2021 Federal Courts Cases

Last updated: July 28, 2021

Next update should be ready by:
August 4, 2021

Recently Added Cases:

Bedford v. Nowlin
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 3148953
No. 20-7070
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
July 26, 2021

Legal Topics: Quiet Title Act; Trusts; Land Grants

Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe v. Becerra
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 3120766
No. 19-5336
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
July 23, 2021

Legal Topics: Trust Relationship; Health Care

Williams v. Hansen
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 3116955
No. 20-1146
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
July 21, 2021

Legal Topics: Religious Freedom; Free Exercise Clause



Older Cases:

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Spirit Lake Tribe v. Jaeger
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 3008740
No. 20-2142
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.
July 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Attorney Fees; Voting Rights

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2021 WL 3021267
Case No. 14-11349
United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division.
July 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Health Insurance; Medicare-Like Rates; Employee Welfare

Penobscot Nation v. Frey
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2850139
Nos. 16-1424, 16-1435, 16-1474, 16-1482
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
July 8, 2021

Legal Topics: Treaty Rights

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community v. Khouri
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2936439
No. 2:16-cv-121
United States District Court, W.D. Michigan, Northern Division.
July 6, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Taxation; Sovereign Immunity

United States v. Medicine Horse
Case 1:11-cr-00035-SPW
United States District Court, District of Montana, Billings Division.
July 8, 2021

Legal Topics: American Indian Religious Freedom Act; Native American Church - Religious Ceremonies

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2799956
No. 21-5009
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
July 6, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

Ak-Chin Indian Community v. Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2805609
No. CV-20-00489-PHX-JJT
United States District Court, D. Arizona.
July 6, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Water Rights

Fredericks v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2778575
No. 20-cv-2458 (KBJ)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
July 2, 2021

Legal Topics: American Indian Probate Reform Act

The Crow Tribe of Indians v. Repsis
Case No. 92-CV-1002-ABJ
United States District Court, D. Wyoming.
July 1, 2021

Legal Topics: Treaty Rights; Tribal Hunting Rights

June

Deschutes River Alliance v. Portland General Electic Company
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2559477
No. 18-35867, No. 18-35932, No. 18-35933
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
June 23, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Clean Water Act

Butler v. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2651981
Civil No. 20-2332 (DSD/KMM)
United States District Court, D. Minnesota.
June 28, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Wrongful Termination

Lundy v. Balaam
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2556589
Case No. 3:21-cv-00267-MMD-WGC ORDER
United States District Court, D. Nevada.
June 22, 2021

Legal Topics: ICRA Habeas Petition

Big Sandy Rancheria Enterprises v. Bonta
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2448226
No. 19-16777
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
June 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity; Indian Taxation

Backcountry Against Dumps v. Bureau of Indian Affairs
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2433942
No. 20-cv-2343 JLS (DEB)
United States District Court, S.D. California.
June 14, 2021

Legal Topics: Trust Relationship; Cultural Resources

Ohlsen v. United States
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2252270
Nos. 19-2124; 19-2129; 19-2130; 19-2163
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
June 3, 2021

Legal Topics: Federal Tort Claims Act

Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians v. Crosby
2021 WL 2227827
No. 2:15-CV-0538-MCE-DMC
United States District Court, E.D. California.
June 2, 2021

Legal Topics: RICO Act

Kalispel Tribe of Indians v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2197718
No. 19-35808
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
June 1, 2021

Legal Topics: Trust Responsibilities; IGRA

 

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Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. United States
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2159621
No. CV-20-02308-PHX-ROS
United States District Court, D. Arizona.
May 27, 2021

Legal Topics: Bureau of Indian Affairs; 638 Contract

Loring v. Daly
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 2105571
No. CV 19-05133-PHX-JAT (JFM)
United States District Court, D. Arizona.
May 25, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

United States, Osage Minerals Council v. Osage Wind, LLC
2021 WL 2026453
No. 14-CV-704-GKF-JFJ
United States District Court, N.D. Oklahoma.
May 21, 2021

Legal Topics: Wind Turbines; Property Rights

Noem v. Haaland
2021 WL 2014867
No. 3:21-CV-03009-RAL
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Central Division.
May 20, 2021

Legal Topics: National Historic Preservation Act; Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Whitmer
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1976623
No. 19-2070
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
May 18, 2021

Legal Topics: Treaty Rights; Reservation Diminishment

Grondal v. United States
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1962563
No. 2:09-CV-18-RMP
United States District Court, E.D. Washington.
May 17, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Indian Leasing

Loonsfoot v. Brogan
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1940400
Case No. 2:21-cv-89
United States District Court, W.D. Michigan, Northern Division.
May 14, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Exhaustion; Habeas Petition

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation v. United States
2021 WL 1928532
Case No. 4:18-cv-00285-DCN
United States District Court, D. Idaho.
May 13, 2021

Legal Topics: Fee-to-Trust; IGRA

Chicharello v. U.S. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1890044
No. 1:20-cv-01070-MV-JHR
United States District Court, D. New Mexico.
May 11, 2021

