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Volume 19 of the Tribal Law Journal

We are pleased to introduce the publication of Volume 19 of the Tribal Law Journal. This volume features articles from Honorable Robert Yazzie of the Navajo Nation, Professor David Wilkins of the Lumbee Nation, and outgoing Co-Editor-in-Chief Anne Bruno. View our Journal here.

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Creative Heroes

Look … in the sky … it’s a bird … it’s a plane … No, It’s … It’s an Indigenous Community! Dezbah Rose Adornment, Art, CosplayKirk & Nick Tom Welding & CosplaySage Cornelius Musician Albuquerque, NM - Indigi Pop X (IPX), the Southwest’s own creative community is giving answers to some of the Native world’s... Continue Reading →

Case Note: Nouri v. Crownpoint Family Court

Introduction Nouri v. Crownpoint Family Court involves a private custody matter of an enrolled Navajo child living away from the Navajo Nation lands.[1] This case demonstrates the fundamental Navajo principles of Diné bi beenahaz'áanii as they apply to the jurisdictional laws of Navajo courts over tribal children. In this case, the Supreme Court of the... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Peoples Day at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

 October 14, 2019 - Albuquerque, New Mexico As New Mexico commemorated the first state-wide celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, participated by hosting a celebration alongside the Rio Grande River. Rosie Thunderchief (Navajo/Diné, Pawnee, Arapaho, Ho-Chunk, Lakota and current Ancestral Lands Tribal VISTA) organized the celebration in partnership with... Continue Reading →

Case Note: Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Duncan

Case Note: Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Duncan Issue             This case note analyzes two related issues addressed in Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Duncan: 1. Does an otherwise enforceable arbitration agreement become unenforceable under Navajo Nation law if it violates Navajo Nation public policy?[1] 2. When does an arbitration clause violate Navajo public policy?... Continue Reading →

Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Native American Issues Convenes in New Mexico

Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Native American Issues Convenes in New Mexico Last month, the District of New Mexico United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) hosted approximately sixty (60) United States Attorneys (USAs), Tribal Liaisons, and other law enforcement personnel for a meeting of the Native American Issues Subcommittee (NAIS) of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.[1]... Continue Reading →

Case Note: United States v. Sterling Islands, Inc.

Case Note: United States v. Sterling Islands, Inc.[1] Introduction:             On May 20, 2019, the Honorable Judge James O. Browning of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, issued a notable Memorandum Opinion and Order in the case of United States v. Sterling Islands.[2]  The Opinion expands the list of criminal... Continue Reading →

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