Legal group wants sovereign immunity reviewed
A conservative-leaning legal group wants the U.S. Supreme Court , or Congress, to review whether tribes are entitled to sovereign immunity.

Pacific Legal Foundation, which has represented non-Indians in cases against tribes, asked the high court to review a case involving the Blue Lake Rancheria of California. A non-Indian woman wanted to sue a home building firm that is owned by the tribe.

The California courts dismissed the case, citing the tribe's sovereign immunity. A tribal spokesperson also said the woman's claims about her home are without merit.

The high court refused to hear the appeal. But Pacific Legal says the issue won't go away.

"At some point either Congress or the high court will have to reconsider the broad application of sovereign immunity," attorney Meriem Hubbard said, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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

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