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Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powers
Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powers (June 27, 2016)

Federal prosecutors are now licensed to target Indians – and only Indians – who faced prosecution without assistance of counsel in tribal court proceedings.


Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (April 18, 2016)

US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.


John Lavelle: Supreme Court weighs key tribal sovereignty issue
John Lavelle: Supreme Court weighs key tribal sovereignty issue (February 10, 2016)

In the past, tribes have fought against legal theories and policy maneuvers that threatened to condemn a disproportionate number of Indians to long sentences in federal prison, or even the death penalty.