The NARF Legal Review is published semi-annually and provides updates on NARF’s cases and information on other timely Indian law topics. The most recent edition examines some of NARF’s cases from the winter of 2022 through spring of 2023. NARF’s cases featured in this edition of the Legal Review include:

Pebble Mine is Stopped—On January 31, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Water Section 404(c) determination that will stop the development of Pebble Mine, an immense proposed open pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay Watershed in Alaska. This action was the culmination of decades of effort from Bristol Bay residents. Leading those efforts was NARF’s client, the United Tribes of Bristol Bay.

Tribal-State Jurisdiction Resource—In response to the Castro-Huerta decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, to better understand the landscape of tribal and state jurisdiction in Indian Country, we have compiled an online guide to tribal and state jurisdiction in the 35 states where there are federally recognized tribes. 

Indian Water Rights Claims Symposium August 8-9, 2023—Since 1991, the Native American Rights Fund and the Western States Water Council have sponsored a biennial symposium to discuss the settlement of Indian reserved water rights claims. The symposium will be hosted virtually on August 8-9, 2023. A number of topics will be addressed by experts and participants regarding completed and ongoing negotiated settlements. Find updated information about the event at

You can learn more about NARF’s work, current and past, in the Legal Review archive.

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