The Federal Lawyer

April 2015

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Current Judicial Profiles
  • Hon. William D. Johnson
    Chief Judge, Umatilla Tribal Court Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation,
    Pendleton, Oregon


Features

40 Years of U.S. Supreme Court Indian Law Cases: The Justices and How They Voted
The list that follows tells you the Indian law cases the Supreme Court decided in the 40 years of the Indian Law Conference, the citation, whether it favors or is adverse to Indian interests, who wrote the majority opinion, and how the other justices voted.
The Human-Rights Era of Federal Indian Law
What is the future of federal Indian law? The rise of modern Indian nations took place over the past 45 years. During the Indian self-determination era since 1970, hard-fought nation-building advances were achieved within the framework of federal Indian law. It is fitting to commemorate those formative years, especially on the 40th anniversary of the FBA’s Annual Indian Law Conference. We cannot reflect on those years without asking: Where do we go from here?
The Invisible Families
Child Welfare and American Indian Active–Duty Service Members and Veterans
Professor Sarah Deer: MacArthur Fellow
Learn about the life of this MacArthur Fellow.
As Long as the Water Shall Flow
Water has enabled tribes to survive for thousands of years. Indeed, the reverence for water and its blessings continue to support and shape the tribal political, social, economic, and cultural climate in Indian communities throughout the United States. Today, water remains vital for tribal self-sufficiency, economic development, and providing security for present and future generations.
The Precarious Sovereign Immunity of Tribal Business Corporations
With increasing frequency, Indian tribes form wholly owned corporations for economic development purposes. Tribes often assume these entities are immune from suit, but they may be wrong.
Suffer No Tyranny
How State-Tribal Relations Might Evolve in the Light of the Supreme Court’s Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian CommunityReluctance to Referee Intergovernmental Disputes
For Native American Attorneys, Groundbreaking NNABA Study Reveals Devastating Lack of Inclusion in the Legal Profession at Large
To raise the visibility of Native American attorneys in the legal profession at large, to effectuate lasting reforms in the legal community, and to help build a better pipeline to law school, the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) conducted the first-of-its-kind study of Native American attorneys.