Lawyer 'stunned' by ruling against Maine tribe

A lawyer for the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians said he was "stunned" by a federal appeals court ruling that subjects the tribe to state laws.

In a divided ruling, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe lost its sovereignty through a land claim settlement act. "I was stunned at the way that the court in many respects shredded federal Indian law," attorney Douglas Luckerman told the Associated Press.

Luckerman said he would consult the tribe to decide whether to seek a reconsideration or a full rehearing before the court. The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Get the Story:
Court rejects Micmac liberty (The Bangor Daily News 4/19)
1st Circuit: Micmacs are subject to state employment laws (AP 4/18)

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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