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  • Interior Proposes to Ease Eligibility and Increase Funding for Tribal Housing Improvement Program (HIP)

    By: Rachel Giubilato | Law Clerk Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com On January 2, 2015 the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a Proposed Rule to amend the Housing Improvement Program (HIP). HIP provides federal funding for Native families who meet federal income guidelines to repair, replace, or renovate housing. The DOI expects the proposed changes to more efficiently prioritize HIP applicants and provide more adequate funding for Native applicants seeking HIP fun...

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  • What Will Be Your Holiday Story This Year?

    By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus--the holidays bring us all together to share each other's company, our stories and celebrate our families and friendships.  They  are also the material for future stories to our children.  How many times in the next week will we hear “remember when . . . . “ or “. . .and the time Uncle [fill in the blank] did [fill in the blank]??”  It often goes unnoticed, but ...

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  • OIG Sends a Warning Shot to Tribal Governments

    By: Robert G. Marasco | Attorney | robert.marasco@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Attention Tribal Governments: The Federal Government is watching, and they may be looking deeper into your financial books. A recent cautionary notice issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) puts tribal organizations on notice that OIG will be watching how they spend funds issued to th...

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  • Is Obama Ready to Help Thirsty Tribes?

    By: Hazel Ocampo | Attorney | hazel.ocampo@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden met with the leaders of 566 federally recognized Tribal Governments to discuss important topics affecting Tribal Nations, during the Tribal Nations Conference. Environmental and natural resources will figure prominently in the discussion. Topics will include the availability of technical assistance for tribal ren...

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  • 2015 Procopio Native American Practice Group Internships Awarded to Anna Hohag and Nichole Alex

    By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Procopio is pleased to welcome Anna Hohag (University of Arizona) and Nichole “Nikke” Alex (University of New Mexico) as the 2015 summer interns for the firm’s Native American Practice Group. Each paid internship extends ten weeks, and provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American co...

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  • The Role of Native American Tribes in Implementing California’s New Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

    By: Walter E. Rusinek | Senior Counsel | walter.rusinek@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Responding to continuing drought conditions in California that have led to the increased use of groundwater, the legislature passed and Governor Brown recently signed the “Sustainable Groundwater Management Act” and related provisions (“Act”). The Act is the state’s first serious effort to address on a state-wide basis the problem of groundwater overuse (ove...

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  • Native American Heritage Month: Celebrate it with The Cherokee Word for Water

    By: Haley Buzzard | Guest Contributor Stephanie Conduff | Law Clerk | stephanieconduff@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com November is Native American Heritage Month, and this brings to mind a lesson that modern day problems can still be solved through the use of traditional concepts, and strong resolve. This lesson is brought home in The Cherokee Word for Water, a feature-length motion picture that tells the story that led Wilma Pearl Mankiller to become th...

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  • Aviation in Indian County: Seminole Tribe of Florida

    By: Sandra L. Shippey | Partner | sandra.shippey@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com Stephanie Conduff | Law Clerk | stephanieconduff@procopio.com Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James E. Billie, an ex-military and licensed pilot, used to land his plane on a desolate reservation road. His airplane allowed him to travel independently to and from the Seminole Tribe of Florida reservation as he worked to develop Tribal businesses. My, how things have changed. ...

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