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Amid the current controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that has been making headlines for the last month, last week the United States Department of the Interior announced the cancellation of 15 oil and gas leases on the land of the Blackfeet Nation, a Native American tribe. Fortunately, the lands that were leased had not been tapped for oil, nor developed, which makes the cancellation a much simpler, and much more cost effective process.

The company that held the leases, Devon Energy, cooperated with the feds and agreed to accept a refund of approximately $200,000 to account for the fees and payments made to lease the land. While these lease cancellations will not stop the DAPL, the Blackfeet Nation, and many others, are happy that the land will continue to be preserved.

Today is Election Day. And once Barack Obama's tenure in office comes to a close over the next few months, a new president will take over the Oval Office and nominate a new Supreme Court justice as well. This could mean that some of the initiatives from the Obama administration may either be repealed in Congress or overturned by the Court.

Here's a look at five of those laws and what the future may hold for them in the next presidency.

It's the first Friday in November, known around the world as Love Your Lawyer Day. Yes, we've heard all of the lawyer jokes and shark comparisons. But for every stereotypical ambulance-chaser or over-zealous divorce lawyer you hear about, there are many more attorneys working their tails off for their clients with little recognition. And it's more likely than not that a lawyer has actually made your daily life better in some way.

So, for one day at least, let's all show our lawyers some love. Here's why, and how.

Representing yourself in court is already a bad idea. And we're pretty sure referring to yourself as 'an idiot' and 'incompetent,' all while demanding the court pay you $1 million for your legal service, probably doesn't help matters. But that's the sovereign citizen movement for you.

Wait, what the heck is a sovereign citizen?

If you're already planning your summer road trip based on how many national parks you can see, good for you. Supporting federally protected parks and wilderness means preserving places of nature and wonder for future generations. And part of that support means visiting our national parks legally.

In an effort to preserve native ecology, national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Everglades can be very particular about the kind of activities they permit. Here's a list of the seven most important national parks laws.

Supreme Court justices are appointed to life terms, which in some cases means they serve on the court until they die. This is what happened over the weekend when 79-year-old Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at a ranch in Texas on Saturday.

So what does the Court do now? How will Justice Scalia be replaced, and what will happen to the cases pending in the Court until then?

Last year, same-sex marriage, legal marijuana, and Black Lives Matter made the most legal headlines. But what about in 2016? Many new statutes are set to go into effect this year, and in January alone, the Supreme Court is hearing cases on labor rights, free speech, and double jeopardy.

So which new laws are going to make the most news in 2016? We've got a few guesses:

When we hear that something is against the law, we generally don't question where the law comes from. But 'the law' can mean a lot of things, from general ideas about jurisprudence all the way down to a written ordinance. And while the words 'law' and 'regulation' are often used interchangeably, they can refer to very distinct things.

Although the effect of laws and regulations can often be the same, it is important to understand how they are different.

Coming out of the Summer break and having completed its Long Conference, the Supreme Court is gearing up for a busy Fall. On the oral arguments calendar for the October term are cases covering juries in death penalty trials, energy consumption incentives, and whether a man who's been in prison over 50 years can be set free.

Here's what you need to know about the biggest cases coming up in the Supreme Court:

Banned Books Week: Wild Works That Shaped Our Rights and Minds

Literature provokes and exposes readers to new ideas. But some books make us uncomfortable for that very reason. So, each year, American libraries and literary institutions celebrate Banned Books Week to remind us that freedom of expression is a constitutional right, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

"Art certainly cannot advance under compulsion to traditional forms, and nothing ... is more stifling to progress than limitation of the right to experiment with a new technique," wrote Judge Augustus Hand in his opinion in United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses, a 1934 case that shaped censorship in the USA.