Legal Affairs

From the earliest days of this nation, the legal system has had a major effect on the nation’s tribes. It was a legal case, California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (1987), that affirmed the right of tribal governments to conduct gaming on their own lands.

CNIGA monitors relevant court cases important to tribes. Below are links to court cases affecting tribal gaming.

Legal Documents

Pauma v. NLRA

Ninth Circuit Opinion

April 26, 2018

Casino Pauma v. USA & Unite HERE

CNIGA Amicus Brief

November 7, 2016

Amador County v. Department of Interior

March 16, 2016

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Government vs. National Labor Relations Board

On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

March 7, 2016

Soaring Eagle Casino v. NLRB

CNIGA Amicus Brief

March 1, 2016

State of CA v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

December 12, 2014

Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

May 27, 2014

Pauma v. State of California

Order Directing Entry of Judgment

December 2, 2013

California v. Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

March 18, 2013

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak

June 18, 2012

Wells Fargo v. Lake of the Torches EDC

September 6, 2011

Alturas v. CGCC

August 10, 2011

Yavapai-Apache Nation v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

Curiae Brief in Support of Respondent lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel; Amicus Curiae Brief

June 15, 2011

Big Lagoon Rancheria vs. State of California

Order Regarding Mediator Selections of Appropriate Compact

November 22, 2010

Big Lagoon v. State of California

July 1, 2010

Rincon v. Arnold Schwarzenegger

9th Circuit

April 20, 2010

San Pasqual v. State of CA et al

March 29, 2010

Colusa/Picayune v. CGCC

CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief

December 23, 2009

VGT v. Bureau of Gambling Control

Motion to Withdraw

January 14, 2008

San Pasqual v. CGCC

CNIGA Request for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief

January 22, 2007

San Pasqual v. State of California Gambling Control Commission

CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief

January 22, 2007

Colorado River Indian Tribe v. National Indian Gaming Commission

October 20, 2006

Campo Band of Mission Indians v. Superior Court of San Diego County

May 1, 2006

Santa Rosa Rancheria et al v. NIGC

CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief

July 28, 2005

Cabazon v. Larry Smith et al

November 3, 2004

Agua Caliente v. FPPC

Supreme Court of CA Order Granting Review

June 23, 2004

US v. Lara

April 19, 2004

United States v. Lara

January 21, 2004

Artichoke Joe’s et al v. Gale Norton et al

9th Circuit Opinion

December 22, 2003

El Dorado County v. Gail Norton

October 29, 2003

Scott’s Valley v. USA

October 27, 2003

Coyote Valley, et al v. State of California

June 11, 2003

United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe

March 4, 2003

United States v. Navajo Nation

March 4, 2003

US v. White Mountain Apache

March 4, 2003

City of Roseville v. Gail Norton

September 11, 2002

Chickasaw Nation v. United States

November 27, 2001

Chickasaw Nation v. US

November 27, 2001

Artichoke Joe’s et al v. Gale Norton et al

CNIGA Amicus Brief

October 19, 2001

Western Telcon v. CA State Lottery

June 27, 1996

California v. Cabazon

February 25, 1987