2020 Federal Courts Cases

Last updated: February 26, 2020

Next update should be ready by:
March 4, 2020

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Kehano v. Harrington
2020 WL 869973
No. 20-00071 LEK-RT
United States District Court, D. Hawai'i
February 21, 2020

Legal Topics: Prisoner Civil Rights

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United States of America v. Dorothy A. Two Bulls
2020 WL 729260
No. CIV. 17-5050-JLV
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Western Division.
February 13, 2020

Legal Topics: Housing and Urban Development; Property Law

Spirit Lake Tribe v. Alvin Jaeger
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 625279
No. 1:18-cv-222
United States District Court, D. North Dakota.
February 10, 2020

Legal Topics: Voting Rights; Legal Standing


Gilbert v. Weahkee
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 779460
No. CIV. 19-5045-JLV
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Western Division.
February 18, 2020

Legal Topics: Indian Health Service; Treaty Rights

 

Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. FERC
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 593866
No. 19-1009
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
February 7, 2020

Legal Topics: National Historic Preservation Act; Cultural Resources

United States v. Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington
2020 WL 569868
No. C16-0052JLR
United States District Court, W.D. Washington, at Seattle.
February 5, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

January

Democratic National Committee v. Hobbs
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 416079
No. 18-15845
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
January 27, 2020

*Synopsis: National committee for political party, party's senatorial campaign committee, and state political party brought action against state officials, challenging under federal Constitution and Voting Rights Act (VRA) state's out-of-precinct (OOP) policy requiring that in-person voters cast their ballots in their assigned precinct, and state's criminal statute making it a felony for a third party to collect early ballots from voters. The United States District Court for the District of Arizona, No. 2:16-cv-01065-DLR, Douglas L. Rayes, J., entered judgment after bench trial for state officials. Plaintiffs appealed. The Court of Appeals, Ikuta, Circuit Judge, 904 F.3d 686 affirmed and then, 911 F.3d 942, granted rehearing en banc.

*Holdings: The Court of Appeals, William A. Fletcher, Circuit Judge, held that:
1) Arizona's policy of wholly discarding, rather than counting or partially counting, ballots that were not cast in voters' assigned precinct, and social and historical conditions in Arizona, constituted impermissable vote denial in violation of Sec. 2 of VRA;
2) Arizona statute criminalizing the collection and delivery of another person's ballot, unless the third party was an official engaged in official duties, or was a family member, household member, or caregiver of the voter, constituted impermissable vote denial under "results test" of Sec. 2 of VRA;
3) Plaintiff established that racial discrimination was motivating factor leading to enactment of Arizona statute as required to allege enactment of statute constituted intentional discrimination in violation of Sec. 2 of VRA; and
4) Statute would not have been enacted without racial discrimination as a motivating factor, as required for enactment of statute to constitute intentional discrimination in violation of Sec. 2 of VRA and Fifteenth Amendment.
Reversed and remanded.

Hawkins v. Bernhardt
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 516036
No. 19-1498 (BAH)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
January 31, 2020

Legal Topics: Indian Reserved Water Rights

Janiver v. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 509997
No. 19-cv-62204-BLOOM/Valle
United States District Court, S.D. Florida.
January 31, 2020

Legal Topics: Title VII; Sovereign Immunity

Thurmond v. Forest County Potawatomi Community
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 488864
Case No. 18-cv-1047-pp
United States District Court, E.D. Washington.
January 30, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

United States v. Erickson
2020 WL 438359
No. 3:18-CR-30148-RAL
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Central Division.
January 28, 2020

Legal Topics: Jury Selection

 

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. EPA
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 416079
No. 19-1130
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
January 27, 2020

Legal Topics: Cultural Resources; Trust Relationship

United States v. Cooley
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 399390
No. 17-30022
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
January 24, 2020

Legal Topics: Indian Civil Rights Act

Mann v. Mohr
2020 WL 398532
No. 18-4019
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
January 23, 2020

