Representative Litigation

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United States Supreme Court:

Hemi Group LLC and Kai Gachupin v. City of New York (U.S. Sup. Ct.)
(RICO and tax issues arising from on-reservation sales over the internet)

United States v. Dann (U.S. Sup. Ct.)
(defense of Western Shoshone aboriginal Indian title and the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley)

Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co. v. Pueblo of Santa Ana (U.S. Sup. Ct.)
(right of way trespass and 1924 Pueblo Lands Act)

Federal Courts of Appeals:

City of New York v. Smoke-Spirits.com, Inc. (consolidated) (2d Cir. Ct. App.)
(on-reservation sales over the internet)

Hemi Group LLC v. State of Illinois, (7th Cir. Ct. App.)
(on-reservation sales over the internet)

McCurdy v. Steele (10th Cir. Ct. App.)
(tribal election dispute)

Tewa Tesuque v. Morton (10th Cir. Ct. App.)
(tribal land leasing dispute)

United States v. Imperial Irrigation District (9th Cir. Ct. App.)
(reservation flooding trespass)

Weahkee v. Norton (10th Cir. Ct. App.)
(racial discrimination against Native Americans by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas (5th Cir. Ct. App.)
(tribal sovereignty in connection with civil contempt order)

Federal District Courts, Court of Claims, Claims Court,
and Court of Federal Claims:

Harjo v. Kleppe (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. D.C.)
(declaratory and injunctive relief against Interior Department in tribal government matters)

Lewis v. Weinberger (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. N.M.)
(challenge to policy and practice of the Indian Health Service of denying contract medical care to off-reservation Indians)

Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony v. City of Los Angeles (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Cal.)
(recovery of tribal lands)

Peratrovich, et al. v. United States (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Alaska)
(action to enforce Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act subsistence priority for marine water resources)

Pueblo of Santo Domingo v. United States (U.S. Ct. Cl.)
(land claim before the United States Indian Claims Commission)

Soboba Band of Mission Indians v. United States (U.S. Cls. Ct.)
(trespass damages claim before the United States Indian Claims Commission for unlawful non-Indian appropriation of reservation water supplies)

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal.)
(trespass to reservation water rights)

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. United States (U.S. Ct. Fed. Cl.)
(damages claim for mismanagement of tribal trust assets)

State of Illinois v. Hemi Group (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ill.)
(on-reservation sales over the internet)

State of Texas v. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (U.S. Dist. Ct. W.D. Tex.)
(matters related to injunction on gaming activities)

Torres Martinez v. Imperial Irrigation District (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Cal.)
(reservation flooding trespass)

United States v. Tucson (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ariz.) and Alvarez v. Tucson (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ariz.)
(adjudication of surface and groundwater rights, allottee water rights, mining lease violations and environmental damage)

Whiskers v. United States (U.S. Dist. Ct. Utah)
(claim for damages for breach of trust for failure to distribute United States Indian Claims Commission judgment funds to beneficiaries)

Western Shoshone Identifiable Group v. United States (U.S. Ct. Fed. Cl.)
(claim for damages for breach of trust for mismanagement of trust funds)

Yanito v. Barber (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Utah)
(unlawful discrimination against Native American candidates for county commission)

State Courts:

California Parking Services, Inc. v. Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (Ct. App. Ca. 4th App. Dist., Div. II)
(tribal sovereign immunity)

City of New York v. Smoke-Spirits.com, Inc. (Ct. App. N.Y )
(challenge to application of state public health and consumer protection laws to on reservation sales)

Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd. v. State of New Mexico ex rel. New Mexico Office of the Attorney General (N.M 1st Jud. Dist. Ct.)
(limits on state regulation of retail sales on reservations and Indian nation-to-nation commerce)

In re the General Adjudication of the Gila River (Ariz. Maricopa County Sup. Ct.)
(quantification of Indian water rights)

Munoz v. Jackson (N.M 1st Jud. Dist. Ct.)
(defense of challenge to inclusion of Native American on primary ballot)

Oldham v. Oldham (N.M. S. Ct.)
(complex statutory construction harmonizing family law and probate)

Republican Party of New Mexico v. New Mexico Taxation and Revenue (amicus) (N.M. S. Ct.)(open government)

State of Oregon v. Hemi Group (Or. Circ. Ct., Marion County)
(on reservation sales over the internet)

Toomey v. City of Truth or Consequences (amicus) (N.M. S. Ct.)
(open government)

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