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Tribal Sovereignty Means Making Decisions for Ourselves. Period.

Posted in Indian Law
On August 21, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the State court has jurisdiction over civil cases arising on Indian reservations between a tribal enterprise and a non-tribal vendor.  In Outsource Serv. Mgmt., LLC v. Nooksack Business Corporation, the Nooksack Business Corporation, and entity of the tribal government, signed an irrevocable limited waiver … Continue Reading

Indian Child Welfare Act

Posted in Indian Law
“Baby Veronica”, “Toddler Paiute”, “Tween Seminole”, “Teen Pawnee” and ICWA.  Lately the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is dominating the news in Indian Country because of the “Baby Veronica” case that was just decided by the Supreme Court.  ICWA was “saved”, but Baby Veronica will likely end up in a non-Native home raised by people who … Continue Reading