Turtle Talk: Judge in Indian law cases to resign
"This is big news. Sitting on the Tenth Circuit, Judge McConnell wrote important opinions in many Indian law cases. He wrote the opinion in United States v. Friday, rejecting an Indian’s challenge to federal bald eagle statutes. His concurring opinion in Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Wagnon, 402 F.3d 1015 (10th Cir. 2005), became the basis for holding that Kansas’s refusal to recognize motor vehicle licenses issued by the PBPN after the Supreme Court vacated the opinion in late 2005. 476 F.3d 818 (10th Cir. 2007). And in United States v. Arrieta, 436 F.3d 1246 (10th Cir. 2006), he wrote the majority opinion in a criminal jurisdiction case holding that a county-maintained road within the Pojoaque Pueblo was still Indian Country.

Incidentally, I would nominate Alex Skibine for the open seat."

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Tenth Circuit Judge McConnell Resigns Post to Take Chair at Stanford Law (Turtle Talk 5/5)