An Anchorage-based Indian law specialist says the decision still marks a major change that turns long-held principles of Indian law upside down.
Anchorage-based lawyer Lloyd Miller represented 120 tribes involved in the lawsuit, and he calls the litigation and outcome historic.
For the tribes, it’s about guarding their sovereignty as governments.
The Violence Against Women Act bill goes next to the Senate, where Democratic leaders say they’re eager to pass it.
State regulators will fine some Alaska Native corporation shareholders over their criticism on social media. That’s because free speech is not protected when it comes to corporate elections.
Native American rights attorney Lael Echo-Hawk said tribal land in or near urban areas will be more contentious to take into trust because municipalities may lose property taxes.
They say the state’s position in the case Tununuk v. the state of Alaska erects barriers between tribal children and tribal homes.