June 23, 2016

Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Judicial Authority

An equally divided Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Fifth Circuit in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, preserving the Choctaw tribe’s right to have its courts hear a suit involving the sexual molestation of a young tribal member at a Dollar General store.

Stris & Maher, on behalf of Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington, had filed an amicus brief urging the Court to uphold the tribal courts’ authority to hear the suit.

Related press coverage:
The U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Tribal Authority Intact (The Atlantic, June 23, 2016)
U.S. top court split 4-4 over in Native American tribal court dispute (Reuters, June 23, 2016)
Dollar General Ruling Shows New Justice Crucial For Tribes (Law360, June 23, 2016) (subscription required)
Justices’ Tie Means Dollar General Can’t Dodge Tribal Court (Law360, June 23, 2016) (subscription required)

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