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Ute Tribe concerned about state encroachment on the reservation (12/08)
The Ute Tribe of Utah wants to meet with federal authorities to address concerns about state jurisdiction on the reservation. In Hagen v. Utah, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Uintah and Ouray Reservation was diminished by act of...

City officials visit Oneida Nation cigarette manufacturing facility (11/30)
Local officials toured the new cigarette manufacturing plant on the Oneida Nation in New York. The tribe started producing tobacco at the facility in October. The plant is located on the 32-acre reservation. Some officials in the city of Oneida...

Judge approves settlement in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe lawsuit (11/24)
A federal judge approved a settlement with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The agreement defines the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation. It declares the land to be Indian Country, subject to tribal and federal law "This settlement clearly recognizes...

Judge considers settlement over Saginaw Chippewa reservation (11/23)
A federal judge could approve a settlement with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan as early as today. Judge Thomas L. Ludington is holding a hearing this morning to consider the deal. It settles the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins support for reservation settlement (11/10)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan won support from Isabella County for a settlement to its reservation status case. The deal settles the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation. It addresses law enforcement, land-into-trust and taxation issues. For the first time,...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe finalizes settlement in reservation status (11/09)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has settled a lawsuit over the boundaries of its reservation. In 2005, the tribe sued the state to clarify the Indian Country status of the Isabella Reservation. The Department of Justice sided with the...

Yakama Nation collaborates closely with local law enforcement (09/15)
Cooperation is key for successful law enforcement on the reservation, Yakama Nation Chairman Harry Smiskin said. The tribe works closely with local, state and federal authorities to determine who can exercise jurisdiction over a crime. The effort helps ensure that...

Race an issue when it comes to law enforcement on reservations (09/06)
The new Tribal Law and Order Act will boost law enforcement efforts in Indian Country but it won't change how race plays a role in jurisdiction. Depending on the race of the perpetrator and the race of the victim, jurisdiction...

Three brothers from Sault Tribe found guilty of fishing violations (08/24)
Three members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan were found guilty of violating fishing violations after a trial in tribal court. Brothers Andrew, Kevin and John Schwartz were ticketed on a total of 105 violations....

Robinson Rancheria, county finalize law enforcement agreement (08/20)
The Robinson Rancheria finalized a law enforcement agreement with Lake County, California. The tribe's police officers are federally commissioned. They will be able to enforce federal law, and some state laws, against all people on the reservation. The agreement allows...

Opinion: Tribal Law and Order Act blurs jurisdictions for California (08/17)
"Ray Lutz, Democratic candidate for the 52nd Congressional district, slammed incumbent Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s vote against the Tribal Law and Order Act HR725. Democratic Lutz, I assume, did not read the “riders” (90 pages) added to HR725 which seem...

Yankton Sioux woman drops tribal lawsuit against BIA officers (08/11)
A member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe has withdrawn a lawsuit that she filed in tribal court against two Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers. Gail Hubbeling sued after she was arrested on the reservation. She said the officers violated...

Muscogee Nation ready to register offenders within jurisdiction (08/11)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma plans to have its sex offender registration system up and running within the next month or so. The tribe will register offenders who live on Indian land within its 11-county area. The effort will be...

San Manuel Band won't see change with Tribal Law and Order Act (08/02)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California doesn't expect to see much change under the newly-signed Tribal Law and Order Act. The tribe has reached law enforcement agreements with local jurisdictions. Spokesperson Jacob Coin said the situation won't...

US Attorney objects to lawsuit against BIA officers in Yankton court (07/30)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota says a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe should not be able to sue Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers. in tribal court. Gail Hubbeling sued two officers following an arrest on the...

Energy company challenges Ute Tribe on banishment proceeding (07/29)
An energy company is asking a federal judge to stop the Ute Tribe of Utah from proceeding with a banishment. QEP Field Services, a subsidiary of Questar Corporation, operates five plants on the reservation. A dispute over the construction of...

County returns seized cigarettes and property to Cayuga Nation (07/28)
Seneca County in New York finally returned tobacco products and property to the Cayuga Nation, 18 months after conducting an illegal raid on tribal land. The county returned 12,628 cartons of cigarettes, computers and other records on Tuesday, The...