Legal Topics: Education

United States v. Haggerty
2021 WL 1827316
No. 20-50203
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
May 7, 2021

Legal Topics: Property Damages; Criminal Jurisdiction

The Klamath Tribes v. Bureau of Reclamation
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1819695
Case No. 1:21-cv-00556-CL
United States District Court, D. Oregon.
May 6, 2021

Legal Topics: Endangered Species Act; Resource Management

State of Kansas v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1784557
Case No. 2:20-cv-02386-HLT-GEB
United States District Court, D. Kansas.
May 5, 2021

Legal Topics: Fee-to-Trust; IGRA

Rabang v. Kelly
2021 WL 1752976
No. 18-35711
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
May 4, 2021

Legal Topics: Disenrollment

Dutchover v. Moapa Band of Paiute Indians
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1738869
Case No. 2:19-cv-01905-KJD-BNW
United States District Court, D. Nevada.
May 3, 2021

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity; Tribal Police

 

April

Navajo Nation v. Department of Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1655885
No. 19-17088
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
April 28, 2021

Legal Topics: Water Rights; Trust Breach

The Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen
2021 WL 1634597
Case No. 20-cv-1999 (APM), Case No. 20-cv-2792 (APM), Case No. 21-cv-0012 (APM)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
April 26, 2021

Legal Topics: CARES Act

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1518379
Civil Action No. 20-757 (JEB)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
April 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Fee-to-Trust; IGRA

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe v. County of Mille Lacs
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1400069
Case No. 17-cv-05155 (SRN/LIB)
United States District Court, D. Minnesota.
April 14, 2021

Legal Topics: Reservation Boundaries; Public Law 280

Ksanka Kupaqa Xa'lcin v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1415255
No. CV 19-20-M-DWM
United States District Court, D. Montana.
April 14, 2021

Legal Topics: Cultural Resources

Brackeen v. Haaland Decision
Brackeen Summary by Kathryn Fort
Brackeen Decision Tree

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. Becerra
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1376986
No. 19-5299
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
April 13, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; IHS

Jackson v. Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Justice Center
2021 WL 1379509
Case No. 4:21-cv-00036-DCN
United States District Court, D. Idaho.
April 12, 2021

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

Hartsell v. Schaaf
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1341381
Cause No. 3:20-CV-505-JD-MGG
United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, South Bend Division.
April 9, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Police; Jurisdiction

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Evers
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1341819
No. 18-cv-992-jdp
United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin.
April 9, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Taxation; Treaty Rights

The Cherokee Nation v. Department of the Interior
2021 WL 1232712
Civil Action No. 19-cv-2154-TNM-ZMF
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
April 1, 2021

Legal Topics: Trust Relationship; Fiduciary Duty

 

March

Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1222118
Case Nos. 2:16-cv-579, 2:16-cv-958
United States District Court, D. Utah.
March 31, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Immunity; Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers

Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians v. Newsom
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1212712
Case No. 1:19-cv-0024 AWI SKO
United States District Court, E.D. California.
March 31, 2021

Legal Topics: IGRA

Miller v. United States
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1152310
No. 19-15122
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
March 26, 2021

Legal Topics: FTCA; Tribal Police

Cherokee Nation v. McKesson Corporation
2021 WL 1181176
No. CIV-18-056-RAW
United States District Court, E.D. Oklahoma.
March 29, 2021

Legal Topics: Opioid Litigations; Civil Conspiracy

Hawkins v. Haaland
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 1044979
No. 20-5074
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
March 19, 2021

Legal Topics: Trust Relationship; Water Rights

Singer v. Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation
2021 WL 1087196
No. CV-19-08171-PCT-DLR
United States District Court, D. Arizona.
March 22, 2021

Legal Topics: OHNIR; Equal Access to Justice Act

Gwitchyaa Zhee Corporation v. Alexander
2021 WL 1061974
No. 4:18-cv-0016-HRH
United States District Court, D. Alaska.
March 18, 2021

Legal Topics: Attorney Fees

Mendenhall v. United States
2021 WL 1032276
Case No. 3:20-cv-00156-SLG
United States District Court, D. Alaska.
March 17, 2021

Legal Topics: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; FTCA

Doucette v. Department of the Interior
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 915378
No. 19-35743, 20-35269
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
March 10, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Elections; Jurisdiction

Weaver v. Gregory
2021 WL 1010947
No. 3:20-cv-0783-HZ
United States District Court, D. Oregon.
March 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Waiver of Sovereign Immunity; Tribal Law; Jurisdiction

Navajo Health Foundation - Sage Memorial Hospital, Inc. v. Razaghi Development Company, LLC
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 961746
No. 2:19-cv-00329-GMN-EJY
United States District Court, D. Nevada.
March 15, 2021

Legal Topics: RICO; Fraud; Health Care

Muscogee (Creek) Nation v. Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 961743
Civil Action No. 2:12cv1079-MHT
United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division.
March 15, 2021

Legal Topics: Cultural Resources; Sovereign Immunity; NAGPRA

Swiger v. Rosette
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 821396
No. 19-2470
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
March 4, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Sovereign Lending

 

