Tribal Business Questions OSHA Jurisdiction

Tribal Business Questions OSHA Jurisdiction

 

Red Lake Nation Fisheries, Inc. is a business owned and operated by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe located in Minnesota. All shares of the tribal enterprise are owned by the Red Lake Tribal Council for the benefit of the Red Lake Band and its members. Red Lake Nation Fisheries sells wild fish it catches from the waters located within the tribe’s reservation boundaries and only employs members of the Red Lake Band.  On November 4th, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Labor filed a Petition for Review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Prevail Against FMC

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Prevail Against FMC

Twenty-two million tons of radioactive and carcinogenic hazardous waste were generated and stored on the Shoshone Bannock Reservation by the FMC Corporation's (FMC) phosphorus plant operating there from 1949 to 2001. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared FMC’s plant and storage area a Superfund Site.

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FCC Announces When 2.5 GHz Window Opens For Tribes

FCC Announces When 2.5 GHz Window Opens For Tribes

It was good news for Indian Country today as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that a six month window will open, starting in February, 2020, to allow some eligible, rural Tribes the opportunity to obtain for free unused 2.5 GHz broadband spectrum on their reservations as long as they agree to build out a telecommunications' systems within five years.

SBA Issues Proposed Changes to Mentor Protege Program

SBA Issues Proposed Changes to Mentor Protege Program

President Trump wasted no time in issuing executive orders. His first executive order was on the same day he was inaugurated. Ten days later, President Trump issued Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” designed to reduce regulations as well as the costs associated with them.

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House Hearing on Native 8(a) Contracting: Emerging Issues

House Hearing on Native 8(a) Contracting: Emerging Issues

Fueled by Los Angeles Times reporting on “fake” Indians reaping millions of dollars of contracts set aside for minority contractors, the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Native 8(a) program was the focus of an October 22, 2019 hearing before the House Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Small Business.

Late Breaking Updates

Late Breaking Updates

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for funding from the Dept. of Energy Tribal Energy Program to kick -start that renewable energy project on your reservation. Here is a link to the funding announcement called “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands - 2020."  If we can assist with your application or reaching your energy goals, please let us know. Proposals are due by Feb. 6, 2020.

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Yakama Nation

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Yakama Nation

The U.S. Supreme Court decided a case in March of this year regarding a conflict between treaty rights and state taxes. An 1855 treaty between the United Sates and the Yakama Nation forbid the State of Washington from imposing a tax on fuel importers. Cougar Den., a wholesale fuel importer owned by a member of the Yakama Nation, argued the state’s requirement to pay the tax infringed the Yakamas’ reserved treaty "right, in common with citizens of the United States, to travel upon all public highways.”

Supreme Court Decides Case Upholding Indian Treaty Rights

Supreme Court Decides Case Upholding Indian Treaty Rights

A 2014 hunting expedition by members of the Crow Tribe in Montana has led to a Supreme Court decision impacting federal land management and Indian treaty rights. Clayvin Herrera and other Crow tribal members pursued elk they were hunting in Montana  into the neighboring Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. They shot a bull elk and returned to Montana with their prized meat. The State of Wyoming charged Mr. Herrera with taking elk off-season or without a state hunting license and for being an accessory to both.

Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide

Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide

The vast Tribal Digital Divide was the focus of a recent Senate Indian Affairs hearing on a newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, GAO 19-75, regarding the lack of broadband access in Indian Country. The GAO study and report was requested by Senators on the Committee with large Native constituencies in their districts. The hearing focused on the lack of access to licensed spectrum broadband across tribal lands. One of the findings was that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) relies on insufficient data about Indian Country, which the FCC says it is trying to

National Tribal Energy Summit Concludes With New Funding Announcement

National Tribal Energy Summit Concludes With New Funding Announcement

The urgency of energy independence has long been recognized as an important goal by the United State's military branches. Southern Ute Tribal member, Kevin Frost, who now heads up the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, shares that same sense of urgency. Frost, formally trained as an attorney, is now a dedicated public servant who initially served his people as an elected council member but has now sacrificed the grandeur of Colorado for the halls of DOE.