County won't intervene in Colorado River Indian Tribes lease flap (07/28)
Officials in Riverside County, California, won't interfere in a lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and non-Indians. Assistant County Counsel Katherine Lind said the Water Wheel Camp Recreation Area is part of the reservation. "It's tribal land as...

Non-Indians continue to fight Colorado River Indian Tribes on rent (07/27)
Some non-Indians who lease land from the Colorado River Indian Tribes haven't paid rent in over a decade. Ron Jones, 75, hasn't paid since 1994. He refuses to do so because he believes the Water Wheel Camp Recreation Area...

Tribal police meet with federal prosecutors for law enforcement (07/08)
Tribal police chiefs in Wisconsin met with federal prosecutors on Wednesday to discuss law enforcement issues in Indian Country. Tribal police need help combating a rise in gangs and drugs on reservations, the chiefs said. They cited concerns about adequate...

8th Circuit backs Meskwaki jurisdiction over non-Indian business (07/08)
The Meskwaki Nation of Iowa can assert jurisdiction over a non-Indian business, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. Generally, tribes lack jurisdiction over non-Indians. But the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montana v. US sets out two...

Obama administration sues to block Arizona anti-immigrant law (07/07)
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona over SB1070, the state's controversial anti-immigration law. The lawsuit contends the law, which allows state police officers to ask about a person's immigration status, is unconstitutional. The Obama administration says SB1070...

Judge dismisses county's tobacco case against Cayuga Nation (06/29)
A judge in New York dismissed indictments against the Cayuga Nation and ordered Seneca County to return $375,000 worth of cigarette to the tribe. The tribe won a decision from the New York Court of Appeals that protected its smoke...

Editorial: Court made right call on pursuits onto reservations (06/22)
"The New Mexico State Supreme Court made the right decision earlier this month when it ruled that law enforcement officers can pursue and question suspects of a crime onto reservation land. Although the range of crime investigations this could affect...

Arizona governor wants tribal cooperation on immigrant law (06/15)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) wants tribes to cooperate with the enforcement of SB1070, the state's controversial anti-immigration law. Brewer asked the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs on May 24 to work with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training...

Counties ask Supreme Court to hear Cayuga Nation tax case (06/11)
Officials in Cayuga County and Seneca County in New York will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Cayuga Nation tobacco tax case. The counties sued two tribal smoke shops in November 2008 and seized tribal assets. In May,...

New Mexico court affirms state officer pursuit to reservation (06/09)
State police officers can pursue members of the Navajo Nation onto the reservation and investigate crimes committed off the reservation, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. David Harrison, a tribal member, was suspected of speeding and driving under...

Counties head towards appeal of Cayuga tobacco tax case (05/31)
Officials in Cayuga County and Seneca County in New York are moving towards an appeal in the Cayuga Nation tobacco tax dispute. The counties raided two tribal smoke shops in November 2008. Earlier this month, the New York Court of...

10th Circuit ends Northern Arapaho man's jurisdiction case (05/27)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to consider whether a crime committed by Andrew Yellowbear Jr., a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, occurred in Indian Country. Yellowbear was convicted in Wyoming state court for first-degree murder. He is...

10th Circuit hears Northern Arapaho man's jurisdiction case (05/24)
Correction: The state courts have ruled that Riverton is not Indian Country. The first version of this post left out of the word "not." The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on May 6 in the case of Andrew...

Prosecutor won't drop tobacco case against Cayuga Nation (05/24)
The district attorney in Cayuga County, New York, plans to bring criminal charges against the Cayuga Nation despite a court ruling that supported the tribe's rights. On May 11, the The New York Court of Appeals said Cayuga County and...

Seneca Nation man loses online tobacco sale case in Oregon (05/14)
Scott Maybee, a member of the Seneca Nation in New York, lost an Internet tobacco sales case in Oregon. Maybee operates a business on his tribe's reservation and sells cigarettes over the Internet. Some of his brands are not included...

Court bars Washington from applying state law at treaty site (05/14)
The state of Washington can't enforce its criminal laws against tribal members at a treaty site on the Columbia River, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. The state charged Lester Ray Jim, a member of the Yakama Nation,...

Montana tribe announces policy on state medical marijuana (05/13)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana won't be adopting the state's new medical marijuana law. Initiative 148 allows state registered caregivers and patients to grow and possess a certain number of marijuana plants. But the tribe says its...

