Blue Lake immunity case before Supreme Court

A 65-year-old California woman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a sovereign immunity case involving the Blue Lake Rancheria.

Rita Carls wants to sue the tribe over a building defect that led to a mold infestation in her home. The builder of the home was owned by the tribe's housing authority.

The state courts have dismissed the case due to the tribe's sovereign immunity.The Pacific Legal Foundation, a group that has challenged tribal authority over non-Indians, is representing Carls.

The case is Carls v. Blue Lake Housing Authority, No. 07-1037.

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Blue Lake Rancheria housing dispute may reach Supreme Court (The Eureka Times-Standard 3/28)
El Dorado Hills woman fighting Indian tribe over home repairs (The Sacramento Bee 3/26)