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Maine sovereignty case headed to Supreme Court
Monday, July 9, 2007
Filed Under: Law

Two Maine tribes who lost a critical sovereignty case are filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices are the last hope for the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that both tribes are subject to state employment laws.

The tribes fall under a land claims settlement that limited their sovereignty, the 1st Circuit said. Attorney Douglas Luckerman said the decision could have a negative impact throughout Indian Country.

The Supreme Court briefs will be filed in the coming months.

Get the Story:
Micmac-Maliseet sovereignty case headed to Supreme Court (Indian Country Today 7/9)

Get the Decision:
Aroostook Band v. Ryan (April 17, 2007)

Earlier Decisions:
Aroostook Band v. Ryan (December 5, 2005) } Aroostook Band v. Maine (April 13, 2005)

Related Decisions:
Narragansett Tribe v. Rhode Island (May 24, 2006)

Relevant Laws:
Maine Tribal Settlement Acts

Relevant Links:
Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission -

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