Cayuga Nation to sue two counties for raid on smoke shops (05/12)
The Cayuga Nation plans to sue two New York counties for raiding the tribe's smoke shops and seizing tribal property. The tribe always contended that Cayuga and Seneca counties lacked jurisdiction over its two smoke shops. A ruling from...

Man arrested for nuclear protest wants to be tried by tribe (05/12)
A non-Indian man who was arrested for holding a protest at a U.S. military missile site in North Dakota wants to be tried by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. James Richard Sauder is charged with trespassing at the...

Sault Tribe begins court proceedings over fishing violations (05/11)
Three members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan are in tribal court for violating tribal fishing regulations. The three tribal members are accused of illegally setting nets in Little Bay de Noc to catch walleye....

Officials challenge Sho-Ban jurisdiction over non-Indians (05/03)
Officials in Idaho are questioning whether the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes can assert jurisdiction over non-Indians on the Fort Hall Reservation. The tribe enacted a new land-use ordinance that extends to Indian and non-Indian owned properties. It was developed after a church...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe blasts county on policing agreement (04/22)
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe says Benewah County, Idaho went back on its word to reach a law enforcement agreement. The tribe and the county announced an agreement in principle in March to resolve cross-deputization, jurisdiction and other issues. The tribe...

House Resources Committee to take up Pueblo land bill (04/19)
The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing this Wednesday on three bills. One of the bills is H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act. The bill clarifies that the Indian Pueblo Council Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe, county agree on law enforcement (03/18)
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe reached a law enforcement agreement in principle with Benewah County, Idaho. The deal will allow tribal officers to enforce state law and county officers to enforce tribal law. Tribal officers won't be able to cite non-Indians...

9th Circuit rules two criminal defendants aren't 'Indian' (03/17)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday set aside the convictions of two men because they are not "Indian" as defined by federal law In the first case, Gordon Mann was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor....

Soo Tribe charges three for violating fishing regulations (03/16)
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan charged three of its members for violating fishing regulations. The three tribal members are accused of illegally setting nets in Little Bay de Noc to catch walleye. The fish were...

Only two tribes, one state compliant with Adam Walsh (03/11)
Tribes are ahead of states when it comes to meeting the mandates of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which is part of the Adam Walsh Act, requires tribal and state...

Counties opposing Coeur d'Alene law enforcement bill (03/05)
Five counties in Idaho passed a resolution against the State and Indian Tribal Law Enforcement Act. The bill allows a tribe to enforce state law against non-Indians if a county refuses to negotiate a cooperative agreement. It was designed to...

Opinion: Sheriff small-minded over tribal police deal (02/15)
"Benewah County Sheriff Robert Kirts isn’t going to win his battle to continue to treat Coeur d’Alene tribal police with contempt. He’s already losing that war. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of a bill that...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe at odds with county over police (02/11)
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Benewah County, Idaho, are providing different accounts of law enforcement on the reservation. The tribe had a cross-deputization agreement with the county. Sheriff Bob Kirts revoked it because he said non-Indians were being booked in...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe law enforcement bill introduced (02/10)
The Idaho House Judiciary Committee voted to introduce a bill that would allow police officers from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to arrest and cite non-Indians for violating state laws. The tribe has cooperative law enforcement agreement with Kootenai County....

Editorial: Sheriff wrong about Coeur d'Alene policing (02/08)
"In a reasonable world, a public-safety measure like one the Idaho Legislature should see in the coming days would not be necessary. But sometimes the world is decidedly unreasonable – like the part under the jurisdiction of Benewah County Sheriff...

Coeur d'Alene law enforcement bill stirs controversy (02/05)
A proposed bill that would expand the arrest authority of police officers for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is stirring up controversy in the Idaho Legislature. The bill would authorize cooperative law enforcement agreement between the tribe and counties. If the...

Judge dismisses indictment against Aquash defendant (02/04)
A Canadian man who is accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash will no longer face charges in federal court but a case in South Dakota state court will proceed. John Graham was indicted for Aquash's...

Editorial: Support tribal arrest authority over non-Indians (02/03)
"The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is supporting proposed legislation that would allow tribal officers to make arrests of non-tribal members on reservation land in Benewah County. Officials in Benewah County don't like that a bit. They say it's unconstitutional. We...

Bozo Opinion: Obama pushing tribal jurisdiction bill (01/28)
"I can say, without reservation, that I’m not a racist. Black or white, yellow or brown, I don’t care, so long as the fellah is decent and sociable. Obama, however, IS racist, and it shows in this proposed piece of...

