Recent Decisions In a Tribal Lawsuit That Have Attorneys Worried Over Indian Land Use and Zoning Issues

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Bryan Newland recently wrote an article on Turtle Talk about a case that is under the California Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, hereinafter IGRA. It is a suit seeking to require negotiations for a class II gaming activity on Indian lands controlled by the Big Lagoon Ranchereia, an Indian Tribe. The decision against the Tribe and in favor of the State is what has intrigued us. Continue reading

New Tribal Land Law Regulations

Local taxing regulations in Palm Springs will be seriously affected when a federal regulation that governs tribal land surface rights is changed. The impact will be especially significant in western Coachella Valley where property holdings usually require negotiations between different local governments and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Continue reading

Indian Trust Administration and Reform Report

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, named five Native American Indians to look into the way the Native American’s trust funds are being handled/managed. These funds have almost $4 billion dollars in them. This has all been done because President Obama is committed to ensuring that these trust funds are handled in a responsible manner. Continue reading

Indian tribes are unified under one government, or type of leadership. In America, even though the federal government may not recognize a certain people group, a particular state may officially recognize an Indian group. The process of official group recognition can be challenging. Legislatures and courts often get into the action of determining whether a specific group of Indians can be recognized. If a group is to be officially recognized, the history and control of territory are issues that need to be dealt with. Continue reading

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