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Below is a selection of links that you may find helpful for general information or for more in-depth research that our firm has worked on:

The Role of Indian Tribes in America's Nuclear Future

Prepared for The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future by Chestnut Law Offices, April 29, 2011  (156 pages)

Brief Description:  This White Paper focuses on the modern role of Indian tribes in national policy-making concerning America’s nuclear future and its potential to affect Indian tribes, tribal resources or people.

Summary:  In 2011, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future asked Chestnut Law Offices to prepare a White Paper on tribal issues that could be used by the Commission to address federal Indian law issues concerning tribal governments regarding storage facilities and permanent disposal repositories for both used/spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes. Read the paper.


State v. Aamodt, 66-cv-6639 WJ/WPL (USDC NM)

Brief Description:  In early 2016, the federal district court issued and Order approving (1) the form of the Partial Final Judgment and Decree, (2) approved the Parties’ Settlement Agreement dated April 19, 2012 signed March 13, 2013 to consumptive use on surface and ground water of the Pojoaque Basin.

The Court subsequently issued the Partial Final Judgment and Decree or Water Rights of the Pueblos de San Ildefonso, Nambé, Pojoaque, and Tesuque.  It also issued the Interim Administrative Order requested by the eight government settlement parties.

Summary:  Over the past several months the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque (the “Pueblo Parties”) to the Aamodt Settlement have worked diligently to negotiate several agreements required by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (“Act”), Pub. L. No. 11-291, tit. VI, §§ 601-626, 124 Stat. 3064, 3134-56 (2010).  The Four Pueblo Parties and four other governments including the U.S. approved the Settlement Agreement dated April 19, 2012 and signed on March 13, 2013.  The Pueblo continues to work with the Bureau of Reclamation (“BOR”) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) and other governments on documents needed for each of the agencies and setting governments to carry out responsibilities under the Act. Read here.

Indian Law Touches the Art World: Emerging Issues Of Tribal Cultural and Intellectual Property

Brief Description:  The Chestnut Law Offices, P.A. presented at the Visual Arts & the Law CLE on July 28-29, 2016 hosted by CLE International.  The presentation described current and emerging issues Indian Law issues in the art world.  The Chestnut Law Offices presented the following paper as materials for the CLE.

Summary:  In the Southwest, issues are emerging that highlight the tensions between Art Law and Indian Law.  The following paper highlights and explores issues of the sale of tribal cultural property and the applicable tribal and federal laws that pertain to them.  In addition, the paper highlights current examples of tensions within intellectual property law as it pertains to tribal interests.  The paper seeks to provide readers with a current landscape of issues and pitfalls to be aware of, in addition to practical advice for practitioners or individuals who do business in these topic areas. Read here.