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In Cayuga Indian Nation of New York v. Seneca County, N.Y., 2014 WL 3746795 (2d. Cir. 2014), the Cayuga Indian Nation had refused to pay taxes on land that had been alienated in the early 19th century in violation of the Indian Non-Intercourse Act but reacquired by the nation in the modern era and held in fee simple title. The district court held that, even though the county had the right to impose a property tax on the property, it could not foreclose for non-payment because of the Nation’s sovereign immunity. The Second Circuit affirmed, rejecting the county’s argument that a foreclosure action was in rem (against the property) rather than against the nation: “In Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, [cite omitted], the Supreme Court once again held that tribes retain, as a necessary corollary to Indian sovereignty and self-governance, a common-law immunity from suit. This treatment of tribal sovereign immunity from suit is an avowedly broad principle, and the … [Read more...] about Indian Nations Law Focus – August 2014
Over the past several years, there have been a series of publicized tribal enrollment revocations of enrolled members – including former tribal leaders – and their entire families. While this phenomenon was extremely rare in the past, it is becoming increasingly and disturbingly common.Many in Indian Country openly trace this activity from the date on which the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988 and tribes too often spending large amounts of their casino revenues in per capita payments to tribal members. In some cases, as tribal populations grew, revenue distributions were accordingly reduced to continue payments to all members. In other cases, the economic downturn that dates back to 2007-08 led to reduced casino revenues and, in turn, reduced individual payments. Still, many have linked dollar reductions in per capita payments to the increase in expelling members.These facts are well reported and discussed below in some detail. The casual reader will ask how … [Read more...] about Tribal Membership Revocations: Dialing For Dollars?