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DOJ submits brief to Supreme Court in tribal court dispute
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
At the request of the
U.S. Supreme Court
Department of Justice
submitted a brief in
Miccosukee Tribe v. Kraus-Anderson Construction
, a tribal court jurisdiction case.
Government attorneys are urging the justices not to hear the case. They say the
of Florida cannot use the federal court system to enforce a tribal court judgement.
"This case involves a comparatively infrequent scenario, in which a judgment creditor has asked that a tribal-court judgment be recognized and enforced by a federal district court rather than a state court," DOJ wrote in the
. Government attorneys say the tribe has failed to cite a treaty or law that would authorize federal court jurisdiction.
The dispute centers on a $1.65 million judgment that the tribe won against
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
, a non-Indian company, in tribal court. The
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
said the judgement couldn't be enforced in federal court.
The tribe wants the Supreme Court to overturn the 11th Circuit ruling. In an unusual development, Kraus-Anderson is supporting the tribe's petition.
11th Circuit Decision:
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians v. Kraus-Anderson Company
(May 28, 2010)
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