Legal Topics: Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

JW Gaming Development, LLC v. James
2020 WL 353536
Case No. 3:18-cv-02669-WHO
United States District Court, N.D. California.
January 21, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

 

Little Dog v. Flathead County
2020 WL 339217
No. CV 18-00097-M-JTJ
United States District Court, D. Montana.
January 21, 2020

Legal Topics: American Indian Religious Freedom Act

State of Maine v. Wheeler, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Penobscot Nation
2020 WL 256519
No. 1:14-cv-00264-JDL
United States District Court, D. Maine.
January 16, 2020

Legal Topics: Maine Water Quality Standards

Ysleta Del Sur Peublo v. City of El Paso
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 230888
No. EP-17-CV-00162-DCG
United States District Court, W.D. Texas, El Paso Division.
January 15, 2020

Legal Topics: Tribal Property; Pueblo Lands Act

Cherokee Nation v. Department of the Interior
2020 WL 224486
Case No. 1:19-cv-02154 (TNM)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
January 15, 2020

Legal Topics: Administrative Procedure Act

Dobbs v. Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 206347
No. 19-cv-1289 (SRN/LIB)
United States District Court, D. Minnesota.
January 14, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

 

Landreth v. United States
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 114521
No. 2019-2260
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.
January 10, 2020

Legal Topics: Pro Se Property


United States v. Uintah Valley Shoshone Tribe
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 97964
Nos. 18-4151 and 18-4160
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
January 9, 2020

*Synopsis: United States brought action to enjoin non-federally-recognized Indian tribe and its individual members selling hunting and fishing licenses that authorized members to take wildlife from Indian reservation. On cross-motions for summary judgment, the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Bruce S. Jenkins, Senior District Judge, 2018 WL 4222398, found that tribe lacked authority to issue licenses, but declined to issue permanent injunction. Parties filed cross-appeals.

*Holdings: The Court of Appeals, Tymkovich, Chief Judge, held that:
1) Mixed-blood Utes maintained their individual hunting and fishing rights on Uintah and Ouray Reservation after their membership in Ute Tribe was terminated;
2) Those rights were neither alienable, assignable, transferable, nor descendible;
3) Mixed-blood Utes could not convert their hunting and fishing rights into separate tribal rights;
4) Tribe lacked authority to issue hunting and fishing licenses; and
5) District court did not abuse its discretion in denying permanent injunction.
Affirmed.

Chinook Indian Nation v. Bernhardt
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 128563
No. 3:17-cv-05668-RBL
United States District Court, W.D. Washington, at Tacoma.
January 10, 2020

Legal Topics: Federal Recognition

Native Village of Nuiqsut v. Bureau of Land Management
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 113495
No. 3:19-cv-00056-SLG
United States District Court, D. Alaska.
January 9, 2020

Legal Topics: Land Use

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Bayfield County
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 108672
No. 18-cv-828-wmc
United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin.
January 9, 2020

Legal Topics: Zoning Regulations; Tribal Property

Hengle v. Asner
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 113496
No. 3:19cv250 (DJN)
United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Richmond Division.
January 9, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma v. Bureau of Indian Affairs
2020 WL 91498
No. 16-cv-697-JHP-JFJ
United States District Court, N.D. Oklahoma.
January 8, 2020

Legal Topics: Administrative Procedures Act; Trust Obligations

 

Narragansett Indian Tribe v. Hendrickson
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 65087
No. 1:19-cv-00158-MSM-PAS
United States District Court, D. Rhode Island.
January 7, 2020

Legal Topics: National Historic Preservation Act

Big Horn County Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Big Man
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 42452
No. CV 17-65-BLG-SPW
United States District Court, D. Montana.
January 3, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

Eglise Baptiste Bethanie de Ft. Lauderdale, Inc. v. Seminole Tribe of Florida
Materials via Turtle Talk
2020 WL 43221
No. 19-cv-62591-BLOOM/Valle
United States District Court, S.D. Florida.
January 3, 2020

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity