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Alaska state judge upholds tribal court order
Thursday, November 20, 2003

A superior court judge in Alaska rejected the state's attempt to overturn a tribal court order.

The judge said Alaska's tribe's have a right to self-governance, including authority over tribal members. He refused to reverse an order that banished a man from the Alutiiq village of Perryville.

The Perryville court banished John Tague, saying he is a threat to the community. But Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) and his administration said that state courts should not be required to abide by tribal orders.

Get the Story:
Judge upholds tribal court's banishment of dangerous villager (The Anchorage Daily News 11/20)

Related Stories:
Alaska governor fighting tribe's banishment order (11/03)
Stevens: 'Sovereignty is not the answer' (10/27)

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