MSJ Cases

Here are some published cases handled by members of the firm:

United States Supreme Court

Arizona v. California, 8 Orig. (2000) (tribal water rights not lost in settlement of land claim for portion of reservation).

Washington v. Passenger Fishing Vessel Ass'n, 443 U.S. 658 (1979) (a landmark ruling upholding Judge Boldt's interpretation of treaties reserving a fair share of off-reservation fish harvests in Washington and Oregon).

Antoine v. Washington, 420 U.S. 194 (1975) (a major opinion on the canons of construction that must be used in interpreting hunting and fishing rights in off-reservation ceded areas).

Washington v. Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, 447 U.S. 134 (1980)(tribes retain inherent power to tax non-Indians but must also collect cigarette taxes state imposed on nonmembers).

Tonasket v. Washington 411 U.S. 451 (1973) (reversing a Washington Supreme Court Ruling taxing Indians)


Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals

Treaty Fishing Rights

 

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Ryan, 415 F.3d 986 (9th Cir. 2005)

United States v. Washington, 157 F.3d 630 (9th Cir. 1998)

United States v. Washington, 135 F.3d 618 (9th Cir. 1998)

United States v. Washington, 98 F.3d 1159 (9th Cir. 1996)

Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Indian Nation v. Baldrige, 91 F.3d 1366 (9th Cir. 1996)

Parravano v. Babbitt, 70 F.3d 539 (9th Cir. 1995)

United States v. Washington, 969 F.2d 752 (9th Cir. 1992)

United States v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, 901 F.2d 772 (9th Cir. 1990)

United States v. Lummi Indian Tribe, 841 F.2d 317 (9th Cir. 1988)

Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakima Indian Nation v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 746 F.2d 466 (9th Cir. 1984)

United States v. Washington, 730 F.2d 1314 (9th Cir. 1984)

United States v. Washington, 645 F.2d 749 (9th Cir. 1981)

United States v. Lower Elwha Tribe, 642 F.2d 1141 (9th Cir. 1981)

Confederated Tribes of Colville Indian Reservation v. State of Washington, 591 F.2d 89 (9th Cir. 1979)

Purse Seine Vessel Owners Ass'n v. U.S. Department of State, 584 F.2d 931 (9th Cir. 1978)

Puget Sound Gillnetters v. United States District Court, 573 F.2d 1123 (9th Cir. 1978)

United States v. Washington, 520 F.2d 676 (9th Cir. 1975)

Gaming

Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma v. State of Oklahoma, 37 F.3d 1422 (10th Cir. 1994)

Sovereign Immunity

Shermoen v. United States, 982 F.2d 1312 (9th Cir. 1992)

Pembina Treaty Committee v. Lujan, 980 F.2d 543 (8th Cir. 1992)

Taxation

United States on behalf of Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe v. State of Michigan, 106 F.3d 130 (6th Cir. 1997)

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Nevins, 881 F.2d 657 (9th Cir. 1989)

Regulatory Authority

Moore v. Nelson, 270 F.3d 780 (9th Cir. 2001)

Bugenig v. Hoopa Valley Tribe, 266 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2001) (en banc)

Bugenig v. Hoopa Valley Tribe, 229 F.3d 1210 (9th Cir. 2000) (withdrawn panel opinion)

In Re Blue Lake Forest Products, Inc., 30 F.3d 1138 (9th Cir. 1994)

Baker Electric Co-op., Inc. v. Chaske, 28 F.3d 1466 (8th Cir. 1994)

John v. City of Salamanca, 845 F.2d 37 (2nd Cir. 1988)

Tribal Resources

City of Tacoma v. FERC and Skokomish Indian Tribe, 460 F.3d 53 (D.C. Cir. 2006)

Skokomish Indian Tribe v. United States, 410 F.3d 506 (9th Cir. 2005) (amended en banc opinion)

Tanadgusix Corp v. Huber, 404 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2005)

Westlands Water Dist. v. Hoopa Valley Tribe, 376 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2004

Bonnichsen v. United States, 367 F.3d 864 (9th Cir. 2004)

Skokomish Indian Tribe v. United States, 332 F.3d 551 (9th Cir. 2003) (withdrawn panel opinion)

Karuk Tribe of California v. United States, 209 F.3d 1366 (Fed. Cir. 2000)
Skokomish Indian Tribe v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 121 F.3d 1303 (9th Cir. 1997)
Short v. United States, 50 F.3d 994 (Fed. Cir. 1995)
Devils Lake Sioux Tribe v. State of North Dakota, 917 F.2d 1049 (8th Cir. 1990)
Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope v. United States, 827 F.2d 563 (9th Cir. 1987)
Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Christie, 812 F.2d 1097 (9th Cir. 1986)
Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope v. United States, 746 F.2d 570 (9th Cir. 1984)
Short v. United States, 719 F.2d 1133 (Fed. Cir. 1983)

