Tohono O’odham v. Glendale

Tohono O’odham v. Glendale, 1 CA-CV 10-0341 (Ariz. App. May 3, 2011)

The Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision yesterday reversing summary judgment on the annexation issue:


The Tohono O’odham Nation (“Nation”) appeals the grant of summary judgment to the City of Glendale (“Glendale”) on Nation’s challenge to Glendale’s purported annexation of real property owned by Nation. For the reasons that follow, we hold that when the validity of a municipality’s annexation ordinance is timely challenged in court, the annexation does not automatically become final thirty days after the ordinance was adopted. Accordingly, we reverse the grant of summary judgment in favor of Glendale and remand for entry of judgment in favor of Nation.

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Tohono O’odham land into trust issue

Please see the attached order and injunction issued yesterday by Judge Campbell in the federal district court case regarding the Tohono O’odham land into trust issue in Glendale. The Judge has enjoined Interior from taking the land into trust and enjoined Glendale’s annexation of Parcel 2 until the matter is decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tsosie Stays at ASU!

Great News! Professor Tsosie will stay at ASU! Last week Professor Tsosie sent a note to the Advisory Council, students and alumni stating she will stay at ASU with a slightly reconfigured faculty and administrative role that allows her greater participation at the University level. Patty Ferguson-Bohnee will assume the title of Executive Director on July 1 and Professor Tsosie will be working with her and the other faculty and staff of the ILP on designing the next phase of the Program’s development, which will more fully engage the University’s mission and vision for the future.

JOB: Picayune Rancheria

In House Legal Counsel

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians located in Coarsegold, California. Thirty minutes north of Fresno and a very short drive to beautiful Yosemite National Park, is looking for an In-House Legal Counsel. The In-House Legal Counsel provides legal advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government or any of the Tribe’s entities or departments. In addition, the Tribe’s Legal Counsel researches and writes complex legal opinions, prepares drafts of contracts, notices, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents. Stay current on the status of all laws, statutes, court decisions or other developments that may affect the Tribe, its governmentor any of its entities or departments. Respond to the Tribal Council’s request for legal advice on any issues that may affect its land, government, gaming or any of its entities or departments. Research and recommend the retention of outside legal experts when necessary to address the legal issues that the Tribal Council, the Tribe or any of its entities or departments may face. TheTribal Legal Counsel’s obligation is to ensure that the Tribal Council and the Tribe get the best legal advice on any particular legal issues, and must be professional enough to acknowledge his or her shortcomings in any legal field that may require the retention of an outside law firm.Qualifications: Doctoral Degree (JD); Must be a Member of the California Bar and licensed to practice law in the state of California. It is preferred that the Tribal Attorney have at least 7 to 10 years experience practicing Tribal Law in State and Federal arenas. Must have appropriate litigation experience to be able to evaluate and properly guide the Tribal Council on any litigationmatters. It is preferred the Tribal Attorney have experience in the area of Federal Indian law and Tribal Sovereignty.Tribal Member Preference Applies

Apply at:Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians46575 Road 417, Coarsegold, CA 93614Or call (559) 683-6633 ext.217Send resume to Date: June 1

Save the Date: NABA-AZ Awards Dinner

Save the Date

3rd Annual Seven Generations Award Dinner
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

NABA-AZ’s Annual Seven Generations Awards Dinner Planning Committee is requesting nominations for this year’s Awards recipients in the following three categories:

Member of the Year
The award is given to a member with a significant history of service and dedication to the organization and its goals.

Life Time Achievement
This award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution in the area of Indian Law in the State of Arizona for a long period of time.

Seventh Generation Community Award
This Award is to honor individuals or groups that make an impact in Indian Country; the product or service does not have to be legal in nature.

*The Awards Criteria is attached to this email.
** Please send your nominations to Sonia Martinez at by Friday, June 3 or (480) 352-5886