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Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association, Inc. v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 733081
Nos. 19-1661, 19-1857, 19-1729,19-1922
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
February 25, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Gaming; Fee-to-Trust; Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1987

Big Horn County Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Big Man
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 754143
CV 17-65-BLG-SPW
United States District Court, D. Montana.
February 26, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers

Picard v. Colville Tribal Correctional Facility
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 768137
No. 2:20-cv-0427-TOR
United States District Court, E.D. Washington.
February 26, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Civil Rights Act; Tribal Law and Order Act

Newtok Village v. Patrick
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 735644
No. 4:15-cv-00009 RRB
United States District Court, D. Alaska.
February 25, 2021

Legal Topics: Leadership Dispute; Tribal Elections; Trust Relationship

Seneca Nation of Indians v. New York
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 667557
No. 19-4022
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
February 22, 2021

Legal Topics: IGRA; Revenue Sharing

United States v. Murphy
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 646799
No. CR-20-78-RAW
United States District Court, E.D. Oklahoma.
February 18, 2021

Legal Topics: Jurisdiction; Statute of Limitations

Shopbell v. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 633636
No. 2:18-cv-1758
United States District Court, W.D. Washington.
February 18, 2021

Legal Topics: Treaty Rights; Qualified Immunity; Civil Rights

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa v. Wheeler
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 603754
Case No. 19-CV-2489 (PJS/LIB)
United States District Court, D. Minnesota.
February 16, 2021

Legal Topics: Clean Water Act; Cultural Resources

Apache Stronghold v. United States
2021 WL 535525
No. CV-21-00050-PHX-SPL
United States District Court, D. Arizona.
February 12, 2021

Legal Topics: Sacred Sites; Oak Flat/Chi-chil Bildagoteel

Allegany Capital Enteprises, LLC v. Cox
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 534803
19-CV-160S
United States District Court, W.D. New York.
February 12, 2021

Legal Topics: Tribal Corporate Entities; Sovereign Immunity

Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, LTD. v. Boughton
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 416414
No. 20-1044-cv
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
February 8, 2021

Legal Topics: Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Complementrary Act

Jumping Eagle v. Warren
2021 WL 462644
CIV 18-4131
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Southern Division.
February 9, 2021

Legal Topics: ICWA

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. US Army Corps of Engineers
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 430054
Civil Action No. 20-3817
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
February 7, 2021

Legal Topics: NEPA; CWA; Enbridge Line 3

 

January


United States v. Hump
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 274436
3:19-CV-03020-RAL
United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Central Division.
January 27, 2021

Legal Topics: Indian Loan Guarentee and Insurance Program

Berry v. Whitten
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 262560
No. 20-CV-0668-CVE-JFJ
United States District Court, N.D. Oklahoma.
January 26, 2021

Legal Topics: Jurisdiction

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers
2021 WL 244862
No. 20-5197
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
January 26, 2021

Legal Topics: Dakota Access Pipeline

United States v. Fowler
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 243150
CR-20-30-GF-BMM
United States District Court, D. Montana.
January 25, 2021

Legal Topics: Jurisdiction

Hardwick v. United States
2021 WL 242882
No. 79-cv-01710-EMC
United States District Court, N.D. California.
January 25, 2021

Legal Topics: Land Into Trust

Chinook Indian Nation v. Zinke
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 211534
Case No. C17-5668 MJP
United States District Court, W.D. Washington.
January 21, 2021

Legal Topics: Federal Recognition

Grondal v. United States
2021 WL 183408
No. 2:09-cv-18-RMP
United States District Court, E.D. Washington.
January 19, 2021

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity

Deerleader v. Crow
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 150014
No. 20-cv-0172-JED-CDL
United States District Court, N.D. Oklahoma.
January 15, 2021

Legal Topics: Habeas Corpus

United States v. Smith
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 136126
No. 3:16-cr-00436-JO
United States District Court, D. Oregon.
January 13, 2021

Legal Topics: Assimilative Crimes Act; Indian Country Crimes Act

United States v. Earth
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 79180
No. 19-1555
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.
January 11, 2021

Legal Topics: Major Crimes Act

Pit River Tribe v. Bureau of Land Management
2021 WL 107228
No. 2:19-cv-02483-JAM-AC
United States District Court, E.D. California.
January 12, 2021

Legal Topics: Administrative Procedure Act

United States v. Osage Wind, LLC
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 83408
No. 14-CV-704-GKF-JFJ
United States District Court, N.D. Oklahoma.
January 11, 2021

Legal Topics: Osage Minerals Council

Red Lake Band of Chippewa v. United States Army Corps of Engineers
2021 WL 75744
Civil Action No. 20-3817 (CKK)
United States District Court, District of Columbia.
January 9, 2021

Legal Topics: National Environmental Policy Act; Clean Water Act

Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 28207
No. 20-5286
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit,
January 5, 2021

Legal Topics: CARES Act

Nguyen v. Cache Creek Casino Resort
Materials via Turtle Talk
2021 WL 22434
No. 2:20-cv-1748-TLN-KJN PS
United States District Court, E.D. California.
January 4, 2021

Legal Topics: Sovereign Immunity; Tribal Torts