U.S. Supreme Court refuses Russell Means case

The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to tribal jurisdiction over all Indians.

Russell Means, the activist and actor, says he can't be prosecuted by the Navajo Nation because he is not Navajo. He raised constitutional challenges to the "Duro" fix, in which Congress recognized tribal jurisdiction over all Indians, regardless of membership.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the claims. The justices declined Means v. Navajo Nation, No. 05-1614, today.

The Supreme Court also denied Morris v. Tanner, No. 05-1285, a related case involving a Chippewa man who was prosecuted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. The man's family is allied with anti-Indian and anti-sovereignty groups.

Russell Means Jurisdiction Decision:
Russell Means v. Navajo Nation (August 23, 2005)

US v. Lara Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Breyer] | Concurrence [Stevens] | Concurrence [Kennedy | Concurrence [Thomas] | Dissent [Souter]

Relevant Links:
Russell Means -
Navajo Nation -
NARF-NCAI Tribal Supreme Court Project -

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