochester, Minnesota’s decision not to hire them as firefighters. Torgerson, a Native American, alleges disparate-treatment discrimination based on national origin. Mundell, a female, alleges disparate-treatment discrimination based on gender. They claim that the City violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §... More...   $0 (06-01-2011 - MN)

Ramah Navajo Chapter v. Kenneth Salazar

We are faced with an apparent contradiction. Pursuant to the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act (“ISDA”), the United States enters into self determination contracts with Indian tribes and tribal organizations “for the planning, conduct and administration of programs or services which are otherwise provided to Indian tribes and their members pursuant to Federal law.” 25... More...   $0 (05-09-2011 - NM)

Richard Laughter v. Gallup Indian Medical Center

This is an appeal from the dismissal of a complaint alleging discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. The district court dismissed the complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. We take jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and AFFIRM.


The following facts are not in dispute and are taken from the district ... More...
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Maria M. Gonzalez v. State of Arizona

Proposition 200 requires prospective voters in Arizona to present documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote, Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 16-152, 16-166, and requires registered voters to present proof of identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls, Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 16-159. This appeal raises the questions whether Proposition 200 violates the Voting Rights Act § 2, 42 U.... More...   $0 (10-29-2010 - )

H.B. Rowe Company v. W. Lyndo Tippett

This case arises from the attempt by the people of North Carolina and their elected representatives to end racial and gender-based discrimination in state highway construction subcontracting. The State’s statutory scheme—the product of extensive study and refinement in response to developments in federal law—requires prime contractors to engage in good faith efforts to satisfy participation ... More...   $0 (07-22-2010 - NC)

State ex rel. Edmondson v. Native Wholesale Supply

¶1 This appeal presents two dispositive issues for the court's resolution: (1) Is an Oklahoma court a constitutionally sanctioned forum for the exercise of personal jurisdiction to adjudicate an alleged violation of a state statute by Native Wholesale Supply, a nonresident corporation that claims to have no minimum contacts with Oklahoma? and (2) Does federal law bar Oklahoma from enforcing the C... More...   $0 (07-06-2010 - OK)

State of Oklahoma ex rel. W.A. "Drew" Edmondson v. Native Wholesale Supply

¶1 This appeal presents two dispositive issues for the court's resolution: (1) Is an Oklahoma court a constitutionally sanctioned forum for the exercise of personal jurisdiction to adjudicate an alleged violation of a state statute by Native Wholesale Supply, a nonresident corporation that claims to have no minimum contacts with Oklahoma? and (2) Does federal law bar Oklahoma from enforcing the C... More...   $0 (07-06-2010 - OK)

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone of Nevada v. United States Department of the Interior, et al.

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone of Nevada, a federally-recognized Indian tribe (“the Tribe”), the Western Shoshone Defense Project (“WSDP”),1 and Great Basin Mine Watch (“GBMW”)2 (collectively,“Plaintiffs”) appeal the district court’s denial of their motion for summary judgment, and the grant of summary judgment to the Department of the Interior (“DOI”), the Bureau of Land ... More...   $0 (06-18-2010 - NV)

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

In 2004, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (“Kraus-Anderson”) sued the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida (the “Tribe”) for breach of contract in the Miccosukee Tribal Court. The Tribe denied liability and counterclaimed, alleging that Kraus-Anderson was the breaching party. Following a trial on the merits, the Tribal Court denied Kraus-Anderson’s claims and, finding for the Tribe ... More...   $0 (05-29-2010 - FL)

Robert Leonard v. Eastern Illinois University

Robert Leonard, a Native American, worked at Eastern Illinois University (“EIU”) for nearly twenty years, during which time EIU passed him over for several promotions. Believing that the most recent denied promotion was motivated by anti-Native American bias, Leonard sued EIU under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-1 - 2000e-17.

The district court granted s... More...
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David M. Rodriguez, et al. v. Maricopa County College District, et al.

We consider the interplay between the First Amendment and the right to be free of workplace harassment on the basis of protected status.


Professor Walter Kehowski sent three racially-charged emails over a distribution list maintained by the Maricopa County Community College District, where he teaches math. Every district employee with an email address received a copy. Plaintiff... More...
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Theodore L. Hansen v. PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero), TBK

Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), a foreign state is immune from suit in American courts unless a statutory exception to immunity applies. In this appeal, the primary dispute is whether defendant-appellant PT. Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) TBK (“BNI”) or any of its officers or employees in fact generated financial instruments assigned to plaintiffs-appellees Theodore H... More...   $0 (04-13-2010 - UT)

Elvin Ross, Sr. v. The Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico

In this case, the plaintiffs appeal the district court’s grant of summary judgment on various state and federal claims arising from an autopsy conducted by state officials. Because we believe the plaintiffs’ claims fail as a matter of law, we affirm the district court’s decision.


On July 6, 2005, Elvin Ross, Jr., (“the decedent”) a San Carlos Apache of one-ha... More...
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The City of New York v. Golden Feather Smoke Shop, Inc.

Defendants-appellants Monique’s Smoke Shop et al. appeal from the August 25, 2009 grant of a preliminary injunction to the City of New York (the “City”) by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Amon, J.), enjoining the sale of untaxed cigarettes other than to members of the Unkechauge Nation for their personal use.

The district court determined firs... More...
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Korey Gray v. Bernard Brady

Korey Gray appeals the district court’s denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus from his state-court convictions for distributing cocaine and for doing so in a public park. The appeal presents a single issue: whether the state courts violated Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), and its progeny, Hernandez v. New York, 500 U.S. 352 (1991), and Powers v. Ohio, 499 U.S. 400 (1991), by... More...   $0 (01-25-2010 - MA)

South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone of Nevada v. United States Department of the Interior

This is an appeal from the denial of a preliminary injunction in an environmental challenge to a major gold mining project on the side of Mt. Tenabo in Nevada. The mountain has religious significance for Indian tribes. The plaintiffs-appellants are the South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone of Nevada, and other tribes and organizations (“the Tribes”). The Tribes originally filed this acti... More...   $0 (12-04-2009 - NV)

Jose Merced, President Templo Yoruba Omo Orisha Texas, Inc. v. Kurt Kasson; Mike Collins; Bob Freeman; City of Euless

The Texas Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (TRFRA), Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code ch. 110, prevents the state and local Texas governments from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government can demonstrate that doing so furthers a compelling governmental interest in the least restrictive manner. In this case, we must decide if the city of Euless, Texas, may... More...   $0 (07-31-2009 - TX)

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