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Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group: Collaborating for Policy Solutions

What to do with the nation’s 76,000 tons of nuclear waste may not be on short list of pressing policy issues for everyone. But that issue is on the front burner for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, as well as affected tribes, states and local communities.

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November Is National Native American Month

President Obama has proclaimed named November 2016 as National Native American Month.

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SCOTUS Allows Non-Tribe Members to be Sued in Tribal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians leaves in place the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that in some instances nonmembers of Indian tribes—including state and local governments—can be sued in tribal court for claims of civil wrongdoing.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining Indian Reservation Diminishment

The American legal system is premised on overlapping jurisdiction as the federal, state, and local governments share authority. Adding Indian tribes into the mix complicates matters further as the Supreme Court’s decision in Nebraska v. Parker illustrates.

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Supreme Court to Re-examine Standard for Determining Indian Reservation Diminishment

What happened when land on an Indian reservation was opened to settlers? Did the land lose its reservation status? What if an Indian tribe tries to regulate a city now located on that land?

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