United States District Courts

Treaty Fishing & Hunting Rights

Pacific Coast Fed. of Fishermen’s Assn. v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, No. C02-2006 SBA (N.D. Cal. 2003)

United States v. Washington, 909 F. Supp. 787 (W.D. Wash. 1995)

Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Indian Nation v. Baldrige, 898 F. Supp. 1477 (W.D. Wash. 1995)

United States v. Washington, 898 F. Supp. 1453 (W.D. Wash. 1995)

United States v. Washington, 873 F. Supp. 1422 (W.D. Wash. 1994)

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe v. Hall, 698 F. Supp. 1504 (W.D. Wash. 1988)

United States v. Washington, 626 F. Supp. 1405 (W.D. Wash. 1985)

Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakima Indian Nation v. Baldrige, 605 F. Supp. 833 (W.D. Wash. 1985)

United States v. Washington, 506 F. Supp. 187 (W.D. Wash. 1980)

United States v. Washington, 476 F. Supp. 1101 (W.D. Wash. 1979)

United States v. Washington, 459 F. Supp. 1020 (W.D. Wash. 1978)

Confederated Tribes of Colville Indian Reservation v. Washington, 412 F. Supp. 651 (E.D. Wash. 1976)

Gaming

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, et al. v. Engler,93 F. Supp. 2d 850 (W.D. Mich. 2000)

Kickapoo Tribe of Indians v. Kansas, 818 F. Supp. 1423 (D. Kan. 1993)

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. Swimmer, 740 F. Supp. 9 (D.D.C. 1990)

Taxation

United States on behalf of Saginaw Chippewa Tribe v. Michigan, 882 F. Supp. 659 (E.D. Mich. 1995)

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Nevins, 590 F. Supp. 198 (N.D. Cal. 1984)

Wilbur v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 1984-576 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1984)

Confederated Tribes of Colville Indian Reservation v. Washington, 446 F. Supp. 1339 (E.D. Wash. 1978)

Regulatory Authority

Moore v. Nelson N.D. Cal No. C 98-3736 MJJ (December 16, 1999)

Bugenig v. Hoopa Valley Tribe N.D. Cal. No.C-98-3409CW (March 4, 1999)

Devils Lake Sioux Indian Tribe v. North Dakota Public Service Com'n, 896 F. Supp. 955 (D.N.D. 1995)

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. United States, 861 F. Supp. 841 (D. Minn. 1994)

Kaul v. Wahquahboshkuk, 838 F. Supp. 515 (D. Kan. 1993)

In Re Blue Lake Forest Products, Inc., 143 B.R. 563 (N.D. Cal. 1992)

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Watt, 569 F. Supp. 943 (N.D. Cal. 1983)

United States v. Ferry County, 511 F. Supp. 546 (E.D. Wash. 1981)

Tribal Resources

Westland Water Dist. v. U.S. Dept. of Interior, 275 F. Supp. 2d 1157 (E.D. Cal. 2002)

Karuk Tribe of California v. United States, 41 Fed. Cl. 468 (Fed. Cl. 1998)  

Aleut Community of St. Paul Island v. Excel Navigation, No. A98-80 CV (JWS) (D. Ak.1998)

Lincoln v. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, 967 F. Supp. 966 (E.D. Mich. 1997)

Karuk Tribe of California v. United States, 28 Fed. Cl. 694 (Fed. Cl. 1993)

Short v. United States, 28 Fed. Cl. 590 (Fed. Cl. 1993)

Short v. United States, 25 Cl. Ct. 722 (Cl. Ct. 1992)


Ackley v. United States, 12 Cl. Ct. 306 (Cl. Ct. 1987)

Short v. United States, 12 Cl. Ct. 36 (Cl. Ct. 1987)

Puzz v. U.S. Department of Interior, 1984 WL 23255 (N.D. Cal. 1984)

Hoopa Valley Tribe of Indians v. United States, 4 Cl. Ct. 656 (Cl. Ct. 1984)

Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope v. United States, 548 F. Supp. 182 (D. Alaska 1982)

State Appellate Courts

Rodriguez v. Wong, 82 P.3d 263 (Wash. App. Div. 1 2004)

Postema v. PCHB, No. 67549-0 (Wash. S.Ct. 2000)

Skokomish v. Fitzsimmons, No. 23367-3-II (Wash. Ct. App., Div. II, Aug. 20, 1999)