Northern Arapaho Tribe can file brief in murder case (01/27)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can file a brief in the appeal of a tribal member. Andrew Yellowbear Jr. was convicted in state court of murdering his daughter. The crime occurred in...

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe says officers acted illegally (01/14)
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington admitted two officers acted outside of their authority when they stopped and detained three non-Indian men off the reservation. The tribe fired Gus Goller, the lead officer who was in charge of the...

Northern Arapaho Tribe backs man in jurisdiction case (01/13)
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is supporting the appeal of a tribal member who was convicted of murdering his daughter. Andrew Yellowbear Jr. was convicted in state court. The incident occurred in Riverton, a border town that the tribe...

Tribal jurisdiction, Redskins cases up for review (11/10)
The Supreme Court will consider petitions in two cases of note, Turtle Talk reports. The first is Elliott v. White Mountain Apache Tribal Court. Valinda Jo Elliott, a non-Indian, is challenging the authority of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of...

Charges considered against Port Gamble officers (10/28)
Two natural resource officers from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington could face charges for allegedly detaining three non-Indian men off the reservation. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation...

Judge dismisses Indian Country lawsuit (10/08)
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to determine whether parts of Fremont County, Wyoming, are Indian Country. The Northern Arapaho Tribe said parts of the county are part of the Wind River Reservation. But Judge Clarence A. Brimmer...

Woman pleads not guilty for Aquash death (10/06)
Thelma Rios, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, entered a not guilty plea in connection with the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Rios, 64, is charged in state court with...

Tribes affected by criminal registry measure (10/05)
The House passed a bill last week requires tribes to participate in a national criminal registry for arsonists and bombers. H.R.1727, the Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act, allows tribes to submit information about arsonists and bombers directly to...

Judge backs CRIT authority over non-Indians (09/30)
Non-Indians who lease land from the Colorado River Indian Tribes are subject to tribal court jurisdiction, a federal judge ruled. The Water Wheel Camp Recreation Area entered into a "consensual relationship" with the tribe, Judge David Campbell said. That satisfies...

'Tribal Justice News' from Justice Department (09/30)
Every week, the Department of Justice compiles a list of recent federal activity in Indian Country. Here is the latest "Tribal Justice News" for the week of September 29. Man Indicted for Bank Fraud and Larceny (U.S. Attorney for the...

Turtle Talk: Single US Attorney not full solution (09/29)
"Some commentators have proposed that there should be a United States Attorney’s Office for Indian Country. Any kind of dedicated law enforcement structure for Indian Country would be a dramatic improvement, but there are still serious issues that must be...

Opinion: Create US Attorney for Indian Country (09/28)
"Conditions in this obscure country, as reported by sources ranging from Amnesty International to a U.S. Senate committee, are appalling. One in three women will be raped in her lifetime. Half the reported murders and 72% of child sex crimes...

Editorial: Indian justice system never worked (09/25)
"The Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles and has a population of 250,000, or one-quarter of a million people. Yet, its criminal justice system is woefully inadequate. For example, there are only about 100 beds in various jails combined. The...

Turtle Talk: Indian status in criminal jurisdiction (09/23)
"The Eighth Circuit’s decision that Matthew Stymiest is an “Indian” under 18 U.S.C. 1153(a) raises possible constitutional questions about due process and vagueness of a criminal statute, and it may be ripe for review by the Supreme Court as a...

Leech Lake driver loses state jurisdiction case (09/11)
A member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe who was stopped for a traffic violation on the Mille Lacs Ojibwe Reservation can face charges in state court, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. David Michael Davis was stopped...

Two indicted in state court for Aquash murder (09/11)
Two people have been indicted in South Dakota for the December 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham, 53, and Thelma Rios, 64, are charged with felony murder in relation to kidnapping and with...

Column: 'Scary' bill to settle with Spokane Tribe (08/27)
"Sportsmen and their access to portions of Lake Roosevelt don’t appear to have much stature in the latest Congressional legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for the impacts of Grand Coulee Dam. The bills were introduced in June with no...

Court describes tribal powers over non-Indians (08/05)
A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals describes the limited powers that tribal law enforcement have over non-Indians. Tribal police may detain non-Indians for "obvious violations" such as drunk-driving, the court said. The non-Indians have to be turned...

Appeals court dismisses charge in Aquash case (07/28)
A Canadian man can't be charged for a crime in Indian Country because federal prosecutors didn't show he was "Indian," the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. John Graham was indicted for the December 1975 murder of American Indian...

Puyallup Tribe aids crackdown on illegal fireworks (06/11)
The Puyallup Tribe is helping the city of Tacoma, Washington, crack down on illegal fireworks. The tribe used to send undercover officers to tribal fireworks stands to look for illegal items. But tribal members learned to recognize the officers so...

State court blocks sex offender law in Indian Country (06/08)
Three members of the Navajo Nation who live on the reservation and do not work or attend school outside reservation boundaries do not have to register as sex offenders in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled. Arnold Atcitty,...

Aquash murder trial delayed until appeal resolved (05/06)
A federal judge indefinitely delayed the trial of two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Judge Lawrence Piersol said he won't take action until the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals resolves key issues. The...

Case against Aquash murder defendant coming apart (05/01)
A federal judge dismissed a key charge against a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash and indicated the remaining charges will be dismissed. Judge Lawrence Piersol agreed that John Graham can't be charged with...

School districts dispute Navajo court jurisdiction (04/30)
Two public school districts on the Navajo Nation say they aren't subject to tribal court jurisdiction. The Red Mesa School District and the Cedar Unified School District filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks to stop the Navajo Nation...

Trial for Aquash murder defendants set to begin (04/27)
A trial for two men accused of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is set to begin May 12. John Graham, a Native man from Canada, and Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, are charged...

Mining company weighs move in Indian Country case (04/23)
A uranium company is weighing its next move after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a proposed mine is located in Indian Country. Hydro Resources Inc., a subsidiary of Uranium Resources Inc, could ask an en banc panel...

10th Circuit rules in Indian Country status case (04/20)
A proposed uranium mine in New Mexico is located in Indian Country, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday. Hydro Resources Inc., a subsidiary of Uranium Resources Inc, wants to develop a 160-acre site near Churchrock. The...

8th Circuit hears Indian status appeal in Aquash case (04/16)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Wednesday in the case of a man who is accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham is from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in...

Editorial: Unjust criminal system in Indian Country (04/07)
"It was tragic, what happened Aug. 27. On that day, two men were walking between Whiteclay, Nebr., and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Both were killed by a drunk driver. It was tragic, what happened just a week ago when...

Man sentenced for deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (03/31)
A non-Indian man was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for killing two people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Timothy Hotz, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter. He admitted he was drinking and...

Turtle Talk: Tribal court jurisdiction case (03/30)
"SCOTUSBlog lists Coushatta Tribe v. Meyer & Assoc. as a petition to watch for the April 3, 2009 conference. A cursory review of the cert petition shows that there may be a conflict in the state courts about whether the...

Wyoming court upholds DUI arrest on reservation (03/26)
A non-Indian man who was detained by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer before being arrested for drunk driving was lawfully arrested, the Wyoming Supreme Court said on Wednesday. A Fremont County sheriff's deputy was in pursuit of David R....

County seeks reservation law enforcement funds (03/25)
A county in Nebraska that has claimed jurisdiction over tribal lands is asking the state to pay for the costs of reservation law enforcement. Thurston County is home to the Omaha Tribe and the Winnebago Tribe. Native Americans make...

8th Circuit to hear appeal in Aquash murder case (03/23)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on April 15 for one of the men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham is from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in Canada. He...

Turtle Talk: Watch tribal court jurisdiction case (03/19)
"The Eighth Circuit will be hearing Amerind v. Malaterre shortly. The appellant’s brief is here (amerind-appellant-brief). Our previous posting, with the district court materials and opinion, and the Turtle Mountain appellate court opinion is here. [Disclosure--I was a sitting appellate...

Editorial: Don't restore Miccosukee sovereignty (02/23)
"When someone commits a crime or is involved in an accident in Florida, it is generally understood that the state has jurisdiction and will proceed with whatever investigation, charge, penalty or punishment is warranted. This clear delineation of authority would...

Turtle Talk: Indian status and criminal jurisdiction (02/12)
"United States v. Cruz has been getting a fair bit of attention these days in the news probably because Judge Kozinski dissented so strongly. It is very interesting to see the Ninth Circuit struggle over who is an Indian for...